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Saturday, September 16, 2006


It looks nothing like the reference picture. Not to mention the obvious mistakes I made while working this piece. In hindsight I shouldn't have add the yellows as it only made an already bad work even worse. I am going to give it another try this weekend.

I actually started out fine laying in the initial washes of yellows, blues and reds. It was when I painted in the violet clouds that things got out of hand. Dealing with a very cloudy sky is still difficult for me. The timing required to do wet in wet painting is a little stiff. Work too fast and the colors just end up dripping, work too slow and they end up drying with hard edges. At any rate... like that old proverb says: "before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water."

with watercolors... you need lots of patience
with watercolors... timing is critical
with watercolors... you need to buy napkins once a month

with watercolors... the colors are never what they seem
with watercolors... it's not the legnth of your brush but how you use it
and most of all...
with watercolors... you get the best results if you work wet



aperire said...

hey, it's a good work you have there with water colors...i'm not a painter but i think the yellow color gave your work more life... it's like the sun streaking behind the shadows... =)

Salubri said...

thanks. it's just that i think the yellow is overly saturated and the clouds look a little too dabbed out.

i am going to rework this for sure. just not today... :D

Allison said...

I think this is neat. But the trees are too pale - they should be a more stark silhouette against the dreamy sky. That would make both elements stand out more. Can you cheat and go over the trees with black acrylic, or something that will make them really dark?

Ooh, yeah I see what you mean about that yellow...

Salubri said...

oh i definitely agree with the trees being too pale. i can brush them over with the same color mix again since foreground elements are usually done when the paper dries completely.

[QUOTING ALLISON: Ooh, yeah I see what you mean about that yellow...]

This is what I'm saying. ;)