Pastels and Watercolors (and a few other art media)

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  1. terri

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    I hope to get something put up over the weekend. I love seeing everyone's creative sides coming out!


     
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    waday Do one thing every day that scares you Supporting Member

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    Story of my life.. I mean, my art. Yes, story of my art...
     
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  3. snowbear

    snowbear Oh, hai. I iz bear. Supporting Member

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    Yep - maybe not the irises, but something. I'll look through my Flickrs.
     
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    Here's one I did where "one more thing" backfired on me. I started this one with the thought of practicing gradual coloring and shadow with the oil pastels in these tall grasses, and built a little landscape around those lines.

    Then I thought a human figure would be a good "one more thing" and I always need people practice. I put the person in the wrong place and now the thing looks crowded, off balance and icky. I had decided to add her when I was almost done, and didn't want to scrape away the tall right side grasses that I liked, so I crammed her in on the left.

    Bad move. Looks terrible. :icon_mad:


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    But I do like the grass! :lol: I took a close up: lots of layering here, it got thick and yummy with texture. Too bad I screwed up the rest of it.

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    I like her location. Great scene! Yes that grass is killer.
     
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    I tried another cherry tree. This one using the splatter technique. Been working on my branches. These are better than last time but should have left some spaces. Had to use a little white acrylic paint since I didn’t have any white watercolor or gauche.

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    Well, I appreciate that, but you know how it is. Once you've decided something's more or less crap, it's hard to see it otherwise. :lol:

    Your cherry tree is kicking! I like the acrylic paint idea. It stands out and pushes those reds - wonderful to look at. I did something similar once but it was virtually all white, I'll hunt it down.

    You should be tickled with this one! :)
     
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    I’m super happy with the shapes in this one but colors, amount of paint/water and layering still have a long way to go. I’m struggling to keep it loose since I don’t have the skill to go for a detailed look but then I start tweaking the “loose” version and end up with something that is not loose enough to be loose. Still I’m totally surprised at how much I’m enjoying watercolors.
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  9. snowbear

    snowbear Oh, hai. I iz bear. Supporting Member

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    OK, I quit. You folks are really showing me up.

    Well, maybe I'll go a little longer. I'm trying to watercolor a variation of the Maryland State Flower, the Black-Eyed Susan.
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    by Charlie Wrenn, on Flickr.

    I'm going to post this one in stages. That will commit me to finishing and not tossing it (unless a certain kitty decides to surf over it) so sometime tomorrow for any additional progress.

    #1 - Putting in some of the blue (and green) background. For giggles I put table salt on those areas to try and break it up. The results are mixed.
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    #2 - Sketching in the flower areas. I'm not sketching with pencil as I pre-wet the paper and tried to stretch it a little. We'll see how that works out.
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    snowbear Oh, hai. I iz bear. Supporting Member

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    Good morning. I didn't find any footprints on the paper so it's good so far.

    #3 - I started layering in more color and definition to the flowers and adding some extremely dilute blue into the background. I don't really care for the salt effect, except maybe top-right; probably just used too much in some areas. The brown in this kit (Crayola kid's eight color pans) is too red, so I mixed in a touch of green.
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    snowbear Oh, hai. I iz bear. Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't say terrible. A little heavy to one side, but still something to admire.
     
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    Meh. ;)

    You're very kind!
     

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