View Full Version : WDE 24 Feb 12 - Sunlit Birches

02-26-2012, 09:04 AM
Thanks Bonnie for lovely refs - saw lots I wanted to do but time was an issue so I just did one ....for now.

I also want to do the sunny still life and the doggies but I'll see how I'm fixed for time in the week. I need to get some of these half done pieces finished :rolleyes:

I had gouache out as I'm working on a laborious piece for Gouache Corner.

I don't like gouace so much to be honest - too flat for me so I livened it up by working with watercolours too. I had some white Gouache and I added tints of watercolour to it to get the effects on the snow. Then I smoothed it over by a glaze with diluted white ink. The sky was worked with watercolour glazes - so it's mixed watermedia.

'Sunlite Birches'
A4 300gsm weave texture generic wc paper
Mixed Water Media: Gouache, watercolour & Ink


Scan doesn't show it (always a problem with light values) but there are hints of pink, blue lilac and cream in the snow - it isn't as bland as it looks here.... Scans seem to wash all the warmth out and increase the contrats.

2 hour stage


Total about 3 and half hours inc drying.

Look out in the week for any others :wink2:

02-26-2012, 09:08 AM
Beautiful work.

02-26-2012, 09:12 AM
Beautiful work.
I agree!:)

Valri Ary
02-26-2012, 09:12 AM
WOW...this is very nice. Too bad the scan took out the other colors....

02-26-2012, 11:02 AM
Beautiful mixed media (way to go IMO). This is an outstanding watermedia painting. Very striking with the underpainting and the bits of white ink are just right. Excellent job.

02-26-2012, 12:06 PM
Wonderful work - maybe mixed media is the way to go! The textures are terrific. I know what you mean about the colors - even with a camera they don't always come through.

02-26-2012, 12:59 PM

02-26-2012, 01:00 PM
Thanks all - I'm going to take a photo tomorrow in daylight and see if the subtle colours show. There are pale creams and pinks and oranges in the snow reflecting touches of burnt orange colour in the foliage and the sky is a subtle pale gradation of violet down through blue to blue-grey.

02-26-2012, 01:52 PM
Nice, Lin! I thought it was pastels at first because of the paper texture showing.

02-26-2012, 04:39 PM
Its gorgeous Lin

02-26-2012, 06:31 PM
Beautiful work, I really like this.

Leya Lakshmanan
02-27-2012, 05:20 AM
I loved this one!

02-27-2012, 06:13 AM
Love it!

02-27-2012, 06:19 AM
Your attention to detail is incredible. I love all the details that you put in . Great work!

02-27-2012, 09:24 AM
Thanks all

I've rescanned it - on my ew scanner there are settings to focus in on softer values so now it looks a little better.... AND more TRUE to life.


Much better and more like the ACTUAL painting.

02-27-2012, 09:43 AM
WOW Lin this is gorgous, as vibrant as I remember the scene when I took the picture (I love the addition of the bird)

02-27-2012, 10:00 AM
WOW Lin this is gorgous, as vibrant as I remember the scene when I took the picture (I love the addition of the bird)

I think you are the first to notice the bird :D I dont' know if robins are indigenous in Canada but they sit on birches here.

I wanted to bring out the warmth of the sunshine - which the first scan didn't achieve.

02-27-2012, 03:28 PM
I really like the additional color in the second post, Lin!

02-27-2012, 08:57 PM
Great job on all that foliage poking through the snow. I hope you get to the doggies soon :)

02-28-2012, 01:14 AM
It is beautiful Lin:clap:

02-28-2012, 12:30 PM
Great job on all that foliage poking through the snow. I hope you get to the doggies soon :)

made a start skteching them out last night - very hard to see the black one though - no definition around the face - had to work from monitor to see the eyes.

Vivien Maloney
02-28-2012, 01:11 PM
Oh wow Lin, this is beautiful! I like the combination of gouche and watercolor.