View Full Version : Southern Hospitality (WIP)

04-25-2003, 05:19 AM
Hi All, This picture is from the Library of Congress, I clipped it last night when I was looking for shacks to paint, Im from the south originally so it struck a chord and I had to paint it. The picture is from the early part of the 20th century taken in Louisiana (my home state). My scanner would hardly pick up the scetch I used a 4H pencil so its very light, if anyone wants to adjust the image via photoshop or anything please go ahead. The image is in B&W so I was thinking about painting it monochrome...? What palate would you all suggest? As always critiques and suggestions morethan welcome. Thanks, Lloyd

Ref. photo:

My version:

04-25-2003, 06:02 AM
Sepia or Payne's Gray ... this is a great image to work on! Looking forward to watching you develop it.

04-25-2003, 07:17 AM
Like your reference photo a lot, it has great potential for a wonderful watercolor.

No idea what to suggest for colors, will leave that up to more experienced artists. I would recommend you check out the barrel of the gun before applying paint though, yours seems to be very thick compared to the original gun in the photo. IMHO it needs to be made slimmer, especially toward the front.

04-25-2003, 07:39 AM
Given the time period of the photo, a sepia would probably work well...

04-25-2003, 09:22 AM
i think there should be a little hint of color somewheres but that it should be fairly dull (i'm horrible with color names, just ambiguous color theory) maybe every thing could be like of=ld white wash and then the gun grey and dull brown and then either the rag be red or the dorknob yellow or some other spot of color. think that would be interesting.

this is the best i could do with your scan


04-25-2003, 09:51 AM
I'd echo the suggestion for sepia as the base colour, though I think Bethany's idea for using a splash of colour somewhere in the picture is a good one.

You could try doing a few quick colour sketches to see what works. Don't forget to show us the results if you do. I'm also looking forward to seeing how the main picture progresses.

04-25-2003, 11:55 PM
Hi All, thanks for the critiques, one quick question: What color combo could I use to mix sepia? I know its a yellowish brown but Im not sure of which would be a good mix, color theory is something totally new to me. Any help would be appreciated Thanks, Lloyd

04-28-2003, 08:30 AM
I'm not sure what colours are in sepia. I'm guessing you could start with something like yellow ochre or burnt sienna and maybe mix in a bit of ultramarine or something to darken it off.

According to the handprint (http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/waterfs.html) website, most commercially available watercolour sepia paints seem to be mixtures of a pigment like burnt umber or burnt sienna and black, so perhaps my guess wasn't too far off.

You could try asking over on the colo(u)r theory forum - there's plenty of expertise over there and you'll probably get some much more definitive answers.