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Devoted 2Art
04-30-2013, 01:33 AM
:wave:Hi again - Been really busy for over a week & finally found some time to sketch these tonight. I've tried something new by using only a drafting pencil & a bit of Colorease pencils for the sketches.
May - Untitled 01 - Drafting Pencil / 15.25" x 11.5" / Stonehenge Paper

May 002 - Drafting Pencil / 11.25" x 15.5" / Stonehenge Paper

"Just Add Sunshine"
Photo found at PMP posted by :
Nicola B : http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/just-add-sunshine

I've got no clue where the 2nd photo came from. I've changed them both a bit & I'll be ready to paint tomorrow.

C & C most welcome. Thanks for looking.

04-30-2013, 02:46 AM
Gosh....These 'sketches' (ahem) are works of art in themselves! Looking forward to these John, will be watching...

04-30-2013, 03:15 AM
Two wonderful sketches. I look forward to seeing the paintings John.


04-30-2013, 05:05 AM
Great stuff, will be following this as you go!

04-30-2013, 06:24 AM
Excellent sketches - looking forward to seeing how they progress into watercolors!

04-30-2013, 10:47 AM
Ditto to everyone who posted. New to the forum and know I am going to learn so much and will be pushed along. Thank you!

Devoted 2Art
05-01-2013, 12:22 AM
Thank you very much Suzanne, Doug, Laura, Jan & Chef. Your feedback is most appreciated & very encouraging.

Chef : Welcome to WC! I'm looking forward to your contributions.

Got some work done today on both pieces. I've made the water too blue for the water so I need to figure out what to do with it. Total time today is about 3-4 hours (I took a lot of breaks:D).

I've made it to the ugly stage - hope I can pull through it OK.

So far - as usual, I've mostly used watercolor with a touch of gouache to stain & prep the paper.

(Both photos look really yellow and over saturated on this monitor. I'll work on taking more accurate pix tomorrow.) They both seem to be going well but I feel really lost when working on the cottage. It is becoming a real challenge for me. I can't seem to find the 'groove' yet.

Thanks much for looking - C & C always welcome.

05-01-2013, 01:53 AM
A great start John, you are so good at skin tones.


05-01-2013, 09:15 AM
Great job John. Your drawings are so great and that makes for great paintings! Your house painting is coming along wonderfully; what a great scene. Your painting of Brad Pitt and AngelinaJolie's kids is great too. I agree with Doug, your skin tones are so beautiful.

Devoted 2Art
05-02-2013, 01:46 AM
Thank you very much Doug & Darla - Your comments are so appreciated.

Thank you for informing me of this photo's subjects. It was stuffed in my 'Paint This' folder untitled & I had no clue who it was. I've actually started separate site folders recently so I know where I find the pics. Maybe I'll drop ol Brad an E-Mail if the painting goes well :crossfingers: . Might be nice to get some celebrity commissions:D .

Only had about an hour painting time today on the cottage so no real updates... Should have more time to devote tomorrow & Friday.

Thank for looking & your comments.

05-02-2013, 06:10 AM
Looking good, John. Love the negative painting on the fence. Great washes on the dog!

Devoted 2Art
05-02-2013, 02:51 PM
Thank you very much Jan!

Had a couple hours this morning and finished up the cottage. I have decided to call it "A Place In The Sun" (Yes - it's another song title:D ).

Here's the final - I've covered some new ground with this one and I'm really pleased with the results. All C & C most welcome.

Thank you for looking:thumbsup: -

05-02-2013, 06:28 PM
Wonderful work

M.L. Schaefer
05-02-2013, 06:37 PM
John, I think the cottage is fine, but you GOT THE GROOVE with the children, and, yes, you have such a talent for skin tones. Love the dog, too!

:heart: Margarete

05-02-2013, 08:18 PM
I like the colors in the cottage painting, and your handling of the children and dog is very pleasing! Keep up the good work!


Devoted 2Art
05-03-2013, 01:40 AM
Thank you very much for taking the time to comment Querin, Margarete & Sammy - I appreciate your feedback.

Here's today's update.
Added some Raw umber glaze to the door, off purple beige to the wall, warm & cool grays for the sidewalk & mostly worked on the boy's clothes. The pants are really a challenge.


Might not have another update till Saturday. Tomorrow's real busy for me.

C & C always welcome - Thanks for looking!

05-03-2013, 11:18 AM
John, that thatched cottage finished up BEAUTIFULLY. Sunlight galore, so refreshing.

Your celebrity kids is equally as nice. I think you are doing a wonderful job on the wrinkles in the pants and on the dog. Very nicely done. (but I gotta tell you that it's NOT a boy...it's they're oldest daughter, Shiloh, she wants to be a boy like her older brothers (adopted)." :D I read this somewhere.

05-03-2013, 02:16 PM
well painted but the old cottages in England have roofs made from reed :wave: -


05-03-2013, 04:22 PM
John, on thatched roofs the straw lies along the slope line not parallel to the ridge.


Devoted 2Art
05-05-2013, 03:09 AM
Thank you so much Darla! I appreciate your comments and clearing that up for me. I sure applaud her taste in music.

Doug & Egon - Thank you very much for your comments and help. I may attempt a repair on the roof if I can get an understanding of how to paint the reed. Thank you for the vid - That might prove helpful too.

Well - Today didn't quite go as hoped but I'll post the update anyway. Mostly so I remember not to do this again....

I tried a little different formula for the skin tone glazes and it didn't go well. I used mostly Old Holland watercolor with some W & N Aquapasto and some white watercolor. This formula muddies & dries darker while the mix I'm accustomed to (mostly gouache) lightens as it dries and produces a smoother result. I think this is repairable - it will be interesting to find out.


C & C & helpful suggestions always welcome.
Thanks for looking -

05-05-2013, 08:31 AM
Wow John, I just love these especially the first one with the cottages.

Devoted 2Art
05-08-2013, 08:18 PM
Thank you very much Lil - Sorry about the delayed response - been dealing with serious comp issues again.

M.L. Schaefer
05-08-2013, 11:08 PM
John, I think your skin tones are lovely (as always)...yes, Old Holland has heavier pigment, and a light touch is needed..but, me, I don't see a thing wrong with it! You can always beef up the color of the clothing, etc. if the skin tones are too dark for your eye.

Hmmm, let me see, how many folk out there think its perfect...a show of hands please?!

:heart: Margarete

05-09-2013, 03:56 PM
My hand is up. :D Beautiful work. Thanks for the WIP too.


05-09-2013, 04:36 PM
John - me too- hands up! I hope you're not stopping on this one? So much of it is really great - the trousers that you said were so hard are masterful, shoes, dog and harness, shadows...the only thing ican see that you might be concerned with are the skintones on the girl , her head and neck , on the right? i think maybe ( just from what youve said) that its just darker than you wanted or expected....you could try just dampening and see what you can lift? You sometimes paint quite high key, light, (whatever the expression is, forgive me) that what might seem really dark to you might well seem fine to us viewers?I really hope you don't give up on this !

Devoted 2Art
05-10-2013, 03:16 AM
Thank you so much Margarete, Anne & Suzanne. You've helped motivate me to complete this tonight. I was just going to try to fix the face of the child on the right & ended up finishing it:eek: . Some areas could use a bit more attention and possibly some more blues in the skin tone shadows but I don't want to push it too far. I think it works as-is. Thank you very much for all the encouragement!

"Walkin' The Dog" (Final) - Watercolor + Gouache / 11.25" x 15.5" / Stonehenge Paper

C & C always welcome & Appreciated.

05-10-2013, 03:38 AM
Excellent finish John. Incredible textures on the jeans.


Devoted 2Art
05-11-2013, 02:03 AM
Thank you very much Doug.

05-11-2013, 12:06 PM
Well finished John ....smiley cheering icon!!

Devoted 2Art
05-13-2013, 01:56 AM
Thank you Suzanne!