View Full Version : Rural Scene and Montalcino - 2 recent watercolours

05-12-2013, 04:57 PM
Hello again. Here are two of my latest efforts. The first is an imaginary rural scene. I painted this fast and gung-ho fashion in the hope that it would not turn out too "stiff". This made a welcome change from previous paintings with lots of buildings that needed more painstaking work.
The second picture of Montalcino in Italy I painted this afternoon having seen a photo in the newspaper which took my fancy.

Hope you like them but all crits good or bad very welcome. If possible, can these be moved to open critique forum please?

Both paintings 14x10in watercolours on 140lb Bockingford paper.

Mike :wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-May-2013/1111482-new5231.JPG


05-13-2013, 09:48 AM
I can't critique it as i like them both .Well done :)

05-13-2013, 12:10 PM
You're just really good, aren't you! The only nit--my eye went right to it, again and again, is the "hard" purple spot, almost dead center, in the second one. Any chance you can soften it a bit, or lighten it, break it up some? It pulls me from the center of interest.
Otherwise, both are wonderful.

05-13-2013, 12:51 PM
Thank you Trumper & Ella for your encouraging comments.

Ella - I agree. Think I may try to take the prominence off that purple spot. Will have to be careful or I could easily leave an even more noticeable white spot!!

Mike :wave: :wave:

05-13-2013, 02:10 PM
Is this a bit better Ella? Don't think I dare wash it out any more.

Mike :wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-May-2013/1111482-new2345.JPG

05-13-2013, 03:35 PM

:clap: :clap:
Much better.

05-13-2013, 03:39 PM
Mike, one other thing, sorry I missed it earlier: What is the gray/white straight line in front of the trees, near the center, lower third?

05-13-2013, 04:37 PM
Thanks Ella - I think it looks better too.

The straight line is a telegraph pole catching the light. Probably wouldn't have been quite that bright IRL but wanted something to break up the large mass of green. I think it works O.K.


05-13-2013, 05:28 PM
I thought it might be something like that.

05-14-2013, 12:51 PM
Wonderful work.. Especially the first one..


05-15-2013, 09:10 PM
Great watercolour technique once again Mike! I especially like the 2nd one, lovely colours. The 1st one has a sweet and endearing charm about it and very well done from imagination! 2nd one looks much better since you changed the purple spot and Mike I think you can do anything in watercolour! You are a super duper clever little Vegemite indeed!!!!:D :lol: :clap: :thumbsup: :) cheers Debs.

05-16-2013, 01:42 PM
Thank you Saravanan & Debzy.

Debs - I have been called many things in my life but never before a Vegemite. Is that the Australian equivalent of Marmite which I like on my toast? Well, the watercolours don't always work do they - I've just torn one in half in disgust....never short of paper to try out colours!

Mike :evil: :wave: