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08-28-2013, 05:53 PM
Hello, adie here and this is my first post in watercolour, anywhere in fact other than in the welcome bit. I'm totally new to watercolour and having made some pathetic attempts using reeves watercolour tubes I decided to get a few half pans of Windsor and newton Cotman series.
The muddy effect that I achieved using the Reeves paints isn't as bad with the W&N Cotman series but I really wonder why I am still achieving mud. I've used W&N watercolour paper.

Here is my initial attempt. its about 6x4 (inches) and achieved mainly using washes. I've overdone the colour in the 'clouds' but what do you think?


What might I add to create interest? Thank you in anticipation. Adie (Newbie)

08-28-2013, 06:48 PM
Welcome to the forum. You have done well to get artist grade paints, now it's a case of getting practice and learning how they react. You could put a tree on one of the hill horizons at the 1/3 point as a centre of interest (COI).


08-28-2013, 07:20 PM
Good for you for posting, Adie! As Doug says, lots of practice is the best way to go. There are many, many learning tools here, pretty overwhelming :) Sometimes the best thing to do is just dive in as you have and play with the paints, getting to know the colours and how they work on the paper and with each other. I found a tutorial In Doug's Watercolour demo's link above on painting a tree (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/14541/302/), by Marvin Chow, you might enjoy having a look at that. I am sure someone else will come along who knows where the best advice for new painters is, good luck with your journey!

08-29-2013, 05:27 AM
Hi Adie, welcome to the forum. You have created some very nice washes. You sky is right on. The middle ground (blue and green) work well. The fact that you left one color dry and washed in the next overlapping a little in one area gives the impression of a hill. Nice. The muted yellow foreground color works. You could have changed color from green to yellow while still wet. This would merge the two colors in some areas and leaving a little white paper where you wanted them separate. As mentioned, a tree would be a perfect addition.

08-29-2013, 08:56 AM
WOW, thank you all for your kind encouragement and useful advice. I will work on practicing and post again in the fulness of time. Once again, thank you all.


08-29-2013, 10:06 AM
here is the final picture with tree. I hope you like it. again, criticism, adverse especially, much appreciated. Adie.


08-29-2013, 11:53 AM
Really nice result from that workshop, Adie! you could add a shadow, just to anchor the tree. It looks from the shadows on the tree itself that the light is coming from the upper left, so figure out where the shadow should be.

08-29-2013, 11:58 AM
Excellent tree, good point about the ground shadow Lynn.


08-29-2013, 02:45 PM
Adie, the advice you were given was great. I'm sure you're having lots of fun playing with your new artists colors. The wealth of knowledge here on WetCanvas is invaluable. I urge you to explore many of the links in Doug's signature line.

I think your painting finished up beautifully. Lovely sky, nice rolling hills and that tree is just beautiful. Keep those brushes wet. ;)

08-30-2013, 12:23 AM
Nice, Adie!! Excellent, actually. Something else you did well is called atmospheric perspective, which refers to the hills getting softer and bluer as they stretch away from us. Wish I'd painted that sky, it's lovely.

Welcome to Wetcanvas. Paint a lot, every day if you can, and post here all you like. I'm excited about seeing your progress!

08-30-2013, 05:26 AM
Thank you for all your comments. This is a really helpful and motivating experience and I am so glad I registered on WetCanvas.

Anyhow I put a shadow in and this is the final picture. I think I need to practice practice practice.


08-30-2013, 08:14 AM
Good placement, Adie, and I like that new fold in the ground. The shadow could be darker, but that will come! I'll be looking for your next painting :)

08-30-2013, 08:24 AM
Really great job, Adie! The tree was the perfect addition! Keep at it!

08-30-2013, 09:44 AM
thank you. what to try next? :clap:

08-30-2013, 09:56 AM
Check out the demos in my link there is a great set of step by step paintings by Rod.


08-30-2013, 03:28 PM
will do. many thanks.

08-30-2013, 03:32 PM
Just click on the Watercolor Demos link in my signature and click Search this thread and search for Webb. You will find lots of step by step demos by Rod Webb that you can follow.


08-31-2013, 05:10 AM
Nice finish.