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09-22-2013, 09:31 PM
This is my second painting of my Father's village in Spain. I feel so close to him while I'm working on these paintings. I know he would have loved to see them.
I started this one again by doing a 1" grid over the photo and transferring it to my paper using a 1 1/2" grid. That enlarged it to fit an 11 x 15 sheet of
Arches 140# CP paper.
First I lightly put in a sky, which I will darken later, and added my shadows with light washes of cobalt blue. I then put in the two trees on the right, why, don't know, it just seemed the right way to go. :)
Let this dry overnight and studied it for a while to decide what I would work on the next day.
Next day. Not sure if I should have gone with the pink, but maybe I can lose that later.
More to come.
09-22-2013, 09:37 PM
I am loving the roof! That is going to look SOOOO nice! As far as the pink-toned walls, you can wait and see how it looks when more of the darks surround the area, but I'm thinking it may need to be toned down some. I just found this wonderful Post in the Learning Zone a couple of days ago: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...errerid=134492 it can help you make corrections without doing a lot of damage to the paper...its a matter of wetting, wicking out color, and moving color around. It is quite fascinating how Brian accomplishes this. But, you might wait..as darks are added all-around, the other colors diminish in intensity.
This is going to look very nice!
09-22-2013, 10:44 PM
Thank you Margarete. That link seems to be broken.:(
The problem with the pink is that it's a staining color so lifting would be impossible. What I need to do is find some way to kill it :evil: I'll do some
09-23-2013, 12:14 AM
Sorry about the link, and, yes, staining colors are a problem....have you tried mixing a soft gray from the two colors, with the teeniest ,smallest bit of green (possibly Viridian)? A pale, soft, diluted wash of gray, near the deepest part of the shadows, may solve that problem. Try whatever gray mix you arrive at, first on some scratch paper, letting it dry - Then in a small part of the painting, near the bottom of the shadow, and, letting it dry. Who knows, it may work. (I've had the problem of trying to remove some Perm Rose once...aarrgh!). Come to think of it, you can also mix the palest of purplish colors, toning into a pale gray for the deepest shadow.
Here's the link again...a good thing to know! http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=169809&referrerid=134492
09-23-2013, 12:52 PM
Couldn't sleep last night thinking about that pink on the wall. You Tubed
"making grey in watercolor" and saw a very interesting video.
He starts demonstrating greens but gets to the greys and I found it very informative.
Now I have to see if this will solve my problem. Will try on separate paper.
Margarete, you have been so helpful. Checked out to see if I could see any of your work and found you ACEO's. Excellent work, love the way you do your animals. Do you also do larger paintings?
Thanks for being there.
09-23-2013, 05:00 PM
The problem with the pink is that it's a staining color so lifting would be impossible. What I need to do is find some way to kill it :evil: I'll do some experimenting tomorrow.
Please don't try to neutralize the pinks... go with those colours as an underpainting, and think of strengthening them to violet. Shadows don't HAVE to be neutral!
Anne Abgott does beautiful work using very colourful and vibrant shadows. Her book "Daring Color" is truly inspirational!
09-23-2013, 07:14 PM
Thanks Char. I'll have to take a look at her book.
I tried to fix those shadows using Ul.Blue and R.Umb. but now they are to dark. I'll try lifting what I can and see it that's better. Or I may chuck the whole thing and start over. :(
09-24-2013, 02:07 AM
I'm so sorry if I steered you wrong...I hope the colors lift! Probably I should have suggest doing pale glazes of blue over the pinks! I apologize! Go further with the rest of the painting...Finish up the roof, practice on other elements of the painting...values and etc. And, when you get some of those darker values in, everything may look better. I do know that all paintings go through a thoroughly ugly stage. I mean really ugly...it is something everyone goes through, so keep the vision of what you want, it will (hopefully) all come together.
09-24-2013, 02:09 AM
I'm so very sorry if I steered you wrong...I hope the colors lift. Probably I should have suggested doing pale glazes of the same color blue over the pink! I apologize so much!
But, please, just go further with the rest of the painting...Finish up the roof, practice on other elements of the painting...values and etc. And, when you get some of those darker values in, everything may look better.
I do know that all paintings go through a thoroughly ugly stage. I mean really ugly...it is something everyone goes through, so keep the vision of what you want, it will (hopefully) all come together.
09-24-2013, 09:10 PM
Margarete you didn't steer me wrong. I had to try the umber/blue wash to see what it would do. No problem, as they are trans. colors and lift fairly easily.
Here is the one with the too dark shadows.
Here is where it stands now after lifting the shadows and finishing the roof and other shadowed walls. I pretty nearly finished now, just need to do some small detail work on the front wall where there is a door and some
decoration above it.
Thanks for the comments and help. I really appreciate it. It's so nice to be able to share the progress of a piece and I only hope that it has helped someone and they will give architecture a try.
09-24-2013, 10:44 PM
Hey, Maria, with the addition of the darker roof, the wall looks quite nice, the pale pink tinge works with the red. :)
My only final suggestion is you need something to "stop the eye" (yikes, almost typed ear), anyway in the right hand side, where there is an empty space between the building and the edge of the paper. (Ah, the correct term is "eye stopper").
After I finish my landscape exchange, I will work on some buildings!
And thank you so much at looking at my Miniatures (ACEOs actually, the size of a credit card), those are all practice, I saved them because there was something I liked about each of them. I do thank you for liking them!
Yes, I have two larger paintings started...but I decided to wait to finish them. Particularly the largest has a lot of plant life and distance in it, and although I can paint a flower etc very nicely, I absolutely had to begin to have some knowledge of landscape. I found that out when I started the landscape exchange. I am so glad I waited or I would have had a mish mash! I hope to share those two paintings one day.:crossfingers: I'll do those while I work on buildings......Yes, hope stirs eternal in the human breast!:)
09-25-2013, 02:03 PM
It's looking great, love the light and shadow in this one.
09-25-2013, 07:12 PM
I will now post this in the Watercolor Gallery.
Thanks everyone for your comments and advice.
09-26-2013, 08:05 AM
I love cast shadows!
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