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09-28-2013, 10:45 AM
Keeping busy of late with this piece 14 x 21 on 300 lb Arches paper.



I have been working wet in wet for the most part and now working on getting the right depth of colour in the clothes and struggling with the folds in the shirt , highlights etc.


C&C welcome please...will have to darken those blue jeans with some mauve, purple...a slow process right now letting things dry in between washes and working about an hour or so a day when able.
Thanks for looking

09-28-2013, 06:28 PM
Coming along nicely.


09-29-2013, 05:24 AM
A nice start. Looking forward to the two figures.

10-01-2013, 08:04 PM
trying to work slowly on the background and the foreground and get the depth of colour I am looking for in the children and parts of the forest but hold on to the filtered sunlight. I think the clothes are coming ok at this point.

Thanks for your comments.

10-02-2013, 05:20 AM
This is really coming together nicely. I agree the clothes are looking good. You even managed to use two blues that stay distinct from one another in the jacket and pants. :thumbsup:

I like the loose background that reads like Fall already with the leaves on the ground.

Thanks for posting your progress photos, this is very interesting. :D


10-08-2013, 10:56 AM
Thanks Sylvia. I don't use blue that much so it has been fun to delve into here. Actually my photo was taken in spring but now there are lots of leaves down as I look at this spot out my window and paint.
I have continued washes on the background and lifting paint in spots. Still working on those clothes and adding some skin tones.


Thanks for looking and c&c.

10-08-2013, 10:59 AM
more and more beautiful

10-08-2013, 01:09 PM
My watercolor instructor always tells us to get the white of the paper covered before adjusting too much in the backgrounds, etc.

It's coming along nicely.


10-09-2013, 09:45 AM
Thanks for reminding me of that useful advice. The white spaces have been bothering me and I have been working at it like separate paintings and ignoring the white areas. Time to block in the shapes and colours there and get to that running shoe:wave:

10-09-2013, 11:36 AM
This is coming along nicely, Suzanne, yes, the white needs to be covered, I need to do that too.

10-09-2013, 03:17 PM
Great WIP, I like the pose of the siblings and your background is looking great.

10-10-2013, 07:09 AM
Suzanne-It's coming along nicely, looking forward to seeing more!

10-11-2013, 07:56 PM
Thank you for your comments and I have moved on some getting the white covered...more foliage and background washes and more washes on the figures too.



C&C welcome

10-11-2013, 09:35 PM
Love when you put the eyes in, now they are beginning to look like people instead of alien beings with those vacant eye sockets. :lol:

Coming along very nicely.


10-20-2013, 01:43 PM
Ah yes, that vacant eye socket look. A lot of youngsters with that look today:lol: . Its been a busy time with the change of seasons but did get a bit more done on the landscape, tracking through the leaves and background. Worked on the boys face trying to get some balance in the eyes. C&C please and thanks for looking

10-20-2013, 05:03 PM
Yes, this is developing nicely Suzanne. Lovely loose background, although I know it's done with painstaking care.

10-21-2013, 10:49 AM
Beautiful so far. I'm glad I didn't miss this.


10-21-2013, 08:21 PM
Thank you Anne and Lynn for watching the slow progress. I'm getting anxious to finish and am posting pictures taken around 5 pm tonight thus with flash but the colour is pretty accurate.

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10-22-2013, 01:22 AM
It's looking great Suzanne.


10-22-2013, 05:03 AM
Lovely finish on the children, Suzanne. Their expressions are beautiful. :D


10-22-2013, 09:50 AM
Nice to see their eyes now, lovely soft approach.

10-23-2013, 05:19 PM

I think this is a finish except for losing some edges which I have noticed after posting this and am wondering about more colour in the girls face. I was leaving detail out in the lower part of the picture(shoe, green leaves etc) and wonder if more detail should be done? C&C

Thanks for looking on everyone

10-23-2013, 08:29 PM
I'm very hesitant to say ANYTHING in face of your talent and experience, so feel free to bite my head off if I should not have stuck my neck out : )
What I'm seeing, and distractingly so, is the distinct and colorful pattern on the girl's shirt. It is hard for me to see past that to focus on the beautifully formed faces of the two children. Is it possible that a slightly quieting wash could be added over the shirt to make it less compelling visually? If I cover the shirt with my fingers, the faces come sharply into focus. Otherwise, the large pink flower on her shoulder, especially, pulls my eye away.


10-24-2013, 09:17 AM
Thank you Lynn, and thank you for mentioning the shirt. I have been looking at this painting for quite a while and although the flowers bothered me (white near her face and that pink one) had been working on other areas and lost track...Will work on muting those today.

10-25-2013, 09:48 AM
This is the finish having muted the shirt and jeans with some blue black wash. I'm glad to set it aside to be framed...a gift for my son's family. My story of the grandchildren at the cottage!

10-25-2013, 10:38 AM
Beautiful! The children's faces now glow forth without any competition for attention : )

Suzanne, these are your grandchildren? What a marvelous "forever gift" for your son and his family!

Your WIP/demonstration will be helpful to aspiring water colorists for years to come -- but they will have a long way to go to catch up with the planning, talent and skills you've shared with us. Thank you!


10-25-2013, 11:45 AM
My goodness..thank you so much Lynn.

10-25-2013, 12:22 PM
A beautiful finish Suzanne, a family heirloom :clap:


10-26-2013, 09:36 AM
Thank you Doug. :crossfingers: