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10-30-2013, 10:34 PM
Archway with Figures

Today's work was an archway with a couple of figures. I was originally
going to try it in Don Andrews' style again, but decided to go a little
bit differently with this one.

Don's style has bright, vibrant hues, especially with his figures. This
seemed to call for something a little bit more realistic for some

Source photo:



- paper: Arches 140lb cold press 12x9
- paint:
- DS Quin Burnt Orange
- W&N French Ultramarine
- DS Sap Green
- DS Aureolin
- DS Permanent Rose

WIP 1:



I rather like this start, except for the shadow from the arch on the
left side; my arm jerked as I was trying to paint a straight edge and so
it bowed out. Really don't like that.

WIP 2:


I should have done something different for the
left figure, the woman, and not given her a black sweater as in the
photo. Too literal :sigh: I should have done something more colourful.

Also not liking the archway much.

I do like the right side wall texture, and a lot of other aspects. I'm
also pleased with the window on the left wall.

It needs quite a few more values, though. I probably started in on the
details too early.

Comments and suggestions quite welcome. :music:

10-31-2013, 04:29 AM
I think you have a fantastic start. Give the people more color to make them important.

10-31-2013, 04:38 AM
I think you need to go quite a bit darker with your shadows. It is the contrast of light and dark which make the scene interesting.


10-31-2013, 11:15 AM
Yes darker with your shadows, your start is excellent. It's a lovely photo and with great observation you will do it justice; you're already well on your way. YOU GO GIRL!

11-01-2013, 12:23 AM
I think you need to go quite a bit darker with your shadows. It is the contrast of light and dark which make the scene interesting. Doug

Most definitely, this is very much a work in progress. I think the shadows need to run darker, and there need to be more midtones as well. I'll probably end up spending too much time on it and not liking it.

11-01-2013, 12:24 AM
And now I'm noticing the tangent with the dark portal on the right and the gentleman's head. It looks like he's wearing a very tall black pointed hat.

11-01-2013, 07:44 AM
:lol: Now I see it, well, you can fix that, it is well worth working on! Good advice^^^^^

11-06-2013, 08:01 PM
# Continuing Archway with Figures -- November 6, 2013

From all the feedback last week, I set about this week to add more
value and colour to the work, initially focusing on the right hand


I put on quite a bit more colour on the right wall, mainly QBO with a
tiny bit of French Ultra dripped in. I also added much more colour in
the overhanging foliage, although it also is starting to muddy
up. I removed most of the paint on the fence in front of the couple and
repainted it with Aureolin to get the glow. I plan on glazing the fence
later on to cool it and weather it a bit more.


Here I've glazed over the bright wall on the right, and sponged out
some of the glaze. This is more to my liking. Also put in quite a bit
more colour in the archway. Removed some of the paint from the fence,
it was a bit too intense.


Getting a bit more done, the overhanging foliage is better now, took
up a little bit more paint on the right wall, getting it's texture
back. The shadow on the left wall is working much better. The shadows
on the ground are way too purple/red, need to go back in and make them
blue-grey. Still a ways to go on this one. Still loads of work to do
on this.

I think (hope?) that I've nixed the man's black mitre hat.

Your C&C are ever most welcome and appreciated! Thank you!

11-06-2013, 11:21 PM
Tamara, You are coming right along w/ this one! I like the colors you put together in the arch and the way the wall on the right is coming along, too. The wall is looking more and more old, and there are indications of the perspective lines there, too. Very nice.

It is so funny about the hat! :-) I didn't see it until you mentioned it. Then I couldn't NOT see it. :-)

The white under the left window still seems a little too light when I squint at it and then at the photo, but not a biggie.