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06-21-2000, 10:52 PM
5x7" watercolor in progress, still need to do the stone steps. any comments? Sandy
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06-21-2000, 10:58 PM
Great job Mal. I presume when you finish the steps they will be more defined as they come to the forefront. Your light source appears to be in the upper right...steps then will be a darker value eh? Love it...... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

06-21-2000, 10:59 PM
This is coming along nicely! You're doing great. Each piece is better and better!
I like the colors and values that you're got, so far. Can't wait to see this finished!


06-22-2000, 03:45 AM
Looks great Mal,
Love the way you have the rear of the house fading into the background. Some detail in the nearest steps and she will be finished,
Well done,

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Lynda Mortensen
06-23-2000, 02:54 PM
Hi Mal, this is such a sweet little painting, and coming along great. What is the house made of? It looks like adobe, or plastered outside? If so, why not put just a little subtle texture on it - glaze over it with the same colour, or a very slightly darker version, then before it dries gently blot with some tissue. Maybe some shadow under the eaves, and don't forget the shadow that will fall on the front of the house from that tree on the left - the trees and bushes are excellent by the way! Look forward to seeing the finished painting, Go for it!

Lynda Mortensen
06-23-2000, 02:56 PM
P.S. - I see the light as coming from the left and filtering through the trees on that side?

06-25-2000, 06:59 PM
Hey Mal...

Great house! But, uh, where's that larger bridge painting? *LOL*


06-25-2000, 09:11 PM
Mal - this looks wonderful! What a great job you're doing! You know this would look great in a larger version too!



06-25-2000, 09:45 PM
Thanks guys, I have been practicing on scrap paper working out the steps from some hints that kayemme gave me. Lynda ... you sure gave me lots to think about here.... and part of me is scared that you are right about the tree on the left needing a shadow but where in world would the shadow fall?? Check out my reference picture : http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Landscapes/Tetons/Mvc-403x.jpg

06-26-2000, 08:22 AM
Mal... in checking out your reference, do you see the shadows on the bldg and roof? Just above your door and window on the left eh?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif doing good there gal....Carol

Lynda Mortensen
06-28-2000, 02:48 PM
Hi Mal,

sorry for the delay in replying - I've been en route from Colorado to England and am now sitting jet-lagged at my Mum's computer back here in the UK! Anyway - I agree with what has been written above, that the shadows from the tree should be to the right of it, over the door and windows - try out a rough on scrap paper first - or scan your original, print it out and use this to do a test run of the shadows? The direction of light source is a bit complicated on your reference photo, so this is where a bit of artistic license can come in, and by printing out a few copies, you can experiment with several versions without risking your original work. Keep at it, it's going to be a lovely picture!
Best wishes, Lynda

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06-30-2000, 05:00 PM
I think I'm going against the grain a little here, but I think the light source should be developed as coming from the right side of the picture. The reference photo shows shadow on the left side of the building, but it appears to be coming from the overhang of the building onto the porch area. I like the stark wall on the right side of the picture, but would darken the sky above it establishing different values and contrast. Hold onto those light leaves, they'll help indicate the light source. Great job so far.

07-01-2000, 02:21 PM
Wow, this is nice. Really nice Mal! Kudos

07-01-2000, 08:46 PM
time to take what I have learned from this one and move on. I may do another one like this a size or two bigger not much. this photo lost a little color on the right because of the flash. ( still not hooked back up to my scanner)
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07-03-2000, 10:55 AM
I really like the impression of steps in first painting and don't think that area needs much. To me the painting leads to top of stairs - just to you right of the door and I think it needs something there to look at. Could be an object or interesting shadows on wall. I really like the softness and quite colors - think they set a mood. Of course, "The thing about opinions is that everyone has one".

Phyllis Rennie
07-03-2000, 07:39 PM
Like the sunlight in this one, Mal. I can't believe how much detail you can get in such a small painting. If I were doing this it would have to be 5 x 7 feet! Phyl

Lynda Mortensen
07-13-2000, 02:18 PM
Back in Colorado again! - jet-lagged again!, but WOW! the intensity of the sunlight on the right side of the house is perfect now. It really looks hot there!

Well done, Lynda