View Full Version : River w/c, suggestions please

10-07-2000, 06:23 PM
Hi All,
I'm just starting out in watercolour and would love some feedback.
Found the trees a real challenge especially sorting out the light and dark areas.
I wanted to show the clear spring day but wondering if I've overdone the yellow.

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10-07-2000, 08:01 PM

I think that you have conveyed the clear spring day in your painting. For me, I don't think you have overdone the yellow, but I am new to watercolour as well, and am no expert.

I think you have succeeded with the trees, displaying the light and dark areas well (far better than I do upto now)

One thing I notice in your river is the reflection of the trees.

The colour of these reflections in the water are very much like the original colour of the trees, and I wonder if they should be toned down or a bit different deeper in colour compared to the original.

As I said, I'm no expert, and I'm sure that you will get all the help you need from everyone here. I've certainly learnt so much from them in the few months I've been here.

Look forward to seeing more of your work.

Best wishes

Karen http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

10-07-2000, 08:42 PM
Hi Kath! and welcome to the wonderful world of watercolor!! lol I'm new with this medium too, and find it to be quite a challenge...but all mediums are a challenge for me!

I think you captured the light spring day perfectly. My one observation is about your shadow patterns. The trees on the left have shadows coming toward us...and the trees on the right have shadows cast toward the left..that means you have sunlight from two directions. Decide on the direction and keep them all going the same way. Also cast a shadow under the bridge...your water there is very blue and reads more as sky.

You're doing great with watercolors! Love your light airy touch,

10-07-2000, 10:01 PM
Hi Kath...and welcome to the forums and the wonderful world of watercolor!
This sure looks like Spring to me - light and airy..! I do agree with Carly about the shadows and reflections. Too much yellow? I don't think that is a problem, once you get those other shadows etc in. Nice work and keep posting ok? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

10-08-2000, 01:12 AM
Thanks Karen, Carly and Carol for your responses. Your suggestions are very helpful.
I will put a shadow under the bridge.

As to the direction of the shadows, your absolutely right. I was getting a bit confused about the light direction and also the left tree was actually more coming towards me and over the water, perhaps more of a reflection than shadow. Some highlights on the front branches probably would have helped. Do you think it would make more sense if I added some light shadows on the right side so it was more overhead light? or perhaps redo (for practice) rather than risk over working.

One other question, any tips for doing branches? The sheer number was boggling so I simplified and found it hard to keep them from looking too strong. I used burnt umber + viridian.

Thank you so much for all your help and taking the time to respond.
Kind regards

10-08-2000, 06:28 AM
Kath.. Instead of doing it over to correct the shadows etc.. try "lifting" with a clean damp brush (one with some resistance to the bristles)..let dry, then make your changes.
Branches and twigs are fun but like everything else, take practice. Use a liner brush and just play on scrap paper first. If you try too hard they will look heavy and over worked.. have loose fun with it. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol