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Dennis
10-13-2000, 03:27 PM
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I started to paint the "pine needles" in the background and thought it would be cool to do them in different colors (just for fun). Are they to bright and colorful - should I darken them. It occurs to me that they might be attracting too much attention. The reference photo that Mal and I are using is at "Dennis and Malarkey's leaves in this forum. Thanks for your opinions, Dennis

oleCC
10-13-2000, 08:11 PM
Dennis,, it is hard to say if all those colored pine needles will be over-powering before you get the rest of the painting in.
Right now I like it, even though it takes more imagination to think of them as pine needles. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

CarlyHardy
10-14-2000, 02:56 PM
Dennis, I love the look that you've achieved with the background...lots of life and movement. I agree with Carol about the forground not being finished but I think the two will tie together when you have more realism in the leaves.
p.s. I think you are making a lot of progress with your watercolors!
carly

Darlene
10-16-2000, 08:57 AM
Dennis, I really like that background! And having them different colors certainly adds a fun element to the work. I've been having some trouble with dark backgrounds. Can you tell me how you achieved yours? Paint color used and what type of paper you are using? How many washes to build up the intensity? I'd appreciate your help.

Dennis
10-17-2000, 12:16 AM
Darlene, the first color was sandal red (PR254) after that dried I added ultramarine blue (PB29). Lastly I painted it with burnt unber (PBr7). The "pine needles were masked prior to painting the background. Hope this helps, Dennis