View Full Version : My Mal Dennis attempt.....

10-27-2000, 05:33 PM
I had about a half-hour after school today, and got my Cotman set out next to my iMac on my classroom desk. Well...I put together a short series here and thought it would be rude to put them all in one thread everyone has contributed to. About five small step by steps here....

First, some basic lay-in-<IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/beginning_stage.jpg" border=0>
I painted an underpainting of red to capture the sense of green pine being caught in a low setting sun...

Second...I begin to work into the trees, washing out the bottom edges to simulate trees in mist-
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Now I lay in a wash of color to put my middleground trees in
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Here is my set-up...a Cotman Field Kit and small watercolor pad...
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Well...this is all I had time for! Time to run home, grab my wife and head out for dinner! Yeah..TGIF !!! This is not far from being finished. Basic..direct..spontaneous; almost like drawing- Larry
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[This message has been edited by lseiler (edited October 27, 2000).]

10-27-2000, 06:41 PM
THANKS Larry, It sure is helpful to see your step by step. I really like your trees and it's nice to see how you acheived them. I'm finding this harder to paint than I thought it would be. I've made one mucky mess and I'm not too sure about the one I've got going now.
I'm sure others will find your mini-lesson just as interesting as I have. I really thank you for taking the time to put this together. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Sandy

Phyllis Rennie
10-27-2000, 06:59 PM
ooooo...I like that red glow on the back of the trees! I didn't start that part yet--thanks for the tip!

10-27-2000, 10:13 PM
Really neat of you to do that Larry! I have that same kit, but have never used it...you make it looks soooo easy though. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

10-27-2000, 11:47 PM
Lovely, Larry!

I, too, like your approach to the trees.

Done in a half hour after school? Beautiful!
Great idea about breaking up the threads, as well.

Thanks for showing us "How I Done It"!



10-28-2000, 01:08 AM
Shucks....that was just how I was going to paint it!!!!

and if you believe that one....well, you know...ha ha ha ha ha ha

10-28-2000, 04:50 AM
Hey larry, That is a great lesson and I am sure will be appreciated by many frightened future watercolourists. They are shy as well as frightened.Definately great and I am going to do it myself.
ps How did Moon Angel get on?.

10-28-2000, 08:19 AM

This is great! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

10-29-2000, 07:27 AM
Thanks Cindy, Carol...everyone!

I had one of those days at school, where it was the right prescription for unwinding before coming home! ....and, it didn't hurt that the photo looked like a place I would have stopped to set up my plein air easel http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif


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11-02-2000, 05:25 PM

Looks great! And the technique reminds me a lot of Ross - that's a compliment, I know some people don't like his work/techniques. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/tongue.gif One question...what kind of paper is that? It would be great to work on something that doesn't have to be stretched & taped to prevent buckling.


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11-04-2000, 10:06 AM
Thanks for the compliment, and no..I don't mind the association with Ross. Difference though is that he summed his images, such as trees, mountains symbolically. That is, a pine tree sorta looks like this and then created a persona of one that he could make up in his head never having to look at one again.

I try to paint from life, and though I am not after an exact likeness of a tree, there will be particulars in seeing and painting from a real scene that will stand out, thus I do not depend on generalization symbols.

At any rate...my paper was Cotman watercolor paper, 7" x 10" in wire bound book form. Because of its size...and general good thickness, it doesn't need stretching.

Even in my larger watercolors, I would prefer buying the 300lb thicker watercolor paper. I know...I'm lazy, and stretching doesn't appeal to me.


11-10-2000, 11:07 PM
It is always helpful when you post a step by step http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/cool.gif, I like this step by step lesson