View Full Version : Another attempt!

07-22-2000, 07:18 PM
Am trying to get this wet into wet thing going on...this is my second attempt with a yellow iris. This one was a bit more colorful, too, and I had more fun with it!

Image is 14x18 on 140# cold press.
(I'll be glad when I've used up all this bad paper)
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07-22-2000, 07:47 PM
Ooooooh Carly!
I love this one. I NEVER get excited about flowers, but this really grabbed my eye! If this is on bad paper...I can't imagine what you'll do with good paper.


PS what's wrong with the paper?

07-22-2000, 09:31 PM
Thanks Gisela! I am having fun with these..since they don't really have to be anything except shapes!

The paper is one of those Strathmore pads...140# which is very lightweight. Does not take water very well and there is no way you can "scrub" as so many watercolorists are fond of mentioning! If its wet a hole will appear or at least half the paper surface will be gone. But its fine for these practice pieces! I just received some 300# which I'm itching to try....but gee, I hate to mess it up when it cost so much!

I got a couple of watercolor boards which is paper attached to a white board surface that I'm going to try too....no stretching! Will let everyone know how I like it as soon as I get up the nerve to touch it!

07-23-2000, 07:28 AM
Hey Carly...this is so neat!! Behind the iris, in the upper right corner, the impression of another one,,,and the colors give the impression of a full garden.
I never stretch my papers - personal choice.. and if using a board full of papers, I take the top sheet off, and tape it down. Not too convenient if doing plein aire I know.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

07-23-2000, 04:55 PM
Way to go Carly! The flower looks great! I am also trying to learn to get that diffused looking background... kind of like you feel you could just raise your eyes and focus on a whole garden. "isn't this fun?" Sandy

07-24-2000, 09:27 AM
Carly, very nice work. Its seem as tho you enjoy working with color. Keep goin' with it!

07-24-2000, 09:28 AM

OOOOOH! I really like this one much better. The background is not yelling for too much attention yet you feel like there is more to it. Great job! I hope you will keep experimenting!


07-24-2000, 03:10 PM
Nice work Carly,
you have more contrast in this one, love your choice of colours,
Can't wait to see some with your new paper,

Phyllis Rennie
07-24-2000, 08:15 PM
So.......use the lousy paper for greeting cards, gift tags, etc. Or for compositional sketches or color studies..... and go ahead and paint on the good stuff. 'Cause otherwise you're going to have to relearn your technique when you move up to better paper. If the expense is holding you back, how about doing a few small ones on good paper at first instead of struggling with paper that doesn't work.

07-24-2000, 10:11 PM

I like the softness of the upper right background.


07-24-2000, 10:54 PM
I just wanted to say thank you to all of you! You are such an encouragement. That's one of the things I really love about this site.

Going to begin a new piece on my new paper tomorrow!! Maybe attempt a tree! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

07-25-2000, 12:19 AM
Just simply I LOVE IT a great inspiration to us all

12-05-2000, 07:25 PM
I like your flowers. You get better evey painting, can`t wait to see more. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

12-08-2000, 07:04 PM
Very nice, Carly. The background has some much movement and color and it completely pops out the flower without overtaking it.

12-08-2000, 08:08 PM
This is very good dispite your probs with the paper.

12-08-2000, 08:52 PM

The colors are so lush! I am working on that wet in wet right now too, and it does take practice. Looks like you are getting the knack of it, gal. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif