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06-10-2001, 07:18 PM
Some help folks. I really don't like this watercolour. It was done on a quarter sheet (15 by 11) of Arche's 300 pound paper, BTW it didn't fit in the scanner, your seeing about 80% -- camera is on order. I want to do another lighthouse or redo this one so be cruel, be cutting, I need to know the mistakes I have made. I don't need any complements. I need criticism. Chop it to pieces so I can do it right. I can handle it. I am not thin skinned.

Thanks Mucho,


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06-10-2001, 08:10 PM
I love your color use...this is really nice!
Jann http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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06-10-2001, 10:22 PM
Javier, you don't say how long you've been working in watercolor but you seem to have a good handle on the medium. The one thing that jumps right out at me is your lack of a light source in the landscape. Without that you have flat surfaces instead of 3 dimensional objects.

The other problem is using the same color in only one area...example the grassy slopes are all one color. The yellow house is just yellow. Deciding on a light source will help you see where the shadows and contrasts need to be and those areas will have more variety of colors.

The sky is your best feature in this painting...the variety of color gives interest...and your rendering of the subject and composition are nicely done! Work on your values and you will like this one a lot more.

"Everything is not art and Art is not everything, but it comes close."....carly

06-11-2001, 01:18 AM
So, I need a stronger light source in order to produce stronger shadows -- hope I got it right. I see what you mean about, "using the same color in only one area" and "The yellow house is just yellow". I need to paint more, maybe paint just a house and experiment -- I understand this one. Thanks Carly -- I know it is not easy to tear into another persons work, but I really want to enjoy painting, of which I have only been doing watercolors for a few months. I greatly appreciate your candor.

Thanks Again,


06-11-2001, 04:53 AM
You have a great start here,like your sky and composition, contrast can be improved.
I agree with Carly, it needs more contrast and a light source that will givestronger shadows, A variation in colours would also help. I have played with your image, thought this would demonstrate our ideas better,
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06-11-2001, 05:59 AM
Like someone said, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Rod, I can now see better what you and Carly mean about light source and color variations. It is almost a different picture. I'll work on it -- I'm going to start a new painting today. But first, maybe I should go do some of your lessons again with a fresh view.

Again Many Thanks,