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02-14-2001, 01:56 AM
Be forewarned. These are still shots from video taping the painting.

This is me as a child. I did this watercolour when I was 16 or 17. It was my first watercolour, and I believe only one.

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I am not happy with the lack of strong shadows in the face and neck area, but then my works are never finished...And it is watercolour.

Here is the old snapshot it can from.

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The full painting in really bad picture quality. The flowers are lacking life too I think.

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Wishing for a scanner...

P.S. Is there a secret way to post the tiny heads I'm missing? I tried but it says incorrect file type or sixe which should not be true. Tanks

I just draw what I see

02-14-2001, 02:11 AM
Well, this will send a lot of us back to the drawing board!!
Welcome and I am just betting, that 16 or 17 was about 2 years ago???
You are remarkable and making my head spin!
Stuff like this will make lots of us work harder!
I have a suggestion.
The tv image is great! If you have a little spare cash, when you develop photos, you can have them put on a disk.
I would opt for a cheapo scanner to get started. They have lots under $100 and rebates and Fry's!
You GOTTA show us MORE and get a website.
You make me thirsty.
Thanks for joining!
AND if you like archaeology, this is the trials and tribulations of the tiny heads

[This message has been edited by djstar (edited February 14, 2001).]

02-14-2001, 02:19 AM
Muchas Gracias. You are one of my favorite artists here so it means a lot. I've never been to art school outside of high school which was very basic. Haven't done anything since then really (I am now 20) until I found this site last night. It is feeding my artistic fire. My problem is that I only paint or draw when something inspires me which is never. And I am such a perfectionist I am never satisfied. Give me tips. I know nothing about selecting brushes or paper and the like. I just do with what I have and try to make it match the image. Again thanks. Hope to talk to you soon.

I just draw what I see

02-14-2001, 07:50 AM
welcome! Your work is truly amazing and I can really relate to "my work is never finished" and being a "perfectionist".I haven't done a watercolor in 2 years now but I'm back at the drawing board.Please do check the "projects" and the watercolor forum as well...and yes ,show us more!

02-14-2001, 09:55 AM
Nice work...but, a thought....

The artist needs to keep in mind what and where the viewer's eye is to come to, and downplay everything else. My comment is that I believe the background or flowers in general are a bit distractive. If you are intent to paint them, I'd make her (you) appear to hold a few flowers, or make a few in focus...while perhaps blurring out those in the background.

Also...I think the level horizontal lay of the background needs some breaking up...some neutral area coming down separating some flowers, or even some verticals extending up into the space above.

It is not so much a problem of being "good enough." In fact...sometimes being good too much, or in the sense of showing what one can do can be a detriment. What I mean is..what if the flowers in the back were painted so well that the viewer found a conflict in wanting to look at the child, but the background kept saying..."heh..look at me!"

By blurring those flowers, or suggesting them more rather than a literal detailing...you establish stronger contrasts with the line and form of the child, bringing her a stronger three-dimension.


"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas

[This message has been edited by lseiler (edited February 14, 2001).]

02-14-2001, 02:38 PM
Thank you all for the kind comments. For lseiler: these were my first flowers, and not my idea. Pressured on me by my high school art teacher. If the pictures came out better you could see that the background flowers are very blurred and in the foreground (bottom right) are 3 tulips in focus, in the best detail I could muster. I'm no good with objects. I will keep your helpful suggestions in mind for my next watercolour, Thanks!

I just draw what I see

02-14-2001, 05:23 PM
Welcome to WC! I visited your "Me Mum" post, also. You definitely have the eyes and hands to do well. I don't know what your day job is, but if it doesn't include art, consider a career change. I'm a rank beginner, so my only advice is "Paint, paint, paint." I also think you should look into a good art school. Most of us in this world shouldn't bother, but I'd ask professional artists if they think you should. Like almost any field, whether you have great talent or not, it opens the door for opportunity. If you listen, you might even learn a few things. Take it for what it's worth. I just hope you bless us with more creations soon.
Thanks for sharing,