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06-09-2005, 09:29 PM

11x16 .... Feeding the swans...a WIP
Stages 1 & 2

Sketched with Mauve and tone values added with same ( learned to use Mauve during the portrait class and just like it so I use it in most of my paintings). Masked using candle and fluid.
Cerulean blue sky with a pale mauve wash applied...same basis for river but with a watery pale green applied.

06-09-2005, 09:46 PM
Coming along very nice. Is that Murray river :D ? Reflections are so nice. I hope you finish it soon!!

06-09-2005, 10:50 PM
I didn't notice that this was a WIP at first. I saw the purple figures and thought, "I see dead people." ;) This is a great start on this. I would love to learn how you use candle as masking....sounds difficult.

Looking forward to more....


06-10-2005, 11:42 AM
looking forward to seeing the next step

I like mauve also!

06-10-2005, 02:49 PM
Looking good so far Laurie...waiting & watching. ;)

06-10-2005, 04:26 PM
Ok have got me seat - am watching with interest.


06-10-2005, 05:33 PM
Also pulling a chair for this--like the composition, subject matter...can't wait to see more.


06-11-2005, 12:24 AM
Thank you for your interest...:)...the river is yet to be named...my son took the photo in England last year...I think it may be the Thames at Windsor.
I am working down from the top of the painting .... greens mixed with FUB and Lemon yellow and New Gamboge...the only yellows I possess :)..mixed in a little black wash for darks...you will gather from this that I have no technique at all...:(....it's all a bit hit 'n miss with me I'm afraid.

This photo taken indoors with a very poor light but just good enough to see last night's work :)
I hope you won't be disappointed :)

06-11-2005, 12:29 AM

putting them side by side for easier comparisons

06-11-2005, 01:55 AM
oops too late to edit....

here goes with scan (2 parts) which is lighter.......


06-11-2005, 12:22 PM
This has a good start and I am anxious too to see your finished product. Just a suggestion for other paintings. Ordinarily, the lines that you use in water will go in the same general direction. When we curve them too much, it makes it look like we have the start of swirling water. The other incidence of curving is when something has either landed on or is jumping out of the water. Your's is really alright really, as the swans may have been swimming in that direction. This is a tip only...You look to be an experienced painter, so probably had something in mind with this semi-swirl of white. As Roger said in an earlier post...This may have been better said in another forum or maybe not at all. I'm not sure where I should go with it. Again, keep your painting coming to us in progress.
Anne :) :music:

06-11-2005, 06:43 PM
The swirl was meant to indicate movement of the water and the boy's open hand to indicate food thrown to the swans... the birds swirling and watching for the food to hit the water...sort of something like that........sigh.........have I overdone it?

06-11-2005, 11:55 PM
Sunday 1.53 p.m.
Photo taken outdoors.


My son tells me the location is Oxford.

06-12-2005, 06:20 AM
Finished...I think...unless you see something I have missed :)

Scanned in two parts


06-12-2005, 06:34 AM
Hi Laurie! What progress you've made in the short time you've been painting! This is a lovely composition! Since I'm not a landscaper by any stretch, take this with a grain of salt... I think I'd like to see a little more texture in your foreground bank... and deeper colour in your reflections... How did you like using the was as a resist?

06-12-2005, 07:16 AM
Thanks Charm...I'll have a go at the foreground tomorrow in daylight :)
I always see what is needed AFTER it is posted...sort of looks different doesn't it....or don't they .

I just noticed we have a lil green light to say we are on-line...neat huh?..:)

06-12-2005, 08:59 AM
Hi! I am waiting to hear how you used candle wax?

This is lovely! I really enjoyed watching the progress on it!


06-12-2005, 09:38 AM
Hi there :)
I am not sure that I use the candle wax correctly but I use the bottom edge of the candle and just draw lines with it..in this case I did small curves in the water area .
I think it has to remain on the paper although I did read somewhere that it can be removed with brown paper and a hot iron...just not game to try that :)
I have worked on the foreground since my last post but have not scanned...prefer to photograph in daylight tomorrow.
If you do a search for `candle wax` there is a thread about the subject...I just dont have the URL at this time :)

06-12-2005, 09:41 AM
Hi Laurie, yes I did that while I waited for your reply!

Seems good for some things but I don't think it really would take the place of masking fluid. (Which I am out of).

Thanks so much!


06-12-2005, 07:41 PM
Yesterday's image..

OK...worked on the foreground and darkened the reflections...just a tad......How's it looking now? :)


A larger image here:

06-12-2005, 08:28 PM
OK, time to quit!

Very nice!


06-12-2005, 08:35 PM
OK, time to quit!

Very nice!


I'm glad you said that...I agree....:) :wave:

06-12-2005, 11:16 PM
Turned out very nicely, thanks for the WIP:)

06-13-2005, 06:28 PM
There is something wrong with the third child's shoulder...I didn't notice it til I did my signature using that painting.....will tweak a bit and come back later.

06-13-2005, 08:01 PM
There is something wrong with the third child's shoulder...I didn't notice it til I did my signature using that painting.....will tweak a bit and come back later.

OK tweaked the shoulder


06-13-2005, 08:07 PM
This is beautiful Laurie........welll done

06-13-2005, 10:37 PM
I wish I was at home using my own puta, as Tania's old monitor just doesn't do the painting justice..

Why don't you try putting the was resist (candle) on scrap paper the same as your water colour paper and paint over it.. When dry try the iron and blotting paper and see how good it works before trying it on your painting..