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08-22-2005, 12:03 AM
I don't usually spend time in here because there is so much going on and it's hard to keep up with all of you.... however, I admire your work and I need help. I've just finished two half sheets... at least I think they're done, and a smaller version of one of them. I need two paintings to enter in a show or and can't decide if I should go with two of these. The first one is 7.5 x 7.5 and it's slightly out of focus.... I'm having camera trouble. The second one is a larger version of the same image.... 15 x 22, and the third is also 15 x 22
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2005/998-Misty_Morning.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2005/998-The_Fleet.jpg

Cattleprod Karl
08-22-2005, 12:47 AM
Helen - wow, beautiful work! I like them all very much, but I think my favorite is the second one. I just like the mood of it... I see no reason why you shouldn't use these paintings for a show. Perhaps #2 and #3 ? You are very talented.


08-22-2005, 01:51 AM
Helen , Your work is Great . I especially like the first,the color is nice and strong and I like the grasses in front . The Third I think needs some further variation in the Yellows and in change of value.
Everything is of course Personal . Your Judge may love it as is.
Good Luck

08-22-2005, 05:51 AM

These are all beautiful. I'd love to see how you get that soft, diffuse look in your paintings.

My favorite, like Karl's, is the second one. Something about it just draws my eye back again and again.

I like the boats too, but the hole left by the one boat turning toward the back is dead in the center and I find that a little distracting.

Good luck in the Show. Let us know how you do.


08-22-2005, 06:25 AM
I love the abstartct shapes in No 3. but no2 wins for me.......it is hauntingly beautiful but also strong in terms of shape, interest and negative space........my eye spends time sorting out the boat and the jetty....... a dis hapy to do so........

good luck whichever you chose

08-22-2005, 08:08 AM
I definitely like 2 and 3 best! How did you do them? Did you do a wash with purple and yellow first?


08-22-2005, 10:09 AM
Thank you all... I see what you mean about the hole left by the center boat Sylvia. I'm not sure I'll do anything about it yet but will see. How I do it.... totally by pouring. I did the drawing.... that bunch of boats was a bear to draw... then did an initial pour because I didn't want pure white anywhere. Then it's mask and pour. For the two similar pieces I used cobalt, ultramarine and antwerp blues, permanent rose and auereleon. For the other I used all of the above and Winsor Newton Quin Red and New Gamboge. I'm still experimenting with this technique... My original intent was for the bunch of boats (The Fleet) to be very colorful but the mask seems to take some of the color with it when it comes off. As it is, I like the effect even though it isn't what I intended. I'm going to try it again another way but not today.

08-22-2005, 12:44 PM

I read a Watercolor Book by Ron Ransom once and he uses a similar technique. He uses a lot of masking fluid and layers of pours to achieve wonderful finished paintings.


08-23-2005, 10:15 AM
I made a couple small changes in The Fleet and I'm much happier with it now. I'm also doing it again... I like the mood of this but still want to try a brighter version.