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seedy
09-12-2005, 04:27 PM
Hi.....
I live about 4 blocks from the site of an annual balloon festival each Labour Day weekend.
In the 7 years I've lived at this location, once and only once has the wind direction taken them over our heads. They go up so fast that photos from the ground are useless......even those in the air, taken from aircraft or other balloons, are not too spectacular.
On the ground....that's another story.
I've never painted them so I thought it was about time.....

Please take my comments with a grain of salt....its just the way I paint. ;-)
Definitely not carved in stone.


300# Artistico Smooth.....DaVinci/Holbien paints.....flat brushes.

The original....


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2005/21167-HotAirOrigWC500.jpg


I was tempted to leave the masking fluid in the bottle, but this puppy took a long time to draw, but on Fabriano, its a treat compared to Arches CP, so I went with it. Naturally its hard to make out the drawing, but the m/f is quite visible...Pebeo....I like it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir01WC500.jpg


I went pretty lightly on the sky. I just felt that a busy sky would mess with the colourful balloons......just UB....BS.....and some Indian yellow....
The balloon colour is cobalt blue and indigo......Yeaaaaa
Lots of lifting near the top center of the balloon....subdued light is from the right.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir02WC500.jpg


I realize that a lot of artists hate m/f so I did'nt use it on the crowd....I went around each of those teeny heads......
I was impressed by the figures of a newcomer....Graphite....so will try to come close to his style.
Here's a close up.
I'm not sure about others, but I've never been more pleased with the speed of WC! It's a pleasure to do these now.....
Any questions, please don't hesitate.....Golfing tomorrow....Catch you all later.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir03WC500.jpg

JustjoGA
09-12-2005, 04:40 PM
Brian, this is going to be a winner... I have a friend in Arizona
I used to go to Hot Air Balloon shows with... she would love this.
Balloons are always so colorful ... and being around them is
exciting...

Jo in Georgia

leverettfinn
09-12-2005, 04:56 PM
Sitting front and center (move your feet jo :D )....great drawing....agree about Graphite's figures...stylized and cool...interesting sky....will look completely different when the rest of the balloons are in....I woulda thunk a flat graded wash sky with this image...but think your treatment will give some movement... :clap: .

Lauren...another Fabriano Fan

jolynnmorse
09-12-2005, 07:16 PM
Brian,
What a fantastic start. I agree with Graphite style figures, will work well. Nice long figures with big fat balloons....cool.

Celeste McCall
09-12-2005, 08:04 PM
Brian, what a great painting this is going to be. Really interesting already. Love that sky! And that balloon looks real already. This is going to be really something!!!!

Can't wait to see it finished!!! :) :) :) :) :)

Yep, Graphite's style is one of my favorite types of paintings.

I knew a Mexican artist, Gregorio, that was a stamp artist. And I loved his work as well. His oil paintings couldn't hold a candle to his more illustrative work. Though, they were extremely creative and wonderful as well.

I've got a front row seat. Staying for the duration. ;)

seedy
09-12-2005, 09:08 PM
Hi....
Jo....hows that wonderful looking dog doing....we should compare Schnauzer notes rather than painting.....My guy...Max....is always on the "scruffy" side.

Lauren....
Was thinking about just plain Blue......but got carried away......lets wait and see how it holds up....Fabriano.....YES

Jolly....
Better than fat figures and skinny balloons.

Celeste....
Lets just wait and see....
It could be a while.....unless it rains om golf day....

jaydiva
09-13-2005, 04:30 AM
Oh wow, I'm glad i made it in time!

This is going to be a stunner!!
Are you really painting all those people :eek: yesss i like graphite's people too.

can't wait to see more of this (maybe i should do a little raindance ;) )

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juneto
09-13-2005, 11:15 AM
Lookin ' Good , Brian !
Waiting for the Grand Finale. Putting thr Color on the Balloons is going to be the Fun part , Right?
Can't Wait ! Come on , come on)
June :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Yorky
09-13-2005, 03:01 PM
Looking good, Brian - here comes the colour! :D

Doug

tep394
09-13-2005, 04:24 PM
Looks great. I am anxious to see how you handle the massed colors. It's going to be a winner.

Strawberry Wine
09-13-2005, 04:54 PM
Hi Brian: Love the way that balloon is shaping up. Looking forward to seeing this progress.

Cheers.,

Gail

olika
09-13-2005, 07:49 PM
Great photo to start with. I stayed at Carlton one summer when Mary was checking out Ottawa U. and as we came around a corner near the parking lot there was a "ton" of balloons getting ready to take off. (oooh - an unintended pun?) What an amazing sight! You have a great start going here. Incredible patience to paint around all the figures :eek: The colours are going to be fantastic! :D :D

Uschi
09-13-2005, 09:53 PM
Playing Golf when we are sitting here all worked up and holding our breath?????? Wonderful start Brian, hope it rains soon LOL
Uschi

painterbear
09-14-2005, 06:08 AM
Hi Brian,

Interesting subject matter and great start. When we lived in Albuquerque we attended several balloon festivals. You are so right, when they are on the ground is the best time to take photos if you want to do a painting.

Sylvia

jaydiva
09-14-2005, 08:31 AM
is it tomorrow yet??


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olliewood0702
09-14-2005, 10:04 AM
Pulling up a chair....WONDERFUL so far Seedy!.......waiting.........

juneto
09-14-2005, 01:05 PM
Where the Heck has Brian disappeared to? Bet he put up a Tent on the Links?
June

seedy
09-14-2005, 05:54 PM
Hi....
I'm so sorry.....hope you have nice soft seats......I had a few things to do that where a little higher on the to-do list....
Should have held back on this til the weekend....hang in there....
June....I've been busy looking for my lost golf balls. Ran in to a few of Barnsey's friends.
I shall return.....who said that? Churchill....or Nixon.?

JustjoGA
09-14-2005, 06:07 PM
Seedy: Hi.... Jo....hows that wonderful looking dog doing....we should compare Schnauzer notes

Sorry, Brian... it isn't me who has a Schnauzer ... though I do think they're cute little dogs... Maybe someone will own up to it...

Jo in Georgia

tep394
09-15-2005, 12:46 PM
"I shall return.....who said that? Churchill....or Nixon.?"

It was Douglas MacArthur.

Looking forward to your next installment.

laudesan
09-16-2005, 08:57 AM
Pulling up a chair here too..


I know what you mean about Graphite's figures, they interested me too..

nes7827
09-16-2005, 10:44 AM
Hello Brian...excellent idea, it occurs to me you don't really see many pics of balloons in watercolor -wonder why, seems like a natural. looks great so far, I think that type of figure will look better in this context than sprinkled amidst a quaint English village...where the heck are ya, anyway? Back to work! Nick

seedy
09-17-2005, 03:52 PM
Hi....
Shot an 89...
Did the laundry and the groceries and the vacuuming....whew.
Tom....I thought it was Mr. Bush to the people of Louisiana......good thing he got elected to his second term.....now will he own up to starting a war? Hmmmm....better stick to the painting......which could be applied to a few politicians around here....
Bug off, Nick....go change a diaper ;-)

OK....
Did just a little bit.
One of my bad habits is not mixing enough of the same colour....such as a balloon, and then have it change....so I made sure of that. I find I also tend to rush rather than doing the layers.... I try to do them all at once so tried to be patient....guess that's why I'm doing all the boring stuff at once....blues and blacks.
So....why do that? you ask.....
Well.....seems to me that if I did a lot of bright colours only, then the bright would over power....something like all roses and no leaves? Contrast?
I also did some little streaky things under the people line......with the colours of the balloons above......not sure how that will turn out.....but should be better than ashpalt
To date.....Sat.PM.....will be back with more.....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir04WC500.jpg

seedy
09-17-2005, 05:05 PM
Great.....got this done.....
Now if the rain would just go away, I could get those pork chops grilled....OK so I'm all wet anyway.....
The pale yellow is not showing up too well...
Painted YO over the whole area, as you can see on the left lower balloon, then came back with orange (cad Red Scarlet and Indian Yellow) hair dryer and then RS over that.....
There is still a lot of shading to do on the yellows and oranges.
Sat PM.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir05WC500.jpg

els
09-17-2005, 07:44 PM
Brian, it is looking fantastic already... Following this...

tep394
09-17-2005, 09:31 PM
Great progress Brian. This is different from your usual work and I like it too. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Mr. Bush says a great many things, often at the wrong time. But General MacArthur gets credit for "I shall return"

laudesan
09-17-2005, 09:33 PM
Woot. Loving this Brian..

Do you reeeeeeeeeeally have to sleep.. ;) More ..... more.......

89 huh..;)

bluegenes
09-17-2005, 09:37 PM
Wow, just found this....looking great already!

Patty

seedy
09-18-2005, 02:55 PM
Hi Patty...
Hope I don't put you to sleep......
Tom....
I can't wait to see how it turns out either...
JJ....
Yes...89.....and I won a few of the bets too....

Nick asked an interesting question.....why don't we see more watercolour paintings of balloons?
Having spent some time painting this and even longer thinking about ithe answer.....I think I know why......
Its too much like painting by numbers.....unless you go abstract....and then its all about colour. There isn't that much to get "painterly" about.....and I guess thats why I was attracted by the people and less so by the balloons.
In any case, this is where I'm at today....
Sunday PM.

The center balloon is pretty much done, as is the one on the far right.
The yellow under painting is cad yellow with a touch of hansa.
The purple is UB...Alizarin and a touch of Burnt Umber.
Please don't ask what the big blue one is......it may get cropped ;-)

I'm glad to say there is nice granulation going on in the purple.....which may raise this excercise to watercolour status....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir06WC500.jpg

bluegenes
09-18-2005, 05:54 PM
:clap:
I'm sure you can do something with the blue one! :)
Lookin good!

Patty

mr sandbanx
09-18-2005, 07:33 PM
I don't get to the studio much anymore, and I am beginning to regret that. Missing all these WIPs.

Brian, painting can wait till winter if need be, golf season is not going to last forever... but if you have a need to carry on with this, feel free. Great subject this, especially with the baloons partially inflated and on the ground. The people will really give a great sense of scale. Love the colour mixes you are using. Nick is right, this should be as natural a subject as flowers, to a watercolourist.

Looking forward to watching the rest of this one.

Chris

laudesan
09-18-2005, 09:38 PM
JJ....Yes...89.....and I won a few of the bets too....


Woot..:D

Loving the narration. I am inclined to agree with you re the painting by numbers thing. It's almost going back to the beginning.. huh??

jaydiva
09-19-2005, 05:02 AM
coming along great.
i noticed you put a little colour on the people

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seedy
09-20-2005, 01:31 PM
Got a little more done....
I sure hope this ends up bening frameable....it's a total bore.....
Really missing the boat on the purple one.....and here I had hopes that this would be the best.....but it does let those yellows look much better.
I'm trying to work a little of Holbien's xxxx into the yellows and reds....will have to wait and see....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir07WC500.jpg

And a closeup of the line-up......so as I dont have to do them all at once, I'm just doing a little between balloons.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir08WC500.jpg

Please don't hesitate to add some suggestions or comments.

jaydiva
09-20-2005, 02:45 PM
I LIKE the people!!

Hmm purple gives me the shivers too, never looks like i want it too either too much or too little red in it :rolleyes:
Yours is looking fine to me, it has a nice velvety feeling

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AndreaPaints
09-20-2005, 02:45 PM
Hey Brian,
This is really cool. I've never seen a hot-air-balloon around here. Probably cause we're too near the ocean!

seedy
09-20-2005, 03:13 PM
Hi....
Thanks Jutta....I need all the encouragement I can get.....
I meant to say Holbiens "Opera".....but had a senior moment so used xxx thinking I would fill it in later....but forgot....which is another story

Andrea....
I guess....better make sure the wind is in the right direction.....and for sure, no flying now. Farmers in the area hate them....appparently the noise of the hot air filling the balloons really spooks them......champagne if they land on your farm.
I'm thinking of buying some land......
Thanks for looking.

laudesan
09-20-2005, 08:48 PM
WE get them here, :) Brisbane attraction .Champagne Breakfast flights. They fly over the house sometimes and my dogs are so good, they ignore them. Never have bothered either of them. Sets off all the neighbours dogs tho'..

Is painting that dark irl???

seedy
09-20-2005, 09:07 PM
Hi JJ
Just about that dark in real life....I get real tired of trying to match each photo since the camera seems to have a mind of its own, so I just hit enhance and hope its close to the real thing.
The final photo will be as close as I can get to the actual...

laudesan
09-20-2005, 09:43 PM
I know what you mean it IS hard to match the colours with a camera..

I love your people!!!

olika
09-21-2005, 08:49 AM
This is moving along quite nicely, Brian. Once you get the majority of it done, you will then know what will need tweaking!
I am sure I gave the people on a balloon quite a laugh a few years ago. We live pretty much in the middle of nowhere and I was out one morning and walked behind a shed. I looked up and there was this humongous balloon about 60 feet up in the air. They were making their way to a field in front of our house although I didn't know that at the time. But... I do remember looking up and saying "HOLY %[email protected]#!" in an extremely loud voice. They could not help but hear it I am sure!! :D :D

Borum
09-21-2005, 11:06 AM
Really digging this Brian, especially the contrast between the way the ballons are painted and the way you are rendering the crowds. The little pic of part of the painting would make a painting in itself... :clap:

Shoot 85 Sunday...................... :cool:

juneto
09-21-2005, 12:50 PM
Ooh ! love it , can't wait to see the Finish.
June :clap: :clap: :clap:

Gilberte
09-21-2005, 02:20 PM
Stupendous.

seedy
09-21-2005, 04:08 PM
Olika.....
My buddy Max ^...(avatar) just about said the same thing, but in a different language....he's just two, so this was the first time he had encountered anything like that.

Borum.....
With a Mulligan on each 9 ?

June....
You think you can't wait ;-)

Gilberte....
Merci.....and I can easily wait to finnish it....

Gary B.
09-21-2005, 05:36 PM
Did someone say stupendous? Yes. Well, how about magnificent? I love this piece. Don't see where you told us what size it is? Must be a little on the largish side.

seedy
09-21-2005, 05:43 PM
Hi....
Gary.....Love that Stengel quote.....almost as good as the "outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend" Groucho...
You are so right....I forgot the size...22 x 30....sorry 'bout that.
Thanks for the comment....hope I can live up to it.....

Strider
09-21-2005, 06:11 PM
Wonderful Seedy. A full sheet is what I've come to expect from you, to match your bold style. Love this and know the finish will be grand... :wave:

seedy
09-21-2005, 09:35 PM
Hi Kevin....
You've got more confidence in me than I have....
Thanks...

mr sandbanx
09-22-2005, 11:00 PM
Kevin is usually a good judge of such things Brian... I've learned to trust his instincts.

He is right, this is going to be a winner.

Chris

seedy
09-26-2005, 11:48 AM
Not going too quickly on this.....almost painted a big red x across it....I'm beginning to hate it....Argh.
Its a lot like painting a big apple only worse.....all those panes of material have to be smoothed out across the shadows to make them appear rounded and I'm not really into that....too boring.
The paint has to be applied so evenly cause thats the way these guys look.
Maybe the next balloon will go better.
Its Monday A.M.

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Gilberte
09-26-2005, 12:08 PM
never mind the balloons (lol) ... I want to be able to count the onlookers !
To me it seems all to go smoothly.
Congrats !

Strider
09-26-2005, 02:27 PM
Hey Seedy, looking good! Don't you hate it when you loose interest in a work? Well, it may be a drag, but the finished work will be a beaut...of course, unless ya snap and whip the big red X across it! ;)

pampe
09-26-2005, 02:42 PM
Not going too quickly on this.....almost painted a big red x across it....I'm beginning to hate it....Argh.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir09WC500.jpg


I know that feeling

Keep going...it's going to be worth it

jaydiva
09-26-2005, 03:40 PM
Wow, incredible!!!
Don't stop now, you're almost done http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Sep-2005/32313-cheer.gif
This will be a stunner for sure!

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Borum
09-26-2005, 03:54 PM
Don't Stop Now! :)

seedy
09-26-2005, 04:12 PM
Thanks guys.....
I won't stop, since I'm learning something for the first....how to hate a painting.....;-)

Nandie
09-26-2005, 04:21 PM
Seedy, I think you must just be getting sick of looking at it. I opened this thread for the first time and I'm LOVING it - especially the last installment. That purple balloon is especially wonderful!!! Don't discard this. If you really can't stand it, put it away for a while until you can look at it with fresh eyes. I think it's going to be a winner. :)

Jijo
09-26-2005, 05:03 PM
Hi Brian, come on, do not hate it yet.. it is promising ( much more than your close 90...and you'll return to links next saturday, arn't you?? ) .
Love the subject, guessing what are you thinkin for the floor...or are the croud planning to fly too?
alex

seedy
09-26-2005, 08:38 PM
Hi...
Andrea....
Thanks for the boost....in real life this doe's not look that great....

Alex.....
This is a quebec crowd....they are already gassed.....think I should go with a little spallter in the foreground......
First....finish the [email protected]%&^%($&$#* balloons...

Thanks for looking everybody....

laudesan
09-26-2005, 09:08 PM
Oh Brian it is looking so beautiful on here............. I LOVE those people and that purple baloon.. woot..

seedy
09-28-2005, 03:49 PM
Wed PM....

Good thing I'm getting near the end.....
I'm showing you the uncropped version with a mug beside it to give you all a bit of scale.
I've hand this board for about 20 years...1/4" ( 6mm ) poplar plywood.....and the handle is still intact....
Just a few more hours.....
Anybody have any thoughts about light splatter below the people? Yes....No...or "you go ahead seedy....you screw it up by yourself"
That's what I thought....
Oh....part of the big blue ugly will get cropped.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir10WC500.jpg

amyeverhart
09-28-2005, 03:57 PM
Great finished product.

seedy
09-28-2005, 04:03 PM
Hi...
Amy....not finished yet....I can fuss on my own stuff ;-)

Nandie
09-28-2005, 04:19 PM
It DOES need a bit of foreground to "anchor" it Brian. Not sure if spatter is the answer or what........ maybe the others have ideas. I like it!

jaydiva
09-28-2005, 04:24 PM
Well, Brian, I would go for the light spatter with the people. Some hot weather reflections, no big thing y'know :D (just kiddin')

Went back to look at the photo, your painting looks much brighter, more sunlight in it. So i would indeed go with the light spatter. The atmosphere of your painting is a lot more pleasant than in the photo.
Which ugly blue do you mean??? you're not talking about either the right or left side balloon, now are you (waving motherly finger at you). A little more definition on the left ballon, third secment, that's all it needs.
Now hear who's talking, as if i would ever be able to accomplish something like that. I really admire your skills and patience :clap: :clap:

Go, Brian, go!!! You're almost done!!

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Jijo
09-28-2005, 04:53 PM
thinking on a mug row (bigger ones), in the meantime, while thinking how to cover the gassed crowd... if they are already flying... a row of trees...
alex

seedy
09-28-2005, 05:47 PM
Thanks for the input guys....
The balloon on the left....OK will try it and I think I will go for a little splatter just to break up those colour streaks....
Jijo....
Funny guy....;-)

Strider
09-28-2005, 06:14 PM
Yeah, Seedy, a light spatter would give a nice effect...you may have already finished, but I thought maybe a light gradiated wash darker at bottom of FG to light where the peeps are. At any rate, this is cool. Now you can enjoy being finished with it! :D

seedy
09-28-2005, 06:38 PM
Kevin....
Good eye....no, its not finished and you are so right....a light wash...just a touch of Indigo........a little darker...but subtle...in the corners.....super...
Thanks so much...that will give it just the right look rather than the white paper....
Hope to be finished tomorrow....looks like rain....no golf with the old *putters*

Yorky
09-28-2005, 07:19 PM
Looking good, Brian.

I would have thought a grass field in the foreground.

Doug

CharM
09-28-2005, 07:32 PM
I've been following your progress, Brian and thought I'd pop in now that you've nearly finished... I simply could not offer any critique that would be of value... this is really a beautiful composition... all those people!!! :eek: I do feel that the orange baloon and the red/white baloon could be developed a little further... Spattering your foreground could add confusion... the people in that crowd are pretty small and your spatters would need to be fine, I think...

I learn a ton from you, so I'll just come back and see how you've solved your problem!

laudesan
09-28-2005, 08:03 PM
Kevin....
Good eye....no, its not finished and you are so right....a light wash...just a touch of Indigo........a little darker...but subtle...in the corners.....super...


Yes indigo for the foreground I guess.
I was going to suggest burnt sienna and fub for more interest. Maybe a tiny drop of hookers green in places..

NO splatter too busy..

I am really enjoying watching you work here Brian..

Nandie
09-28-2005, 08:09 PM
Can I come back and add my agreements to Char (Orange balloon could use a little more developing), Char & JJ (I too feel that spatter may just add confusion) and Doug (a grassy field would look good). Sorry to gang up on you.... I just can't think for myself LOL.....;)

Nacre
09-28-2005, 08:30 PM
Well I'm going to add my 2 Canadian cents :) I find the light blue ballon on the extreme left competing for my attention away from the orange /yellow ones . But other than that 'Looking good' and no advice from this corner of the country.

Fabulous
09-29-2005, 09:07 AM
Brian,

you are brave... there are more people in your painting that in the whole Mexico City ;)

Beautiful, so far!
Fab

seedy
09-29-2005, 10:45 AM
Hi....
Its back down to the dungeon to finish this and the laundry.....are'nt I nice.

Have toyed with the idea of a cast shadow from an unseen balloon, but I think I will stick with the plain indigo wash in front with some teensy weensy splatter in amongst the crowd....

Pearl.....did you read what Jutta said. Think I'd better do as she says.....;-)

Doug.....grass would be good if where any other colour than green or if someone else could paint it for me ;-)

Nacre
09-29-2005, 12:08 PM
Yep ! , no arguing with waving Motherly fingers :)

mustcreate
09-29-2005, 12:34 PM
*disclaimer....I haven't read through the entire thread so this may already have been suggested and rejected*

well call me crazy but I'd like to see a dark valued foreground to really make those people pop

*ducking for cover*

I must add though, it's a good thing everyone has talked you out of hating this.....it's looking great!!!

em

Brent60
09-29-2005, 12:59 PM
Would it be poor composition to simply crop the painting just below the line of people? Leave just enough foreground for a 'landing area'?
I get the feeling of a wet surface with the streaks down, like it has just finished raining. Is that what you're going for?

Brent60
09-29-2005, 12:59 PM
Would it be poor composition to simply crop the painting just below the line of people? Leave just enough foreground for a 'landing area'?
I get the feeling of a wet surface with the streaks down, like it has just finished raining. Is that what you're going for?

seedy
09-29-2005, 01:23 PM
Pearl.....
Agreed

em....
an artist, "graphite", was showing some paintings he did and I liked the way he did his figures and being the totally observant creature I am,;-) liked the way he did the figures, but also a streaky kind of foreground....so thats how this happened.
You can get up from under the table now....

Brent.....
Thats the way the photo is......but I was using the crowd the way one uses horizon lines (or similar) to be 1/3rd up...sorta......but it did'nt have to be.....except some wise guy would tell me I'm not using the *rule of thirds" ;-)
And welcome to WC!....just the kind of comment most of us are looking for....

Brent60
09-29-2005, 02:38 PM
And welcome to WC!....just the kind of comment most of us are looking for....Thanks for the welcome Brian. I'll keep watching you guys paint, and hopefully some of it will rub off. :)

billythekid
09-30-2005, 06:26 AM
A tremendeous task, Brian, I wouldn't have dared to do it !! So here comes my critics :evil: :
I think you should do a tonal b/w pic of the original photo and make a value comparison to your painting. Especially the lower ends of the balloon could go darker to emphasize the overall roundness (in contrast to the segment roundness).I like the people but they are not finished to me :D . I this is really a dreadful difficult piece, bon courage for the finishing touch :D . It's worth all that blood, sweat and tears.

seedy
09-30-2005, 04:25 PM
I'm done.....

Dieter....
Not as tremendous a task as mounting a show with 65 paintings!

To all those who came along for the ride....thank you for your patience....
I did learn a lot from this.....and that was doing all the gradations for the balloon curves and, as always, adapting the photo to suit.
I think I could have made a better use of the light to throw shadows from one balloon to the other.....
Ah well....sorta like dry walling.....by the time the job is done, you've got the hang of it.....

Close up....with splatter

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir12CloseFinalWC650.jpg

and the other

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2005/21167-HotAir11FinalWC500.jpg

Au revoir mes amis....a la prochain...;-)

Granny R
09-30-2005, 04:46 PM
Fantastic finish, congratulations on having patience with this wonderful piece.
Ruth

seedy
09-30-2005, 09:07 PM
hi...
Thanks Ruth.....

Christie
10-01-2005, 12:56 AM
Magnifique!

Gilberte
10-01-2005, 02:35 AM
Yes ... yes ... great watercolor ! Congrats ! :music: :music: :music:

laudesan
10-01-2005, 04:53 AM
I think your balloons are just wonderful..

I think your people are exceptional.

I think your spattered foreground looks unfinished.. My DH asked if it was water??

You can do better than this even tho' you are fed up with the piece..;)

seedy
10-01-2005, 09:28 AM
Hi....
Christie and Gilberte....Merci

JJ......
If thats water, all those pople are Saints....Maybe its ice ;-)....just another way of doing something different.

laudesan
10-01-2005, 09:34 AM
It is too confusing..;)

Christie
10-01-2005, 11:12 AM
I like the idea of ice...:D Very Canadian. Although, if it was ice, some of your figures should be horizontal.:D

amyeverhart
08-16-2006, 11:10 AM
I know it is a bit late for replying to this post, but after seeing this painting, I think I am going to paint a mural of hot air balloons in my daughters room. The ballloons will add such fun color.

emogirl
08-16-2006, 04:37 PM
Brian...i just got onto this one today....so cool!!! I love the people, they are my favourite - the whole combination is awesome....but i agree the ground needs something different....it looks like ice...but hey, uniquely Canadian!

seedy
08-21-2006, 04:08 PM
Kim and Amy
A mural would look great.....but be prepared to be bored.....there's a lot of colour in there......maybe go with a flater look....
Kim.....almost went to Lindsay last week-end.....the 19th for a golf tournament..."Olivers Nest" I think I missed a good Saturday but a rainy Sunday.
I still have this painting mostly because all our walls are white....need something bright so I guess it'll stay......

billjr13
08-21-2006, 06:09 PM
I really thought it came out nice. I live in Colorado and we have several Balloon feasts in the area each year and it is hard to get GREAT Photos that bring something different to the subject let alone find something dynamic enough to paint. I really liked your treatment of the crowds. It really works well. As for the forground maybe you can think of it as rain soaked (filled with little puddles that made the reflections.):thumbsup:
Nice Job

seedy
08-21-2006, 06:35 PM
Thanks Bill jr....
Rain soaked or wet was my first thought....thanks for pointing it out.....and we can be reassured that they will still take off....
The festival is only a few weeks away....
Will think about big reflections on a rainy morning....thanks for the tip.