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Laurie2
10-24-2005, 10:55 PM
The first of three paintings of Castle Coombe "commissioned" by my daughter....Natch it's an unpaid commisssion so what do I call it...:)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Oct-2005/56900-COOMBE2.jpg

I can see more shadow washes required on the left. I'll get to that when I have done some more work on those background trees.

Mark G
10-24-2005, 11:04 PM
Laurie,

Love it so far. I especially like the brick on the buildings and the roof detail. Keep going!!!:clap:

Mark

Laurie2
10-24-2005, 11:27 PM
Thank you Mark :)

Laurie2
10-25-2005, 02:08 AM
I worked on the background trees...not happy with those greens...too strident for distant trees I think.......
Will add shadow to left of small tree trunks next......maybe the darks will pull those bright greens into line...not sure about that but...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2005/56900-COOMBE3b.jpg

the uploaded image shows greens closer to my ref...in real life they are waaaay too green

ripvanblair
10-25-2005, 06:52 AM
This is lovely very rural, I like the stonework and the perspective, you can really walk down that street-------well done-----Alan

Yorky
10-25-2005, 08:28 AM
You're doing a wonderful job on this, Laurie, I especially like the distant hillside.

I suggest you add some texture and perhaps foreground shadows on the road.

PS I'll move this the the Watercolor Studio.

Doug

Laurie2
10-26-2005, 07:20 AM
Preparing painting #2

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2005/56900-COOM2.jpg

Yorky
10-26-2005, 08:41 AM
Looking good, Laurie - BTW don't know why your thumbnails turned up in the wrong gallery.

Doug

Laurie2
10-26-2005, 08:49 AM
Looking good, Laurie - BTW don't know why your thumbnails turned up in the wrong gallery.

Doug

I went in and deleted the pieces that were in the wrong place...I have not checked back yet to see what happened...will do that tomorrow...storms are around and I may have to log off in a hurry.
I have the final of the 1st Coome painting here ready to upload...took note of your foreground suggestions :) I'll upload that tomorrow too. G'Night :wave:

charlie154
10-26-2005, 02:16 PM
Coming along nicely!

BTW, an unpaid commission is a gift, I suppose. :D

Marilyn

Laurie2
10-26-2005, 07:23 PM
An Update to #1

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2005/56900-COOMBE3C.jpg

Tweaked those background foremost trees....some tyre marks on the road :)

Laurie2
10-26-2005, 07:25 PM
Coming along nicely!

BTW, an unpaid commission is a gift, I suppose. :D

Marilyn


Aw...and I did so want to claim I had a Commission...:) :cat:

wedad
10-27-2005, 12:19 AM
wonderful
Love it so far
Thank you

Laurie2
10-27-2005, 01:08 AM
wonderful
Love it so far
Thank you

Thank YOU Wedad...Welcome to WC.. :wave: .I do hope you will be showing us some of your own work and joining in the Monthly Classes

DominicM
10-28-2005, 09:51 AM
As I see it a commisison is: "
Someone appointing or assigning yourself to produce a certain work or set of works.
Such an act is often made in the form of a contract, though not always on paper..
A "Commision" would then encompass all works produced under such an agreement/arrangement."

This is most definitely a commision as the choice of subject is not the artist (YOU), but of the recipient (DAUGHTER).

If there has to be money changing hands (which I dispute), charge her a penny/cent :D

PS looking lovely cant wait to see #2 painted up ...

Laurie2
10-31-2005, 11:03 PM
Thankyou Domnic...I have meandered around and taken a peek at your cards...
Loved those lil Bluebonnet faces. :D
Your Christmas card is a beaut too :)

Update now for the Castle Coombe village #2 view...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2005/56900-COOMb2B.jpg

Yorky
11-01-2005, 03:33 AM
Coming on nicely, Laurie, although your photo/scan looks a little pale to me.

Have you tried calibrating your monitor?

Doug

Laurie2
11-01-2005, 05:44 AM
Coming on nicely, Laurie, although your photo/scan looks a little pale to me.

Doug

This is really a pale scanned version...just finding values so far...:)

When it is a little closer to a finish I will take photos...much better colours when photographed.. :)

scribblet
11-01-2005, 08:40 AM
Hi: I love your paintings. I actually have this picture and had a go at it a while ago, but messed it up something awful. Maybe I will try again. Looking forward to the rest of it. Do you do it wet on wet?

Kathy

[QUOTE=Laurie2]Thankyou Domnic...I have meandered around and taken a peek at your cards...
Loved those lil Bluebonnet faces. :D
Your Christmas card is a beaut too :)

Update now for the Castle Coombe village #2 view...

Laurie2
11-01-2005, 03:24 PM
Hi: I love your paintings. I actually have this picture and had a go at it a while ago, but messed it up something awful. Maybe I will try again. Looking forward to the rest of it. Do you do it wet on wet?

Kathy

Hi and Thank you Kathy...Do try it again...if my WIP helps in any way I will be pleased :)
Wet on Wet for background...a bit of dabbing here and there with a tissue.
Wet on wet for the water area plus I will probably use a little dab of Gum Arabic when I get to the water swirls.
Wet on Wet for the roadway and I threw on some rock salt...didn't work too well as I am impatient and it is slow to dry under the salt. :(
but it did leave a 'pile of soil' at the edges so I went with it..:)
The rest is wet on dry...
:wave:

scribblet
11-05-2005, 09:08 AM
I think I will definitely have another go, I have another one looking at the bridge. Its a beautiful quaint little town. I have some digital pics of Bosworth and Tintagel on a back up CD, have to dig them out too.


It got me going to search for the rest of British pics I took years ago, but I'll be darned if I can find them. I know I had lots of old buildings and villages. They were actual prints back then, didn't have a digital camera. Sigh....have to go through all the boxes in the basement again.

cheers

Laurie2
11-05-2005, 04:14 PM
I think I will definitely have another go, I have another one looking at the bridge. Its a beautiful quaint little town. I have some digital pics of Bosworth and Tintagel on a back up CD, have to dig them out too.


It got me going to search for the rest of British pics I took years ago, but I'll be darned if I can find them. I know I had lots of old buildings and villages. They were actual prints back then, didn't have a digital camera. Sigh....have to go through all the boxes in the basement again.

cheers

If you ever find those prints burn to CD please and I would gladly send Cost+ P&P to have a copy :D My own photo prints are never as good as I'd hoped they'd be.:(

scribblet
11-05-2005, 04:22 PM
I'll let you know if and when I find them, no problem mailing them. Probably won't be anytime soon though, have a lot of boxes to go through. (moved)
Kathy

Laurie2
11-05-2005, 04:32 PM
I'll let you know if and when I find them, no problem mailing them. Probably won't be anytime soon though, have a lot of boxes to go through. (moved)
Kathy



:cool: Grrrrrrreat! Thanks :)

Laurie2
11-20-2005, 01:24 AM
#2 Update... a digital photo...(time to pension off my scanner I fear)
The dreaded greens.... :(

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2005/56900-coombe4.jpg

Yorky
11-20-2005, 04:07 AM
Laurie, it still looks rather pale to me. Sounds as if you have your monitor gamma or brightness set too low. You can get a calibration image from www.photobox.co.uk to help you adjust it.

Is this more like it IRL?
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2005/1046-ACastleCombetempDSE.jpg

Doug

Laurie2
11-20-2005, 04:28 AM
Thanks Yorky...I have saved the calibration print to my HD...now...how do I use it to calibrate my scanner please.

Your image is too dark in the browns compared to IRL

Laurie2
11-20-2005, 04:39 AM
Ok...Calibrated and rescanned...how does this compare to previous image

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2005/56900-coombe5.jpg

It looks about right to me IRL

Yorky
11-20-2005, 04:40 AM
First of all adjust the monitor until the black is black and the white is white.

Often there is a built-in gamma adjustment where you can adjust each color individually. In Paintshop Pro (File/Preferences/Monitor Gamma) and I think Photoshop Elements there is a gamma adjustment to do this. Click on Help and it will explain how to do it. Basically it involves adjusting the red/green/blue until a patch of colour matches its background.

Just did mine again and found it was off a little :o

PS: It looks the same to me Laurie - too pale.

Doug

Laurie2
11-20-2005, 04:50 AM
OK...will have another go....You are talking about adjusting the Monitor itself?

Yorky
11-20-2005, 05:31 AM
Laurie, monitors usually have buttons on the front to access a menu with brightness and contrast settings. My laptop only has brightness controls and doesn't have contrast or colour adjustments, but in Control Panel there is an "Adobe Gamma" item which allows you to adjust the colour settings.

There are also settings in Paintshop pro for this. as described above.

Whatever you do will be a compromise, the photobox calibration image enables you to check the settings for the best results:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2005/1046-Calibration.jpg

Doug

Laurie2
11-20-2005, 06:30 PM
Thanks Yorky...when all else fails...consider the source...which I did...The painting itself lacked pigment...
I tried to rectify the situation and made a bit of a mess...I am never good at going back over stuff...sigh
I tried to add darks to the background trees using paynes gray and botched the job...What now?...sigh :( http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2005/56900-coombe6.jpg

Laurie2
11-25-2005, 12:36 AM
Finish of #2
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2005/56900-coombe7.jpg

Unless there are areas that need further attention...relying on your fresh eyes...:)

Yorky
11-25-2005, 03:13 AM
The shadow under the trees looks a little too solid. Laurie, perhaps lift some out?

Painting still looks pale on my monitor.

Doug

Laurie2
11-30-2005, 08:26 PM
The colours look better with the photograph ...any suggestions re: those background trees ?...Should I lift them and start over?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2005/56900-COOMBE8.jpg

Yorky
12-01-2005, 03:35 AM
See the ones on the right Laurie? They are a mixture of dark and light.

See if you can lighten some of the very dark part of the trees above the cottages.

Oh and the colours look fine now - not so washed out :clap:

Doug

Sonia
12-01-2005, 05:04 PM
Hi Laurie, you've really caught the feeling to this quaint Wiltshire village (not too many miles from where I live) with the road meandering down the hill. Not an easy view to interpret. In view 1, the second house from the left is called The Old Court House. I stood across the road and sketched it many years ago. It is a strange feeling to realise that someone half way round the world is painting almost on my doorstep, as it were!

Laurie2
12-01-2005, 05:49 PM
Thank you Yorky...working on those pesky trees this morning :)

Thanks Sonia...How lovely to hear from somebody who actually knows those places and has really recognised them in my pieces....Have a Good Day :)

Laurie2
12-02-2005, 04:18 AM
Reworked background trees....scanned so colour may not be as good...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Dec-2005/56900-COOMBE9.jpg

Time to move on to Castle Coombe View #3 :clap:

Yorky
12-02-2005, 04:35 AM
Much better Laurie :clap:

Sign it, frame it!

Doug

Laurie2
12-02-2005, 05:11 AM
Thanks Yorky....I am pleased with it now...:)

Laurie2
12-15-2005, 12:52 AM
and a last minute change of plan...daughter now requests that the third piece of her Trio be of part of the garden at Felbrigg Hall .

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2005/56900-HALLb.jpg

I think her Christmas gift is now finished and ready to be wrapped...what say you? :p

Yorky
12-15-2005, 03:21 AM
Nice work Laurie.

Doug

Laurie2
12-18-2005, 06:22 AM
Beginning on the 3rd Castle Coombe painting (no longer required but already on the board so will carry on with it).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Dec-2005/56900-COOM1A.jpg

Yorky
12-18-2005, 06:29 AM
Good start, Laurie - remember contrast;)

Doug

Laurie2
12-28-2005, 04:48 AM
Painting #3

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Dec-2005/56900-COOMB10b.jpg

Yorky
12-28-2005, 04:55 AM
Best yet Laurie - perfect! :clap:

Doug

Laurie2
12-28-2005, 05:00 AM
Thanks Yorky...:)...I see now I have forgotten to put the roses on the vine...LOL