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catjoe
02-08-2002, 08:06 PM
I painted this picture years ago when I had just begun to learn watercolor painting. For years when I drove down a stretch of highway near my home I would see only the steeple of this church through a woods in the distance. It always reminded me of the old gospel song, "Church in the Wildwood". Finally, I gave into the temptation and drove around on the back country roads surrounding the highway to find it. I took a picture and then did the watercolor as one of my first attempts in the medium. Now, I'd like to do it again, but I am so stuck in doing things as they appear... a rut I have to climb out of as soon as possible. I would love to have your suggestions on ways I can liven it up, things I could add and change. I am posting the photo I worked from underneath this post. Thanks!
PS The scan of the watercolor really darkened the true color of the watercolor, in real life it is brighter.

catjoe
02-08-2002, 08:07 PM
Here is the reference photo I used.

Rose Queen
02-08-2002, 08:18 PM
I think your photo has a lot of clues for you, catjoe. That blue roof, those purple shadows, the bright sunlight grazing the back roofline. Don't forget to put some red in the foliage, too.



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wilkinsonart
02-08-2002, 10:36 PM
I agree that playing up the mauve/purple tones in the shadows against the yellow leaves and dashes of yellow in the grass [ contrasting colours] could add a little spice to the mix. I am sure with all the experience under your belt you have figured out what is required for the next version.

Lise
02-09-2002, 06:21 AM
Hi Catjoe. There are hints of some lovely fresh complementary colors in the photo. The composition is fine. Wet-in-wet may be the way to go. Looking forward to seeing the next version.