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09-17-2007, 08:21 PM
It was raining all day today, so I quit working on "Meadowlark WIP" and painted this. It's from another photo I took a while back. It's on Strathmore 400 Series 140# CP, 5.5" x 8.5", and W&N and Blockx paints. I would like a critique and also any ideas on how to do convincing raindrops in watercolor. I hope this is the right forum.


09-17-2007, 11:38 PM
Oh your painting is wonderful and yes I can see it is raining. Terrific!!!

Rain itself maybe should be painted as a suggestion. there is a great demo for rain drops like on plants HERE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/printthread.php?threadid=123748)
And HERE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Watercolors/RodWebb/Raindrops/)

Have a look in the Learning Demo's. Scroll on down to Skies (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291955)

Also have a look at Seedy's threads, he paints some pretty awesome rainy/stormy skies..:)

Cheers JJ

09-18-2007, 06:52 AM
Hi BrushJockey,
Welcome to the Watercolor Forum. Your poor little watersoaked bird is very nice. He looks a little unhappy getting wet.

What kind of bird is he? I'm not sure which yellow you used but it seems very bright, especially on a rainy day.

JJ's pointed you to some very helpful threads for learning about rain. The only thought I had was that some of those rain drop lines might go across the bird's body as well as all around it.


09-18-2007, 03:40 PM
Thank you both for your comments. The bird is another Meadowlark, and you're right, the yellow is a little bright. The rain drops do go across the body, they're harder to see on this scan. I did go back with a little Chinese White over the raindrops, but again it's hard to see on the scan. Here is the (maybe, almost, probably go back and do more..) finished and the original. Thanks again for the advice.

09-18-2007, 05:24 PM
I love the reference photo and the way his foot is curved around the top. If you have Quinacridone Gold, it would be closer to the yellow color in the photo. I like the way you painted his eye better than the photo.

I can see the form of the raindrops better in this scan. They look good.

Well done.