View Full Version : Idle Autumn Idol : WIP.... or EIP ?

11-05-2007, 01:02 PM
Every painting I start I feel is not so much a WIP as an EIP... Experiment in progress !!!

I am offering more steps than I'm sure you want to see ... including my amazing new discovery ....!!!

OK so we're off....

original Photo.... from my garden

Photo tweaked for colour but more importantly, composition....


Set up with Fabriano ex white.... 6 x 8 on a piece of ply . As usula now masked with a 1/4 inch all around to allow for readjustment in framing..... hit on idea of using rubber bands rathr than pencil marks that need rubbin out, to indicate the orinal true framing area.... this is important as a discovery .. see later :D



Put first light layer onto some dampened , some dry paper ... to set basis of colour crude indications only . End of brush used on damp paper to indicate legs and finger lines


Now it gets embarassing >>>>>> and creative :D.......

11-05-2007, 01:09 PM
... at this point I discovered the piece of ply was VERY crooked at the bottom.... and so , inevitably was the drawing!!!!!

Rubber bands to the rescue... I used them to 'reframe ' the working area ( clever , eh ? :lol:)


then readjusted the masking tape, softened the original hard masked edges... and continued painting.... defining the structural elements more clearly and adding some quin gold zing where gold leaves were in original and have been added in revamp pic


and that's where I'm at right now :)

Laura D
11-06-2007, 06:05 AM
Wow! Great innovation. And EZ. I love those zinging ideas out of nowhere. Like my brush-drying holder... 5 paper clips and a rubber band hanging on my light. Good for you.

I just love your garden! This is shaping up really nicely. Reserving this seat in the front row!

11-06-2007, 06:22 AM
Aren't you the clever lass to use rubber bands this way. ;)

I think this is a very interesting composition with the little statue and the rusty augers amidst the autumn leaves.

I'll sit next to Laura up front.


11-06-2007, 07:33 AM
This is going to be great. Thanks for the rubber band tip! :thumbsup:


Doug Gulley
11-06-2007, 09:05 AM
Very nice and interesting I'll be up front with the ladies. Aren't Rubber Bands amazing?


11-06-2007, 09:14 AM
Laura, Sylvia and Carl.. thanks for calling :) You wont have to sit for long :D

Last night I carried on layering and made my second BAD mistake... becsue Im a lazy B.. i dont test colours before using them... and mixed the most 'orrible green imaginable !!!


But as I planned to darken the LH side I ploughed on .... and on ... and on...

.... and the more I carried on the worse it looked.......

it was turning into a disaster......certainly wasnt goin to take photos !! guess I should have done but couldn't stop fiddling long enough !!! and too embarrassed... thought of asking Doug or Char to delete the thread as if it had never happened..... since it had already had 40 visitors with ne'er a kind word to say :lol::lol:

Anyhow....I poughed on .. and on... more layers, more mud more 'lifing' ( not scrubbing :D) till too tired at 3.00am.....

but was back trying to rescue it at 6.00am

An awful lot of glazes later... I have ground to a halt.....at a point at which I think it works.....

......... its another of my ... 'doesnt look like a watercolour' watercolours.....

except I couldn't have reached this point ( wherever that is :D) in any other medium!!!

Oh ... you want to see it ???

OK :lol:


I guess I'll post it in the gallery after all :) DO please pop over there and comment :) Thanks :angel:

11-06-2007, 11:33 AM
Jaytee - If I hadn't read this thread I would never have known all the problems that you had with it. Nice save and great painting. I don't see any sign of mud at all.

11-06-2007, 01:31 PM
I can tell you that I was one of your non-commenting onlookers... In a hurry this morning, I never expected that you would work so quickly!!! :eek: I had every intention (if good intentions were roads, they'd be paved in gold) of commenting when I returned from IBK's vet appointment...

So... here I am now... and I'm going to copy this message into your Gallery posting, too!! :lol:

I don't know HOW you do this... and I've seen a lot of your wips... but, Janet, this looks like pastel... it's positively gorgeous... I love the little statue's light... the background auger is soft, but I know it's there and your colour is beautifully saturated...

I laughed about your rubber bands... only you would come up with such an ingenious solution... :)

11-06-2007, 02:59 PM
Wonderful idea with the rubberbands JT! Who would've thought????? huh...

This finished up great and I agree with Char about it looking like pastel. That is a cute little statue and I really like the way you handled your auger. I think the BG is good too.

11-10-2007, 02:24 PM
This is amazing.
Love the composition.
The pallette works great here.
The texture and depth are done really well.
Thanks for the WIP

Laura D
11-10-2007, 02:42 PM
Oh my goodness, look what's happened while I've not been getting email notifications! I know what you go through with impatience and slogging on. In this case it was worth it.

It may not be what you envisioned but it works! the pastel quality is definately strong. You could entitle it Pastels with Watercolor! Way to go.