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01-20-2008, 10:22 PM
Hi folks, started this yesterday, made a few mistakes and trying to rectify them.top of the river was too high didnt look right, so lowering it made the bridge very high, which I think is ok. had to change the way the rocks lead due to the placing of the tree, oh boy. Anyway, arches 140,7x10,cotman, davinci, ultra&cobblue,brt&rwsien,hookgreen,cadred,cadyell,somepaygrey. I'll put a fisherman just below the tree on the right, Any suggestions appreciated, James J.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2008/87072-bevriver.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2008/87072-Beaver_riv.jpg

Brian Barnes
01-21-2008, 12:13 AM
The ref photo shows a very overcast day which is difficult to work with. Your painting seems to be brightening it up :) ..... so to continue will require deeper darks and a bit of invention to make your light areas seem lighter.

Here's where I'd go with it. Hope you don't mind the manip.



01-21-2008, 10:30 AM
Thanks Brian , it was an overcast day and cold thats why photo is from the car. Will go after those darks.
James J.

01-22-2008, 11:17 AM
Hi, I think I'm finished on this one, dont know how to move it, Went with more darks and added the fishermen. c&c ?????? James J.

01-22-2008, 12:00 PM
You've done an awesome job with this. You may want to consider a bit of reflection under the bridge using some of the brown color of the bridge. The more you darken the left bank will also help set that farther back.

01-23-2008, 08:21 AM
You did a terrific job with this rather uninspiring reference. It is perfectly fine to move elements in a photo—it's your painting and the photo is just there as a "starter" more or less.

I like the added darks; Larry is right, you could use a few more touches of dark under the bridge and along the rocks lining the river. Nice job on finishing off the lower right corner also. Glad you didn't just add a gray tone there to represent the road.

When you have finished your painting to your satisfaction, you open a new thread in the Watercolor Gallery and show just the finished painting. You can add a link to this thread in your write up if you like (see how to do that in the Newbies link in my signature line).


01-23-2008, 08:24 AM
Thanks Larry, do you mean the bank just at the bridge or from the fisherman to the bridge. I show the shadow of the bridge on the left and started to show on the right but forgot about it, oops. James J.

01-23-2008, 08:26 AM
Thanks Sylvia.

01-23-2008, 10:50 AM
Great finish!! You've made it a darker day and you did a fantastic job!

01-23-2008, 02:01 PM
Thanks folks, I've posted it to the gallery