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Deborah Secor
09-15-2008, 06:11 PM
This is a demo to show my students how to do rocks on a textured paper. I used Somerset Black Velvet, 11x14" in size.


I'm trying to show them some of the 'rules' about painting rocks, too, like planes and colors and values. I also designed it so that there are spokes of a 'wagon wheel' all leading your eye to the middle rock character.

I found this photo in our RIL and loved it. There were two sparrows in the pic, and sometime if I paint it on Wallis I may add a bird. I think it's fun to see how the texture of this and other papers can work for you.

Comments welcome, as always.


09-15-2008, 06:36 PM
I'm more encantada with the way you handled the translucent water. Nice job.

09-15-2008, 06:48 PM
Love the rocks and texture and the middle rock character, but the GREEN! The water is so fun! I know it's mossiness underneath the clear water but the chartreusey kelly green really pops this demo of rocks.

Deborah Secor
09-15-2008, 06:59 PM
Oh, thanks, Sonni. Reflections are so much fun to paint and I really got into that translucent area. Let's face it, the rocks are definitely the background to the water.

Well, you know me, Cindy...I've never been fearful of color! I don't get a lot of green around here and I like to play with it. :p Thanks! Green always jazzes up rocks.


09-15-2008, 07:21 PM
I love your use of colors. Thanks for the demo.


Deborah Secor
09-15-2008, 07:39 PM
Glad you like it, Michele!


09-15-2008, 08:20 PM
Gorgeous as all of your paintings Deborah!

Deborah Secor
09-15-2008, 08:24 PM
Thank you, Linn. :D That's so nice to hear...


09-15-2008, 08:26 PM
Gorgeous as all of your paintings Deborah!

09-15-2008, 10:32 PM
WOW, just LOVE that water, and the colours and textures in the rocks are a sight to behold. :clap: :clap:

Val. :wave:

Deborah Secor
09-15-2008, 10:53 PM
Thanks, Val!


09-15-2008, 10:55 PM
This is such an unusual and facinating painting. What a great close up painting of the rocks and water. I love that it is large enough to see how you "create" the rocks with the different colors. Also, the way you have handled the algae/moss and water, along with the reflections.

Thanks for sharing, especially for those of us that are baffled as to how to do rocks!


09-15-2008, 11:22 PM
Love the rocks, but the water is awesome! Love your colors too.

Deborah Secor
09-16-2008, 08:03 AM
Geri, thanks... I love painting rocks. The 'secret', if you will, is to use a photo with good strong light and shadows, to search out the planes--light, dark, and medium--as well as thinking of colors not as just gray, but multiple layers of colors, with the textures added last.

Thank you, Debbie. :D


Winny Kerr
09-17-2008, 08:35 PM
It is so inspiring to see what you do... I would never have thought to use that green. Everything you do is so filled with color, something I need to learn.

09-17-2008, 09:05 PM
Great job, Deborah, and I especially like the moss. I received "The Pastel Journal" today and thoroughly enjoyed your article.


09-18-2008, 01:15 AM
wonderful Deborah, Your students are very lucky

09-18-2008, 03:53 AM
Deborah, you used fearlessly but wonderful colors. The rocks are very well done. But one thing irritates me a little bit. The front stone lokes like not standing in the water. (Waves round the stone?)
Excuse me, but in my impression the green water primarily in the foreground lokes not like streaming water for me.

Deborah Secor
09-18-2008, 08:20 AM
Rudi, thanks mentioning that. My son said the same thing! I'll look at it further and see what I can do...


09-18-2008, 12:59 PM
Hi Deborah, thank you so much for sharing the demo, I do want to try doing rocks myself, this may help.

And I love that you welcomed Rudi's observations. I person of your painting stature and yet you are open to learning like everyone else, thanks for that too!

I hope you show us a Wallis version in the near future, I will watch for it!

09-18-2008, 05:10 PM
Deborah, I've got to agree with some of the others - the rocks are great, but that water is to die for. I love the colors that you used and the translucence of the water as its going over the rocks. Fantastic! Great job!

09-18-2008, 05:25 PM
lovely, cool and refreshing :) :clap:

Deborah Secor
09-19-2008, 07:50 AM
Thanks so much to all of you. There's always more to learn, isn't there? Once I heard Albert Handell say, "There's no 'z' in this art alphabet." That's one of the things I love about art!


09-19-2008, 10:34 AM
Gorgeous green 'goo'. Grayed pinkish in the rocks, and vivid green in the water, seems to me there is a complementary thought there. (I *almost* typed 'compli...', accidentally. :-) The backmost pool is gorgeous! And this is just a quck demo? Wow!!!!