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12-09-2009, 07:47 PM
This is an acrylic on 300 lb paper 14 X 18" from a photograph I took recently on a quite little path near home. It looked like a "nothing" subject but I ended up really liking it after all. Hope you do too:
12-09-2009, 09:09 PM
The watercolor effect you achieved with acrylics is wonderful. I really like your perspective as well. Very nice!
12-09-2009, 09:21 PM
Sooo soothing and beautifully rendered! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
12-09-2009, 09:42 PM
Really like this one! Well done.
12-10-2009, 12:30 AM
Nice job - like the subject too!
12-10-2009, 01:10 AM
Wonderful!! Totally agree with what Dee has said re: watercolor effect. Acrylic is so amazingly versatile on this aspect, the ability to easily have glazed layers as well as opaque passages.
12-10-2009, 01:43 AM
Very, very nice. It sure does look like a watercolour.
12-10-2009, 02:50 AM
Beautiful work and colours.
12-10-2009, 09:27 AM
12-10-2009, 11:00 AM
Lovely! Sometimes these "nothing" subjects are the best ones.
12-10-2009, 12:37 PM
Thanks everyone. I enjoy working the acrylics this way - it has taken a bit of practice to get the clarity and transparency working but the results are different and great fun to do
12-10-2009, 07:47 PM
Beautifully done. I really like it, too. It's a fine example of acrylics used in a watercolor style. The colors are subtle and the entire painting has a soothing quality.
12-11-2009, 01:21 PM
I really like it too Marilyn!
The colours are beautiful and the negative work is very well done .... I'd have this on my wall!!! :D
12-11-2009, 02:50 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Absolutely WONDERFUL negative painting! WOW....it's not easy to paint that way. Just a soothing palette too.:thumbsup:
12-11-2009, 04:00 PM
Beverly, Maureen and Darla - thanks so much for your positive responses!
12-11-2009, 05:16 PM
very good work!
12-12-2009, 06:09 PM
Very nice. I agree with all the comments, awesome style!
12-21-2009, 06:03 PM
Marilyn..this is truly a work of art! The birches are absolutely beautiful! Soft but startling! I just love everything!
12-21-2009, 06:37 PM
Love the soft transitions you have between the layers of colors - Wonderful painting! :clap:
12-21-2009, 07:41 PM
How do you achieve that watercolor effect? It is beautiful. Kay
12-21-2009, 09:23 PM
This is stunning work!!!
12-21-2009, 09:27 PM
Wonderful work - luv the softness of the piece and the tree bark looks so very real - Masterfully done! They look very much like Aspens - are Cottonwoods of the same family?
12-21-2009, 11:24 PM
Excellent. I like how the background is absent from detail but as you move forward the detail increases--good depth. Did you use any liquid mask technique on some of the foliage? Looks like they could be some birch too.
12-22-2009, 07:58 AM
I like this a lot, but I think that is an Aspen tree not a cottonwood.
12-22-2009, 09:49 AM
That's what I thought kennychaffin. We have both aspens and cottonwoods here in Santa Fe and I paint aspens all the time. Birch-Aspen-Cottonwood-Maple-Oak neither here nor there I guess as it is a Masterful excecution of a painting.
01-01-2010, 03:17 PM
Oh man, I once mistitled an African violet painting by calling it a begonia, so it doesn't surprise me that these might be birch trees after all. The title (for obvious reasons) is actually "Winter Sun".
The watercolor effect begins by working on wet paper and gets more difficult and complicated as you keep going.
No, I didn't use a fluid masking agent on this one. Either I carefully painted around the white areas or, if that wasn't entirely successful, used Titanium White to get them back. I tried not to make it obvious...
Thank you all for your positive appreciation for this piece. Happy New Year to you all with my wishes for many wonderful paintings in this new year.
part time artist
01-01-2010, 04:45 PM
that is such a beautiful painting marilyn. your delicate washes of acrylics create such a calm and peaceful atmosphere
01-01-2010, 05:15 PM
01-07-2010, 02:30 PM
Thanks very much Part Time and Susan. I still find it astonishing that we are halfway around the world and yet in contact with each other. Amazing!
01-07-2010, 02:48 PM
Wow! That's really quite lovely. The negative painting really adds to it.
Very nice work. :)
01-08-2010, 04:50 AM
Wow! Love it, love it, love it!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: The colours are beautiful and light, yet evoke such a calm sense. I could look at this for hours!
01-17-2010, 11:01 PM
Thanks, Ryaha and Cookie - much appreciated
01-18-2010, 06:23 AM
Nice sense of time and place. A very charming work.
01-18-2010, 10:03 AM
The first thing that came to my mind is 'could this be water color ' Others have already expressed in similar way. Requires several layers and glazes .
Thanks for sharing
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