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Old 05-05-2012, 07:27 PM
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Door in Sunshine

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Title: Door in Sunshine
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Door and planters from a reference book.

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Would like some input on brushwork and blending, specifically in reference to shadow.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:37 AM
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Re: Door in Sunshine

Nice composition and I notice only that you've made a small error in drafting the door. It seems to tilt to the left a bit. Otherwise, doesn't the painting look wispy and unfinished? Well, that's the problem: it's an underpainting now, it just need more layers. Notice that the red flowers are single "smudges" and the green around them one thin layer. The branches are a single thin layer of brown. The door has some nuance in different blue hues which is good but the darks are just black lines. You did ask about shadow treatment and you've handled that well IMO as you haven't made it dark/black which is the most common error. OK, so I argue you need more layers. Here's a illustration.


See how the artist has created a fuller look just because he's kept at it. There's nice balance between the hedge, which is gesturally treated and the door which gets more detail. This artist probably had an underpainting like yours and added more nuance and rubbed out some lines with a scrubber brush.
If you're an insane master, you can end up with a watercolor like this.

It sold for $260,000. The vast, vast majority of us artists will never approach work like this, especially with watercolor, but it's nice to see how far an expert can take it.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:07 AM
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Re: Door in Sunshine

So going forward, could you suggest 3 things to work on in this painting?

I think the tilt is a function of handed-ness hahaha
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:16 PM
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Re: Door in Sunshine

Find another door, do another painting
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:19 PM
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Re: Door in Sunshine

I would add more detail and depth, as in tgs's example.

tgs: Who is the painter of the door along the waterway? tia
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Re: Door in Sunshine

i think you could play with your work, even use it for trying different effects. I know it's difficult to change watercolour, but it can be done to a certain extent.I would build it up as suggested with more detail in the flowers, add more interest to the door with shadows but not using black, try to straighten the door even if you need to hide it somewhat with vines or something to do so. If it were mine, i would add some vines hanging down a bit from the top, not have it so neatly outlined, i would not have the roundness of the shrub on the left, i would add more variation in colour, shadow and detail in some of the stone wall and I would change the doorknob from being exactly the same as the door. I would do something a little more with the plant pots to make them more interesting and perhaps not have the bottom of the door so close to the floor.... perhaps a little shadow under the door would work??? These are just my personal opinions, others may not be in agreement. it is a lovely underpainting and could be developed into a beautiful country cottage type scene. The colours and the idea are delightful. I would keep working on it if it were mine. Cheers. Debs. =))
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:53 AM
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p.s. Go for it, you have nothing to lose!!!! =))
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Re: Door in Sunshine

I'm not a water color paintier, but I'm sure that you can get more body into the paints. You have a good wash to start. Now build it up with some paint on your brush to bring out contrast and form. Give it a try. You can always do another.
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:06 PM
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Re: Door in Sunshine

1) my biggest complaint is you lost track of your source of light. Your door is strongly lit from the right, but the bush is lit from the left.
2) put more thickness in the bricks around the door. The wall looks really thin.
3) build up your dark colors in layers of complementary colors. This is best done on good quality watercolor paper and a lot of patience.

you said three things, so I will stop there.
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