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Old 03-02-2018, 12:32 PM
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Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Type of Watercolor Paint: W&N, Daniel Smith, white gouache
Type of Paper: 180 g Arches
The Size: 1/2 sheet, 30cmx40cm
Reference: Nita Engle book

Someone here started writing about the painter Nita Engle, which made me curious and I ordered her book.
It is a total different approach, starting with chaos, free floating color and water all wet in wet and then trying to create something out of this.
She writes that she is doing a lot of lifting, but somehow her techniques (e.g. electric eraser) did not work for me at all. And then I got the feeling I was working myself right through the paper with this lifting approach (and Arches paper takes a lot), so I abandoned the idea of not using white gouache at all.

The first chaotic stage


Finished painting


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Old 03-02-2018, 12:49 PM
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Oh-Oh, I think I'm in trouble, even the Chaotic stage make sense to me. I really like your finished version, very nice work.
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Interesting technique with wonderful results. I also love them both!
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Wow! Nice transformation. An interesting technique.
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Interesting technique and not one I could use as I am too goal oriented so i need to have a finished product in mind when I start. You, however, have done a great job in converting the chaos into a nice painting. Who cares about the gouache....in the end it's all just colored water!
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Esther, Esther, Esther - these are both brilliant! I really can't choose one over the other
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Beautiful work, Esther!

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Fantastic!
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)a

A wild and perilous scene Esther and it comes across well in your painting. Particularly like the top more distant half. Think a few more hard edges to the foreground rocks would increase the impact on the viewer.

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Superb painting. Waves are so well done!
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

I like the bottom one. I think White gouache is a necessary part of watercolor unless your just sticking by some silly rule.
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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Thank you very much for looking and commenting, Greg, Kate, Frank, Atlee, CaliAnn, Mark, Scott, Mike, Jan, Joe.

Mike, thank you for you suggestion. I really appreciate it and will see where to put in some more sharp edges best.

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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

The presentation of the water is great -
really fresh and clear by motif 2!

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Re: Wild sea (Nita Engle excercise)

Love the second one, Esther, wonderful movement and colour! A great achievement!!
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Wonderful watercolor and water effect!
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