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Old 12-30-2018, 06:49 PM
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First WC painting

This experience made me feel like I'd never painted before. Ugh. Washes, blending, mistakes, etc...it was hard to pull from any previous acrylics experience (although that's only two years).

I overworked much of this trying to make it right. Mistake! Would have been better off living with initial brush strokes...case in point: far trees on right side.

Day three was better than day one...C&C most welcome.

It's 8x10 on 140# paper (Canson). "Simply Art" WC tubes - gifted to me to give WC a whirl.

Sorry about the horrible lighting and shadows from my hand in the photo. I usually take pics during the afternoon, but worked on this late in the day.

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Old 12-31-2018, 12:50 AM
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that is a really difficult subject for a first wc! you did very well, there's like a staccato of rhythms from dark next to light next to dark. it has a graphic quality and keeps the eye moving. my first wc was a month ago, one of the biggest surprises was how eager and quick the water is in playfully teaching, if you let it.
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Re: First WC painting

I think your previous painting experience definitely shows here. You've got a nice composition, with a nice value pattern and obvious light. Don't be too hard on yourself! That's huge! Esp. for day 3. I'm on about day 3,000 and I don't always manage that.

When you are ready, I might suggest trying painting the same subject on a paper with more texture. Although many papers are labeled as cold press (NOT in the UK), they vary from very little texture like some of the Canson student papers to nearly rough like some of the handmade rag papers. This looks like a pretty smooth paper, and that makes it more challenging to get a nice looking wash.

Arches cold press has a good texture, Fabriano as well. The surface texture helps the pigments in the washes "break up" or "settle" into the little nooks and crannies and also helps the white light of the paper to sparkle through.

I do think you're understanding the basic idea of painting in shapes and values. That part works the same regardless of medium.

Keep going!
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Re: First WC painting

Thanks. I think more than anything, I need to slow down and practice patience!

I watch the experts on YouTube and need to remind myself that they make it look easy because they have thousands of hours behind their decisions.

After a few more experiments, I'll pick up some better paper.
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I watch the experts on YouTube and need to remind myself that they make it look easy because they have thousands of hours behind their decisions.

That is a very astute observation. This year I took a workshop from a great painter named Joseph Stoddard. It was the first time I'd seen a professional paint in real life. I was amazed at how quickly he worked. Most of his time was spent on modifying the reference and planning the composition. His pencil sketch took about 2 minutes (for a half sheet of paper - he just marked off the biggest shapes), and then the paint went down so fast that I wanted to press pause and rewind to watch it again. Of course, after the wash went down, it was the seemingly endless wait for it to dry. But during that time, we did Q & A and he helped us with our paintings. If you have a chance to take a workshop with a local painter, it will be so enlightening. Wait until you find someone whose work you really like and whose style you want to emulate or incorporate into your own painting. It's worth it. It took me a long time to find a teacher I wanted to study with. I'm very glad I waited.
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Re: First WC painting

Don't be so hard on yourself. The only thing that looks overworked is the large green/black tree on the right.
You might want to try this: Take a clean, wet brush (use clean water) and lift some of the dark at the top of the tree leaving some dark at the bottom. Repeat until you you've lifted some of the color from the tree. Now make sure the whole tree is still wet and drop in some of the green you used in the foreground. You might also drop in some of the light castle color. Let the colors mix on their own. The more you fiddle with watercolor, the more over-worked it becomes.
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Jan - it's been weeks. Will the color still lift and perform this way? Thomas
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Jan - it's been weeks. Will the color still lift and perform this way? Thomas

Never mind...just answered my own question.
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Re: First WC painting

Thomas,

This is a complex composition to try as your first watercolor painting and you've done a nice job with it even if you aren't satisfied.

One of my painting tablemates in watercolor class also switched from acrylics to watercolors. Last year he kept saying "this is easier to fix with acrylics" whenever he had something in his painting that he wasn't happy with. He persisted though and this year I haven't heard him say that once, probably because his watercolors are turning out so beautifully. Persistence and patience, both necessary with watercolors.

You might pick up a sheet of Arches or other artist graded paper to work on. You can tear it or cut it into smaller pieces to practice on (and you can even use the back of a painting you aren't happy with).

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Re: First WC painting

One of the hardest things for me to learn when switching from acrylic to watercolor was layering. Watercolors really show their best when you layer, layer, layer. I recommend investing in a heat tool or hair dryer if you are impatient.
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Thomas,

This is a complex composition to try as your first watercolor painting and you've done a nice job with it even if you aren't satisfied.

One of my painting tablemates in watercolor class also switched from acrylics to watercolors. Last year he kept saying "this is easier to fix with acrylics" whenever he had something in his painting that he wasn't happy with. He persisted though and this year I haven't heard him say that once, probably because his watercolors are turning out so beautifully. Persistence and patience, both necessary with watercolors.

You might pick up a sheet of Arches or other artist graded paper to work on. You can tear it or cut it into smaller pieces to practice on (and you can even use the back of a painting you aren't happy with).

Sylvia


Sylvia - yes indeed. I've been painting on all sorts of remnants, scraps, and backs. Anything for practice.


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One of the hardest things for me to learn when switching from acrylic to watercolor was layering. Watercolors really show their best when you layer, layer, layer. I recommend investing in a heat tool or hair dryer if you are impatient.


I was looking on-line last night. I have an old one (very) that may not be good for very long. The other thing I now know I need to do is to stretch my paper...that simply taping it down isn't enough.

I followed a video where I taped it, wet it, and blew it dry. It's now un-warped! Amazing.

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Very good results considering the shift from acrylics. Great colours!
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