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Old 01-03-2019, 05:16 PM
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A sketch -

I did this today as a learning project. I struggled with color mixing, brush control, and foliage. Some of it's a lack of skill, but much is a lack of patience. I did let areas dry, but I didn't spend a lot if time thinking two steps ahead (which I think you have to do in WC.)

My trees are still weak. I used a round on its side with a rather dry mix - sort of rolling it - but made it muddier the more I tried to tweak it. Lesson: know when to stop!

I need to decide how precise I want my lines and shapes to be - I like the looseness of it, but am I rationalizing laziness? In some cases, I know the answer and will get better (the porch).

The lines on the siding are pencil..

Other thoughts? It's a sketch. It took me about four hours - on 8x10 140# cheap paper with big box store paints that'll have to be replaced quite soon.

My intent long term is to use WC for plein air work vs. acrylics.

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Re: A sketch -

You're doing OK.

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Re: A sketch -

I really, really like this and you've done well with your student grade materials. I like your dry brush work on the trees. I think you could go darker on your shadows under the eves -- indigo or even purple will give you nice contrast.
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Re: A sketch -

Thank you, again!
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Re: A sketch -

I agree with Kate. This a real nicely done scene. Just needs some improvement under the eaves.
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Nice use of dry-brush.
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Re: A sketch -

Hello Thomas.

I like your work on this sketch. The drawing seems accurate, perhaps "too accurate" for a sketch . The shadows could be more elaborated to give a better contrast and relief to the image. I think you need some more yellow tones as everything turns rather cold. This will make the entire image more vivid. Furthermore you could differentiate of the upper and lower part of the image (the sky and the earth), as the house seems to be "suspended".

Quality colors and paper give better result, of course. Last month I did test some cheap "childish" colors in small pots, marked "watercolors". They were rather weak. Worse, they didn't mix well giving sometimes an almost muddy look that lacked transparency. I tried to make mixes on paper with rather poor results. I left them dry on the palette but couldn't hydrate them well next day or the day after. I can't understand if it is watercolor or any gouache-type material. Student grade colors are much better, for sure.
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Re: A sketch -

Doesn't look like you were struggling. I really like the house. The only part that seems a bit over worked is the fence. It's also a bit too dark that it traps the eye from moving forward into the painting.
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Sara,

Thanks! Not a fence but a hedge.

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Re: A sketch -

I thought the trees were pretty nice as a backdrop. I am just getting started using watercolors again, so no useful advice from me. Like your self I hope to watercolor mixed with gouache for plein air. I will be interested to see how it progresses for you. Gary
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