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Old 03-01-2013, 06:17 AM
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

I wanted to paint a lot wet in water, but then I found out I was washing away the parts that had dried already. So I had to do a lot more dry painting then I expected to do. Maybe the paper wasn't good enough. I used HP paper from a Dutch company, because I'm Dutch myself.



Here it is. The next thing I will buy is an other brand of paper. I'm thinking about Canson Fontenay. Has anyone experience with this paper?
By the way, I'm rather curious what you people think of my effort. I feel it lacks some, maybe a lot spontaneity. Please let me know.
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It looks good to me. I don't like hot pressed paper, preferring to use rough.

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I love it! You captured the form of the petals so well with their light and shadows and I love the leaves and the different colors in the background.
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Caryl, thanks for sharing your palette - I was struggling with using blues vs. winsor violet for the shadows. Your shadows look so fresh! Mine were looking muddy, so I'm going to try the violet on the flower I'm working on now.

Char- Simply sublime! You painted what I've tried to...deliberate but intuitive strokes, fresh color, and definitive shadow. I'd love to hear more about your approach and process!

Welcom W. Walrus! Great job on the flower and background- I particularly like the translucency you captured in bits of the lower petals. Your leaves look so good with the reflective shine. Great job!
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:59 AM
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

W. Walrus -- I really like the way you captured the curvature of the petals and the highlights on the background leaves.

Gaby -- Good "eye" -- yours, not the one you spied in my painting (LOL). On taking a second look I also notice that area looks more like a petal shape with lots of curves instead of a hint of a leaf I was intending. Am fixing it up.

Now on to the next challenge!
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Art. Any time, just ask. My stuff isn't a secret.

Welcome walrus! It's lovely. Light and wrinkly, just like a real petal.
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So many beautiful submissions for February. Have enjoyed seeing everyone's interpretation. Nancy

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Wet Walrus - I had another look at your artwork. I really love how you handled the flower. It has depth, and I "see" it turning at an angle away from me, the viewer. What really fascinated me are your definitive and hard edged shadows and contouring color strokes. The edges are "hard", but due to the slight value changes, it works beautifully, and expertly! The background leaves do need more color, temp, and value changes. Sometimes the background is the most difficult part of the work, which I found out first hand today. (post and submission to come.)
Nancy - Your flower has such beautiful color and soft hues/value changes. The form and modeling of the hibiscus was so well done!

I enjoyed seeing your works, and all the others submitted. Everyone did admirably...this was a challenging project!
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HIBISCUS #2 SUBMISSION-
I tried to paint the flower within 30-40 minutes, and challenge myself just to make one or two passes of the brush, and not overwork it. At first I was successful. Then, I decided to try to paint a background, with overlapping foliage and other interesting artifacts painted directly (as well as negative painting) to give it some depth. What a chore!!! It took me several frustrating hours today. Not only that, I broke my challenge not to touch the flower again, but I did...and overworked it. Yikes...Does anyone know of a good demo or video for watercolor floral backgrounds?

I'm not happy with it, but will post it anyway...failures are a good learning/teaching experience as well. Ps - Does anyone know why my uploads don't come out as sharp as other's? I'm resizing it to under 800 x 800 pixels,which really blurs it.
Any advice, C and C totally welcomed and appreciated!
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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Two more beautiful Hibiscus

Beautiful soft colours Nancy.

Lovely modelling of the petals Artcat.

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Re: February 2013 Watercolor Challenge - Hibiscus

Artcat, I would like my failures to look so great!!! Wonderful painting!!!!
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Gaby -- Good "eye" -- yours, not the one you spied in my painting (LOL). On taking a second look I also notice that area looks more like a petal shape with lots of curves instead of a hint of a leaf I was intending. Am fixing it up.

Now on to the next challenge!
Lee

hi Lee,
just to clarify: my eye-line was not meant to be critique... on my monitor it really kept my eye, because it seemed to observe me
just wanted to mention that

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Char, your work inspires me! Wonderful!
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Here is my version. The red hibiscus is similar to the flower of Puerto Rico called "flor de maga." Therefore, I took some artistic license and added a little coqui frog on the flower. The coqui frog can only be found in Puerto Rico. It makes a sound just like it's name: "Coqui, coqui. "It is a symbol of our culture. Myth has it that it will not survive anywhere else in the world. However, it is now considered a plague in Hawaii How sad because I would give anything to hear that sound again...
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Lovely story Michelle, love the liitle frog.

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