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Old 06-22-2019, 10:20 AM
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"Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)







The Artist Magazine June issue has an interesting article by Carol Baker entitled 'Interesting Foregrounds' which caught my eye. Normally I'll just take ideas and store them mentally but decided to leap right in on this one.

So, condensed down...

Stage 1 - thick gel paste pallete knived on to strandy peaks.
Stage 2 - scrubble in some background colour
Stage 3 - highlight the ridges of the peaks to form stalks
Stage 4 - splatter the flowers

The article has some extra steps and goes into greater depth.

My result, like 90% of the painting I do.... not happy!

Lessons learnt...

Stop applying so many thick layers over each other and glaze lighter otherwise..... mud!!!!

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Old 06-22-2019, 10:32 AM
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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

And in the minutes since posting that I have scrubbed in son white into the meeting of the hills and far end of the meadow and splattered a little black into the background of the meadow to impart a little more depth. A slight improvement.
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:26 PM
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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

Haven't read that issue yet but the idea is interesting!

Lol Mark, glazes are meant to be thin!
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:38 PM
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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

Yup! What I said, probably didn't phrase it correctly.
I am also doing a copy of "Girl with A Pearl Earring" by building up glazes over a grisaille painting. I understand what glazes are, but as I paint predominantly b&w portraiture I haven't really used them yet.
This meadow painting wasn't glazed but I was implying I should perhaps have glazed to avoid the mud colouring.

This months copy is much more appropriate than last month's water colour heavy issue.
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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

Nice job!
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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

I think it looks interesting.
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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

I really like it!

What I have found when I do these sorts of "tricks" is I am unable to stop seeing the steps I have performed to show the entire scene while those who did not see the step by step see the image as a "whole".

Don't sell yourself short!

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The colours go well together.
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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

The texture is great, however I'd say do the flowers with texture gel or paste as well. I am not sure what texture paste you used, but the white one can be coloured with your acrylic paints without usually losing any vibrancy (or at least the one I have don't) so the flowers will look more as if they are in the foreground if they are more textured. But that is just my five cent's overall I like it.
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I like it too and think you're perhaps too self critical...says the pot to the kettle!

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Re: "Wildflower Meadow" - Exercise from The Artist Magazine (UK)

Mark, I don't know how much you know about colour but the three primaries, mixed, will make mud! ..... well, it depends how you mix and how much of each!
Glazes, being thin and overlaid tend to reflect light from depth whereas mixing thicker together will only reflect the colour mixed .... that's why glazes/layering tends to be richer and more luminous.
If you know this already, my apologies and please ignore!
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