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Old 11-09-2009, 12:22 AM
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Re: November Landscape Challenge!

Hi Pete....lovely piece you've done here..the sky, colours in foliage, and the road/path are all very well done. I have struggled with this one, 2nd scrape down today...I'm jeolous..
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Tatiana, Sorry I didn't mention the medium for my painting - it's soft pastel.
There are so many beautiful paintings this month. Love all the different techniques.
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And finally that's my loose interpretation of the second photo... Gouache, size approx 4" x 6"... Thanks for looking.



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Fantastic photos!
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Re: November Landscape Challenge!

Just like I say: Very impressive, Carolyne! I was suspecting pastel, but I decided better ask!

Dan, don't get too jealous, we all love Pete's work! The only right response would be to paint something just as same good!

Alex, another nice painting!... Especially for small work. I always was so-so with gouache, tricky paint at my opinion to work with!

Here is my own version of pictures #1.

Mine is really small - 2.5 X 3.5", Illustration board, Ink, Egg tempera, Watercolor. I'm posting it bigger to show details.



And WIP of my work:



Above: line drawing.



Above: Values in Ink (darks)



Above: Values in titanium white (lights)



Finished painting. Not the best photo of it, but will do.
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Tatiana, I like the steps of the work. Especially I know little about ink and tempera... and wish to try them too... Your work is excellent, from the beginning to the end. Well done!
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Alex ~~ You've been quite busy! Another nice job.

Tatiana ~~ Thanks for sharing your process. I'm always interested in seeing how each artist develops their end result. Your drawing certainly gives a good foundation to work from and then adding the values I imagine would allow you the ability to work more from your painting itself as opposed to constantly referring to the photo. This is certainly something I will consider in the future as I find myself either referring to the photo too much or not enough resulting in what I consider too many paint overs.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:55 PM
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Alex, you can find in stores Russian-made tempera of art grade (this is what I used to anyway). Russia hase two kinds factory-made tempera: PVA (poly- vinyl- acetate) tempera and oil-tempera (casein-oil tempera, to be exact). You can not mix those two together, but can mix either with watercolor, to get more colors/tints.

Of course you also always can mix any available pigment with an egg, what will basically give you egg tempera.
I'm using right now some pre-made egg tempera from Sennelier, and some just mixing myself. Not hard at all.

Dee, work on values first is very coming for tempera paintings and as well for soft pastels. Both are my very favorites to work with, so I use it a lot, however not always.

With tempera paintings I always starting with ink outlines (graphite pencil first!). Then it usually will be totally overpainted with paint, however gives me a good reference while I'm working. No, it is not changing the fact that when I'm going to very small details I love to have referent photos near. In fact for this work I had several photos in several different sizes and also in gray scale. Helpful.
I'm also using very small brushes, very good light, but no magnification, while
I paint. Many artist will also have a magnifying glass.
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Re: November Landscape Challenge!

wow what a collection of creative landscapes!
I am quite a beginner in watercolors, I'll show this anyway. Trying to paint loose, am not there yet as you can see .



By the way, I would gladly have some good advice for improving. I probably overdid this...

Painted on arches matt 140 lbs, about 12x16 in, colors W&N and Schmincke.

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Old 11-10-2009, 09:47 AM
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Re: November Landscape Challenge!

Raxu : for a start, it is quite good.
You are right, there is a mixture of loose and tight and it shows manly in the two red trees. When I do that, it is mainly because I am adding colour on top of colour (like I used to do in oil). and I loose the transparency.
The way out of this is to think ahead in terms of successive washes... and try to work trees wet on wet instead of wet on dry.
You can still add accents (branches) when it is dry, but the shape (because they are the main ones) should keep their transparent look.
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Alain
thank you so much for taking the time and commenting my try... You are right, of course. I can see it now. I did exactly what you said, color on color on color...! Besides of that, I don't feel comfortable with landscapes, as I am quite a beginner and have not painted many yet...
I will give it another try, keeping the good advice on my mind (I hope ).
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WOW, the work is getting better everymonth.

Good work.

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Re: November Landscape Challenge!

Raxu, it is really for good for beginner or no beginner! But... I'm anything but expert with transparent watercolors. I just like what I see here.

( I'm glad, I managed to find a subject what everybody is enjoying to paint and we are getting so many gorgeous pictures!)

I like all about your paining and Schmincke watercolor looks just as yummy, as my Schmincke pastel set! Oh!... Totally forgot, on my own tempera I used some Schmincke pure pigments as well... Love them too!

You are definitely on something here and shouldn't be afraid of landscapes, then more you work, then better it gets! This one for sure is beautiful!
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:45 PM
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Re: November Landscape Challenge!

Tatiana _ Thanks, and many thanks for the reference photos. I won a challenge in redbubble with this painting.

Alaska Dan - Thanks!

Mario - Thanks I wanted lots of colour but not too bright therefore I underpainted with darks

Pete - Thanks, I like your version It is soft with the pastels with lots of colour.

Dee - Thanks I liked the details in the photo reference so I tried to capture it.

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Re: November Landscape Challenge!

This one gave me some problems because I felth that the photo was nice but the landscape did not seem to be balanced to my liking. I made the weeds on the right a little bigger so they would close the loop.


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