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Old 01-08-2020, 01:44 AM
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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

A nice study of part of the Castle.

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

My version of the Castle, 23x4. I had some difficulties with my supposedly straight lines on the windows and castle walls. I did use a wee bit of wcpencils for touch ups too.
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That's super Christel, it is indeed a large castle in a wonderful setting. We toured the castle on our visit som years ago.

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Thanks Doug!
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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

What an intriguing motif, Doug. And amazing renditions of it, too. I had to crop this motif in order to prevent me from becoming too tiny with the brush ( maybe I should try stitching of several larger croppings?)

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

a simple approach to the gatehouse tanjaf.

I visited Dresden when the cathedral was being rebuilt in the centre of the city.

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

Here is mine, half way painting it and I notice there is some mistake in the castle dimension... and I just roll with it. Hopefully it's not too bad.

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

It's fine Calvin, the fortified gatehouse.

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

I have never done a watercolor this wide before (22" x 6"), but I like the looks
of the wide panorama. This is M. Graham watercolors on Arches 140 lb HP.
I don't know what is wrong with the paper, because it would start pilling the
instant that water touched it. The paper is either too old, developed mold that I can't
see, or met with some mishap in manufacturing. Because of the pilling, I was
planning to make this a line and wash, but now I'm thinking I'll leave it as it is.
I enjoy painting the castles and plan to catch up with those I missed earlier
last year. C&C welcome.

The photo looks unusually blurry compared to the painting. Maybe it's because
I had to reduce it so much in order to fit the 800 pixel limit. I now see I forgot
the flag. I will add it!

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

Nice work! Sorry about your paper problems. I chose my frame before I painted it. A cheap frame from a bargain store.

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

Despite all the problems the result looks fabulous. Good choice to expand to 22” - I just cut down a quarter sheet and it felt really cramped.
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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

Thank you!

I should start framing mine. I've been painting for three years now and have never framed or hung any of my paintings. My daughters, however, have absconded with a bunch of them -- well, with my permission -- for which I am happy.
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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

Acknowledgements to all who gave this challenge a go. It certainly was a challenge. I love that everyone has a different take on the subject.
I admire all of the submissions. Great work all.
Thanks Doug, I could not resist this one.

Castle Leeds in Kent.

520 x110 mm

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

It's beautiful Merri, you have to admit it makes a nice picture.

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Re: January 2020 Watercolor Challenge - Leeds Castle

Doug, I do admit it was lovely to do something different like this massive castle, and also, I wanted to try doing a painting ( for ages ) in the middle of a largish sheet.

This was my opportunity.
Only my own lack of self confidence did not allow me to get a full sheet out.

If I ever make it back over the pond, I shall endeavour to go see this wonderful structure.

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