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Sandie, the young girl is the perfect touch for that scene; lovely, lively blues and greens.

Christel, beautiful likeness of the smiling young lady. Nice way of uncluttering the background.

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Re: April 2019 Watermedia Challenge

Sandie - adding the girl to your painting made it really come alive! Great work!

Christel - Well done on the portrait! Portraits aren't easy but you've made a great job of it!

Is anyone attempting the colored eggs in the eggcups?
I decided I needed to challenge myself this month, so have spent the last couple of hours drawing it out. My ellipses seems to be squarish on the bottom of the egg-cups and pointed on the top of the eggs! I need to get the drawing corrected before I attempt to put paint to water.

I knew it would be difficult but now I'm scared to begin painting in case I mess up my carefully drawn work.....! I would love to see how someone else handles this particular reference?
Am I making it more difficult for myself than it is?
Maybe there's a simple way of painting it loosely that I haven't thought of?
Kay, you do lovely, loose watercolor paintings, how would you handle this one?
All ideas on painting this particular ref image are welcome!
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Thanks Vivien and CP!
Vivien - if all fails, try tracing the outlines
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Sandie - adding the girl to your painting made it really come alive! Great work!

Christel - Well done on the portrait! Portraits aren't easy but you've made a great job of it!

Is anyone attempting the colored eggs in the eggcups?
I decided I needed to challenge myself this month, so have spent the last couple of hours drawing it out. My ellipses seems to be squarish on the bottom of the egg-cups and pointed on the top of the eggs! I need to get the drawing corrected before I attempt to put paint to water.

I knew it would be difficult but now I'm scared to begin painting in case I mess up my carefully drawn work.....! I would love to see how someone else handles this particular reference?
Am I making it more difficult for myself than it is?
Maybe there's a simple way of painting it loosely that I haven't thought of?
Kay, you do lovely, loose watercolor paintings, how would you handle this one?
All ideas on painting this particular ref image are welcome!


My advise it to spend an hour drawing elipses of different sizes & ovals for egg tops also. Boring I know but this practice will really help you overcome the fear of drawing these shapes. It doesn´t matter if they are a bit off as it makes the finished piece more painterley& the viewers eye still reads the shapes as eggs in cups. (Thanks you for you comment)
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:37 AM
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I chose the poppies as a subject for my class today, which went down well with my mature students. This is my take on the theme with added bees for good measure. No drawing involved here just painting directly onto the paper & building up layers in the grasses with consecutive layers of masking fluid.


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Sandie, your red mountains are superb, tall and majestic. Your little girl added to the pier was brilliant. But your poppies steal the show!

CaliAnn, such a fresh treatment of this ref, which is not easy.

Christel, your smiling woman was not an easy one either, and the watermedia chosen for it was perfect.

Viv, I'm not sure how I'd tackle the eggs. It would take some studying first.
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Sandie: Your poppies are GORGEOUS - I love them and would happily hang them on my wall if I could!
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Sandie - lovely poppies!
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Sandie, lovely poppies. Thanks for the notes about how the painting was done. I appreciate this information.

Incidentally, I'd like to try working with colored pencils. Could anyone tell me what you like using? Brand? Water-soluble / insoluble? Thanks.
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Incidentally, I'd like to try working with colored pencils. Could anyone tell me what you like using? Brand? Water-soluble / insoluble? Thanks.

I love that Derwents Inktense pencils are water soluble and not re-wettable after drying. I've been using Faber-Castell's Polychromos colored pencils for dry work (though they can be used with OMS and turpentine).
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Thank you for your comments folks. Re watercolour pencils, i use severel different brands but my faves are Faber Castel & Derwent. I also have some WHSmith cheapies which are very good.
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Lamar and Sandie, thanks for the colored pencil info. ... CP
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Well, this one was fun to do. Acrylic, 13 x 22 cm on Strathmore 300 140# CP. Quinacridone red, phthalo green YS, and a bit of Ti white glazing, all very dilute.

Kind of interesting to me that I don't notice much difference between this inexpensive watercolor paper and, for example, Arches. Maybe it's the acrylic. More likely that I'm not doing anything very challenging that would make good use of higher quality paper. Or maybe I just don't appreciate the finer things in life.



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CP: very soft and fine misty feeling to this painting - lovely!
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