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Old 09-04-2009, 09:26 PM
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High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

This was the demonstration painting I did last week when I was teaching how to paint rocks under water. It's on gray Pastelmat, 9x12".

Here's the underdrawing I did in charcoal. The P-mat allows you to softly finger blend the charcoal without disturbing its placement, which started that wonderful underwater look to the rocks.
This is the first layer of color on the water, and the extent of my painting in the demo itself.
(And the finished painting is the top one, which I subsequently finished at home in my studio.)

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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

Fabulous!! Thanks Deborah! I always wondered how to do that.
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Great painting, I love the rocks above the water and below it. james
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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

I've learned so much from this!!!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

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Very informative demo...straight and to the point. Thank you.
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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

Thanks for doing this for us Deborah. Maybe you could do another network DVD on doing water?
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:58 AM
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Wow, this is so useful and informative. It's gone straight into my favorites. Thank you Deborah.
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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

Wonderful demo - thanks so much Deborah! It makes a lot of sense to get the soft edges on the rocks before you start layering the water colors on top. I wouldn't have known to do that. Beautiful painting!

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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

I'm glad so many of you have found these images helpful. You have to paint from the bottom to the top of water (as Doug Dawson advises in his book), so I always draw the shapes and shadows of the rocks underwater first. Then I plug in darker values of the colors of the dry rocks in sunlight, assuming the rocks are the same material generally, and over that I lay a soft blurring of the color of the water, followed by anything that's on top like reflections or things floating (foam, bubbles, boats, ducks, etc.) I can't say I strictly adhere to this order as I paint, as I might add some jewel-tone colors of underwater rocks as I progress, or enhance the deep colors of the shadow shapes, but this bottom-to-top order launches the painting.

Kat, I'd LOVE to do another DVD! Maybe someday. People need to ask for it, however... (hint, hint)

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I'd like you to do a personal lesson up here... but I'm going to have to wait till I can gather enough students to share in the workshop.

Deborah - excellent! i love the approach and appreciate the time taken to explain the details and process. The water ripples are so effective.

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Thanks Deb! You've caught the look of those underwater rocks perfectly!!

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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

Oh this is wonderful. I started something similar about a year ago from a photo I took ages ago and got to the water part and .... got no further, it is still hanging on the board.



This will help me a lot to get an idea how to finish it. Thanks Deborah.
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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

Thank you for the great demo. I found it to be very helpful and informative as I often paint using the trial and error method. Now, I have some guidelines. Thank you, again.
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Re: High and Dry (rocks under water demo)

Thanks for your wonderful photos and explanation of how to portray rocks under water. I've often wondered how to do this and will now have a try.

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Gorgeous underwater rocks, perfect in feeling!

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