Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday's Watercolor..."Standing Together"

...Standing Together...
Watercolor 140# Arches

Well guys, I'm posting this only because I said I would. The painting does look a little better than the photo. The background and foreground are fairly accurate. The cherries are considerable brighter when looking at the actual painting.

This painting is waaaaaay different than the first ones I did. I've seen the really dark backgrounds used and liked the contrast...obviously I need more practice at this. It looks a little muddy here, but when looking at the original...I think that is actually one thing I managed to avoid.

Obviously...unlike many of you thought, I have not found my 'style' yet:(

One lesson (of many) learned here...Friskit does not last 10 years! I had planned to use friskit on the stems so I could do smoother washes on the background. Got my brush all soaped up and when I opened the friskit was a mucky mess. Absolutely unusable.

Trying to paint this dark around those skinny stems did not give the look I wanted.

I also REALLY had a difficult time staying out of this is definitely overworked in a few places. I learned that I had to have more paint on my brush than I expected or the painting lightened up on me. And, if I used the paint too thick (not enough water) it tried shiny!

I wish the cherries popped in the photo like they do on the original...they're actually the coolest part of the painting. I'm going to also have to learn how to do a little better on my photo editing.

Anyway...I'm open for critique and advise. I look forward to your opinions.


Belinda Lindhardt said...

love it, i bet you its gorgeous in RL :)

Marian Fortunati said...

No way I would critique it .... You are an amazing artist, Marsha!!

Angela Finney said...

Very interesting painting, different from the others due to the dark colors. Very good work with the reflections. Too bad about the friskett.

Angela Finney said...

Only looks different from the others due to the dark colors. You did a wonderful job with the reflections in the foreground. Too bad about the friskit.

Karen Hargett said...

I like it! I love it! I want to see some more (of it) OK I am listening to my favorit C&W station - but keep painting and show us some more ;-)

Marsha Robinett said...

Thanks to everyone for the comments and encouragement. I'm working on another piece...and am realizing why I laid this down in the past. Watercolor just beats me up...drawing is shamefully easy.

Your interest is pushing me forward. Thanks again, I appreciate you.

Karen Hargett said...

PS I love the background color of your blog and the new title.

Marsha Robinett said...

I really struggled with this color change...I like keeping my website and my blog looking similar. I know it will look different on other computers, but I'm pleased with the way it appears on mine!!

As for the new 'paint' addition to the title. I just felt with the watercolor I'm doing in addition to the pencil work that something needed to be added.

So far, you're the only one who has noticed the certainly have an eye for detail.

Thanks for the PS...much appreciated.

Jennie Norris said...

All of your watercolors are gorgeous Marsha! And it looks like your having fun, can't wait to see next weeks paintings : )

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