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Old Thursday 4th September 2008, 10:16   #51
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This will be the last Avo today, not going too well, maybe to much else on my mind. Wll get some late brekkie (And Coffee) and come back later.
Tim, I take on board what you say, and will try again this afternoon, if it gets better, ill post the lot - good and bad.
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Old Thursday 4th September 2008, 11:21   #52
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I love how the ripples reflect the shapes of the birds pattern, the paper is broken up into some beautiful cryptic shapes, maybe you think it's not going too well, but there is some wonderful art happening here.
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Old Thursday 4th September 2008, 12:07   #53
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I love how the ripples reflect the shapes of the birds pattern, the paper is broken up into some beautiful cryptic shapes, maybe you think it's not going too well, but there is some wonderful art happening here.
Quite - don't always get hung up on getting it 'right'. There has to be room for personal interpretation or we'd all draw the same way. I like this.
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Old Thursday 4th September 2008, 16:52   #54
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A grumpy day waiting for a furniture delivery..One Tern to many, started of nice and calm, but soon lost direction, oh humph....
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Old Thursday 4th September 2008, 18:27   #55
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Have to disagree again Andrew - I think this is a great effort of a difficult bird in an extraordinarily testing pose - fine stuff.
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Old Thursday 4th September 2008, 20:51   #56
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agree with Tim. each have our own styles and you will learn from each pic. you do.
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Old Sunday 7th September 2008, 17:48   #57
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Again, sketched from the photo on the Computer screen, a Wheatear posing...... a Propelling pencil was used this time to keep the lines lite to start with
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Old Sunday 7th September 2008, 21:53   #58
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That Wheatear is truly special! Good job!!

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Old Tuesday 9th September 2008, 17:58   #59
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Hi Andrew , like your wheate . Have you tried a softer lead and a looser touch with the sketching to make the lines softer.
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Old Tuesday 9th September 2008, 20:10   #60
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yep, I did the light lines first, then added the detail and stronger outline afterwards...do you think its not working too well, and I should keep it light.
Its changing it from a sketch into a drawing that i find a tad difficult to keep apart....It starts off well, and I end up adding more and more to make it look better....
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Old Wednesday 10th September 2008, 13:12   #61
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great to see this drawing, full of life! There is no fussing in the way you've filled in the bird, just enough to give form, and very cleverly following the bird's contours.
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Old Tuesday 16th September 2008, 15:57   #62
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Well, here it is, My first launch into Watercolour Landscapes......I girded my loins (No not that tight), and picked a photo of somthing that i can recall easily....Its Logans Rock in Cornwall, taken from the cliff tops above Treen Beach.
Its a mixture of 'wet on wet' and then allowing that to dry before i added more detail with a smaller brush, then pulling that out to make the shadows....
I feel fairly pleased with the whole thing and wonder if i should add more detail, but im sure that will evolve as i stride into it.....Sorry there No token Gull shape wafting through

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Old Tuesday 16th September 2008, 16:07   #63
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I like it Andrew. It's a very strong design and you've got the perspective spot-on. All in all, a very pleasing painting, even without a fly-by gull!
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Thanx, Feels good to get comments on a new venture....
Now I can understand the idea of using larger paper...it did feel a bit crammed in, hence there wasnt much room for what detail I thought needed to go in, maybe to much detail would have altered it too much.
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Old Wednesday 17th September 2008, 08:24   #65
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So next time, bigger paper and big brushes! This pic is very succesful, the colours work great together, as Tim points out, the perspective is spot on, and I love how the 'random' fluid shapes all mix to produce what the brain understands as a landscape. Looking forward to seeing some more watercolours very soon.
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Old Wednesday 17th September 2008, 17:07   #66
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Thanx Nick, I now understand the idea of bigger paper and Brushes..it did feel a bit constricted, but i guess it still an adventure....I only did a few pencil lines, most of the rocks etc were freehand looking at the original photo.
Its all a matter of stepping over that line and being a bit brave, diving in so to speak.....Im going to launch into another before i go on my hols, but i think the test will be to do it from live, in the open air.....and maybe get some wildlife done to add to this thread instead of just landscapes
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Old Wednesday 17th September 2008, 17:29   #67
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Wheatear is great, a real success, would only echo sentiments regarding not being afraid of it. Its only paper and lead at the end of the day... (its the only way to get better, keep it up...)
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Old Wednesday 24th September 2008, 17:35   #68
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After my first epic journey into the unknown, I felt the need to hurdle the barrier again to make sure it wasnt a fluke....and to build up the confidence abit before my Hols...So here the second piece, and yes it does contain wildlife..can you tell what it is yet...answers on a post card please
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Old Thursday 25th September 2008, 17:26   #69
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Im starting to feel that Im actually enjoying this watercolour, another quick and slightly rushed landscape, with a limited pallette, as the original photo was taken early morning on a grey day with the mist rising off the water.....
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Andrew I think you're getting this watercolour idea. The grebe is nice and simply seen and very well drawn and your landscape is effective. You've cleverly left out the bits you don't need and created a very nice atmosphere. Good stuff.
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Thanx Tim, I think if im not rushed, I can take more time and add detail with a finer brush, at the moment im still finding a level......
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you're using the watercolour to great effect, such freedom in these paintings - very refreshing.
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just a quickie from my two weeks away....The first one was done with minimal pencil lines, and shading added as i saw it, but with my critique head on, I should have done the background a lighter wash...
The second one was done from memory and again with minmal detail and a quick bit of shading......comments welcome as always......more to follow, (including a nice looking Rook and a Gull), and some will be done from photos as the weather ment that i couldnt get out in the open....
Managed to buy a Tabletop easel, an A3 pad, more (and bigger) brushes, and a roll to put them in.....
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Love the freedom and exploration in these, some fabulous colours in that fuchsia.
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