Thanks......greens are always a problem for students !!!!!!
Thanks so much for this Edo! I've just spent a weekend surrounded by a bewildering array of greens and could really have done wth some of this advice! So great to of you to share it!
Thank you Jane, glad you liked it!!
I really enjoyed this too! Thank you.
Hiya Robyn! I was writing about it, and it was getting more and mor, so I thought I make a blog from it! Thank you. glad you like it!
VERY helpful! Thank you so much Edo.
Thank you very much Don Rankin, I use it not very often, but it was nice to make a small article about the acetate, cause a lot of beginning artist have the problem that they can not visualize the color or dark tones on the right place. I often hear "I am afraid to spoil my painting". I always say, spoil a lot and learn from it! I shall have a look about that wet media. I never hear from that. but watercolor is a never ending learning process!
I enjoyed viewing your site. Thanks for the kind words regarding my site. The acetate overlay is a very good technique. I used it to some degree years ago. Now, in my senior years, I usually just go ahead and paint. However, there are times when the overlay is the perfect solution. I usually use a product called "wet media." Some stores no longer carry it since it seems that a lot of younger painters aren't even aware that it exists. I think it is great that you share the idea.
Thank you Andre, I often make a few from the same subject. Then you dont stick so much on the same style!
Well, in my opinion the second one is the winner. Looks amazing Also, nice tips and encouragements. Thank you.
Ha! I'm in complete agreement - this has certainly happened to me on more than one occasion! As Joseph Zbukvic said - "Many ruined paintings are preceded by the words 'I'll just do this!'"
Thank you so much Oliver, also for your tips about the shadow. I must say the photo from the acetate shadow is a bit dark. Its also difficult to make light washes on this plastic. the photo were I show the acetate is about how dark the original watercolour is. so the photo from the painting itself is a bit to light in that area. so I keep it like it is probably. I often change a watercolour after I post it on facebook, and more then once I wrecked it. lucky enough no people that offered to buy the wrecked one! I saw myself quickly paint a new one haha! regards Edo
Its sometimes very overwhelming all those good and wonderful paintings. And some of them are really beyond our reach. So much talent is out there. We forget to have fun and why we paint. we chase likes and nice comments! but the thing is, enjoy the medium. and make from every painting a small party! I think I leave the painting as it is. as I noticed that the real painting have more gradation in the grass then the photo. thanks and best wishes Edo
Hello Edo, I discovered your blog recently. I agree with all your points on how we compare ourselves to thousands of artists now instead of a small handful of masters in museums. The exposure seems overwhelming at times. As for these paintings. I really like the second version. The middleground has been unified, the sky and water relate with the patterns of shapes and colors. it has good balance and is a very sweet landscape. Thank you for your sharing. I hope to put some more work on my website soon. I haven't been satisfied with my work but I go thru my pile and review!! Best, Nancy
Its a super painting Edo, and I'm very intrigued by this acetate technique. I can see a lot of merit in this, and it could have saved me a lot of anguish in the past! I prefer the original version as it says more to me about the vibrancy of a spring day. I agree that a little something extra in the grass might help, although by keeping that quiet it has enabled the farm and trees, and especially the sky, to have more impact. If I was putting anything else in the field it would be a slim, broken shadow starting as a very thin line close to the dark trees on the right, moving on a gentle diagonal, and becoming thicker to the left. It would hit-and-miss your excellent dry-brush areas and exit the paper just below your signature. It would be not as dark as those you did on the acetate, but darkest at the left hand side to provide some counter-balance to the dark trees on the right.
That’s correct, Edo. If there are “things” on the edges, they will lead the viewer’s eye off the page.
Well it is yes, Ray Campbell Smith says in one of his videos, if the sky and subject is busy make the foreground calm and a place to rest the eye!
Thanks for your tip then! I always clean it afterwards and dry it, and then it goes back in the book from Tony again!
That's a good trick I didn't know! But really the sky and trees are so beautiful I wouldn't worry about the grass.
Thanks Edo.............another good tip from you.