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habitat-lady
« on: January 05, 2009 09:30:27 PM »

I usually stick to the sewing and crafting side of this fabulous website, but I decided to come back to my first love.  Trying to paint. 

I used to dabble in watercolors during my B.C. years (before children) and the oldest is 19, so I'm dusty & rusty.  Buuut, my Christmas present to myself was a new set of paints, some brand new "not beat up or shared with kids" paint brushes, and watercolor pads.  It took two weeks to get all my loot, because I'm cheap   thrifty, and it depended on the coupons I could find to buy my shiny new good stuff.  Then I had to find my old easel and paint box, buried in the shed behind the camping gear.  That totally wasn't worth digging out.  They both need a bath.  And the whole seek & find set off a "lets clean out this %#@& shed" and so on. 

So finally, here are my first five mini's in 20 years. in the order they were painted this past week.  I hope you like them, and I'll probably be back looking for tips/ideas/help!



These next three got washed out with the flash - is there a trick to this with watercolors?  We didn't have digital way back in the day.






And the best so far:

I was halfway into a big bottle of wine for the dandelions.  Did most great artists die of liver failure? I better google that!

Comments/Criticism welcome and thanks for peeking!

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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009 10:38:41 PM »

Great work! I think alot of artist drank alot but i dunno about dieing of liver failure but the flower ones are my faves
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2009 01:30:30 AM »

Those flowers are great, especially the dandelions.

To keep things from getting washed out, instead of using flash, put your painting in a brightly lit area. Taking them outside during the day or in front of a lamp works really well. Just make sure to keep your hands steady - use a tripod or put your elbows on a table or something.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2009 02:08:12 AM »

20 years since you've used watercolours?  Man, you've still got the touch!  I'm much too heavy handed for this sort of thing.  I'm loving your dandilions.  I figure after a little practise and some good wine, you'll be doing some exceptional stuff!
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habitat-lady
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2009 04:34:21 PM »

Thanks so much for the tip on washout and the feedback.  I was wondering WTF with the lighting?!?  They were all right next to each other when I took the pics.  Next non-rainy day, I'll try again.
Those flowers are great, especially the dandelions.

To keep things from getting washed out, instead of using flash, put your painting in a brightly lit area. Taking them outside during the day or in front of a lamp works really well. Just make sure to keep your hands steady - use a tripod or put your elbows on a table or something.

I think I'm going to start ordering wine by the case!  Want to come over and give it a whirl? LOL
I looked at the dandelions the next morning and thought "Holy Crap, I know the trick now.
20 years since you've used watercolours?  Man, you've still got the touch!  I'm much too heavy handed for this sort of thing.  I'm loving your dandilions.  I figure after a little practise and some good wine, you'll be doing some exceptional stuff!
 

Truthfully the first one didn't get done cause I muffed it up so bad.  It turned into the color test paper.  Thanks to you folks for the positive reinforcement - I was worried I should go back to finger paints and acrylic craft paint Wink
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