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« on: October 28, 2006 10:46:40 AM »

so recently someone at worked asked me if I would do a painting for a raffle/draw thing and she asked me to come up with some ideas. I've never really done anything in watercolours before so I thought "hey...why not?". These are what I came up with (just as smaller ideas for a larger painting) and she didn't end up picking any of them...just thought I'd post 'em to see what you guys thought..they're not fantastic as I did them rushed and it was my first time using watercolours...now I'm not sure what to do with them..lol

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2006 10:55:28 AM »

depending on how big they are, they would make cute postcards?

oh, and BTW, I think they are great!

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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2006 10:59:14 AM »

they are great for your first time using watercolours! i have attempted many a time, but my attempts come out pretty nasty. i agree they would make great postcards! or you could turn then into cards and send them out as thank you letters, i always find hand made thankyou letters are the best!
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2006 11:12:49 AM »

The first one shows some nice techniques, but it looks a little too much like a summer camp advertisement. 

The second one is a wonderful idea.  I love the colors.  I think you may want to try it on a different shape of paper though.  Right now, the eye follows the slant of the rock right out of the picture.  You might try placing it on a square page, off center to the lower left so that the eye would follow the rock up into the colors of the sky. 

The third one has some great things going on with the colors in the foreground.  It's definitely my favorite.  The landscapes of the southwest are so beautiful, but they're always done in the same style and sold in cheap tourist shops.  When you make the larger painting, don't polish it too much or you'll lose the uniqueness. 
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2006 11:22:08 AM »

I agree, they are a great first attempt. My only suggestion would be to lighten up on the paint. Watercolor is a medium where the less opaque the paint, the better. You have to use the paper as much as the paint with watercolor.

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