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« on: June 08, 2012 04:17:44 PM »

This is my first watercolor that is completely something I made myself...

I was inspired by many awesome watercolorists and wanted to try my own take on it....

The picture itself is much bigger with white space around it, but I don't have a scanner big enough.

I don't like the contrast between the face and the rest of it too much, I was wondering if you guys could help me figure out what to do to enhance it...or tie it together more...

Thank you!!!!

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012 07:28:01 PM »

Hm, one thing that catches my eye is that you have that one large warm pink spot on the top of the head that I am drawn to because it is so different than the greens & that's fighting with wanting to focus on the face. I would add another warm spot, even just a small one, so that the initial look doesn't come off as the pink being a focus point. Unless of course you want to make the pink a focus. Smiley My other thought is that I, personally, would add more color around the face, not like a halo, but a little more mysterious space for the face to be peaking out from, if that makes sense.

I like how the face kind of pops out from the rest of the greens, the eyes almost seem to change to draw you back to them if you look to the other greens. The lips are beautifully done & I really appreciate the crispness & quality of the eyes & lips among the rest of the painted areas. Smiley I really like the idea & what you have so far! Good work!

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2012 02:18:11 PM »

Thank you for your input!!

I agree there needs to be more red somewhere else in the painting...I'm just afraid of ruining it hahah
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012 09:19:25 PM »

First of all I think this is beautiful, I love the colors and the quality of the transparency.

My first impression was that I kind of like how the face clearly emerges from the subtle washes of color...but since you said that's what's bothering you, I tried to look at it differently. I do notice that sometimes my eye does seem to get caught and dragged up to the pink area, and I have to encourage myself to look back down at the face. I'm not sure why. But it makes me see that maybe it's not finished yet and does need something more.

My particular style, I know if this were my painting, I would probably want to pick up either a liner brush and black paint or an ink pen, and start delineating the color wash shapes, or start superimposing hair or some sort of wreath/halo....either flowers, snakes, tendrils, etc. on top of the color around the head. I could see me going into the medusa/maiden/mermaid/fairy/headdress/crown/fantasy realm with this....But I don't know what your vision of the piece is, or if you consider it "complete" or not.

I also get scared that I'm gonna mess up something if it tends to be going well, and worry if I'm going to "ruin" it or overwork it. And I usually don't use watercolor, because it intimidates me because you can't really un-do something once you do it, lol.... so I understand your hesitation. You can either let it sit, and come back to it later....sometimes taking a break from it and not staring at it to hard helps me anyway. Or you can just dive in and see what happens! Don't be afraid to experiment! If you don't like how it turns out, you can always try a new painting.

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