Thanks liza for all the appreciation. I needed it.You're doing great so far!
The composition of both paintings is well thought out and balanced.
You have not made the mistake many beginners do with over colouring / layering the watercolours leading to a muddiness of paint on paper.
The beauty of watercolours is their ethereal translucent nature and their ability to be worked with wet on wet/dry on dry/wet on dry paper etc.
Perhaps play a bit more with exploring detail and texture with the above mentioned techniques, especially in the sky/clouds, grass and trees.
I love how you rendered the mountains in the 2nd painting: beautiful use of colours and delicate overlay of paint; leaving the whiteness of paper showing - just lovely!
Thanks lisa, I understand what you are saying. I am struggling with detailing and working on it, and also the overpainting. Water colors are too sensitive, aren't they?These are looking good!
be careful not to "overpaint" - keep the layers of watercolours very transparent as you go - then the painting will not look too muddy.
Also - a bit more texture and detail in the foreground/grass/boats etc will create interest and make the composition more convincing
I love the last one of the sunset - the colours are very atmospheric in the sky!
Thanks lisal love both of these! You've kept the sky and water beautifully translucent, with some white paper showing through which is very effective.
Yes, watercolours are notoriously difficult paints to work with - unlike oils and acrylics, it is very difficult to rectify mistakes once you have laid the paint down. that's why I find working very lightly and delicately with them on good quality paper works best
As for detail - if you have a good quality fine brush this is good for grass, leaves etc. or a fan-shaped brush is also very useful, working dry on dry over large areas for grass-like effect. You can also use a small natural sea sponge, your finger tips, crumpled paper, twigs -- dry on wet....just experiment and play with different things, dipping them into a pan of a small amount of paint, and dabbing on wet or dry paper to see what happens!
Thanks LizaThese are wonderful! I love the Impressionistic quality The texture in the trees works so well, too...
Thanks Rosalie.Wow! I am a new member and I am already amazed at the works of novice painters how much more with the experts?
Great job! Please continue sharing them with us, it always inspires me