Saturday, August 18, 2012

Practice for Autumn

 
Studying watercolor techniques this week: Review

These two little paintings are an exercise from the book Watercolor Right from the Start by Hilary Page. 
 This was lesson two on Understanding the Color Wheel. I really wasn't that interested in the color wheel discussion, mostly the technique of wet on wet.  Although my finish pieces are not exactly like the authors, I did learn a thing or two.  My pieces turned out with water marks more than I would have liked, instead of a blending of the colors in soft lines. I had the most trouble with the purple background.  Although I like the finished product on the right, my hubby liked the one on the left.  He was not used to the concept of the white space.  He's a kind of "Love the finished product" kinda guy, and felt that one was unfinished.  I think the one on the left looks "muddy" because of an allover wash that I used and didn't like, whereas the one on the right has more contrast and is different.  I like different!

Love to hear your opinion, especially since this is just practice!

9 comments:

pasqueflower said...

Those are both great practice pieces! I love the one on the left. It doesn't seem muddy on my monitor :-).

Rose said...

I really don't know anything about painting, but I love the detail of your leaves.

Splendid Little Stars said...

You chose a wonderful background color to show off the beautiful colors of the leaves.

Kathleen said...

Very fun! My watercolor teacher passed on what her watercolor teacher said: "Let the water do the work!" Wet in wet is lots of fun!

Judy Nolan said...

I'm no expert at all. I like both watercolor paintings, but I think the one on the right is more interesting.

storybeader said...

I like the one of the left! It looks more blended to me. And the white space confuses me too! :-D

BeadedTail said...

They are both way better than I could do! I read about watercolor on Kathy's blog so I admire your talent!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love the purple background with the fall colors! I like the one on the right best :) Great work!

Erika said...

Nice pieces--I like the detail you put into the leaves.