Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Well, I went in with some grayed colors - halftones is what Jeanne Dobie calls them in her book. But I think I went too dark in places and it just looked muddy.

So my usual way to deal with this is just go darker and richer in the background...which is what I did. But I still don't like it. Needing critiques and comments to help me through this one - perhaps I'll start over and try to stay very high key with this one...which was the assignment for the color group that I didn't seem able to do. High key is so hard for me!

Now that I see the first one again, I don't hate it as much as I did when I saw it after the bg dried. I should have just lifted some of the bg negative shapes and dropped in other colors and let it be...each painting is another lesson!


Cindi said...

these dang lessons!!! LOL you think they'd stick once in awhile and we wouldnt have to keep learning them~~ but oh no!!

sadly it does feel you have removed some of the soft lucious color you hadin the shadows... unless you want to really might be time to take a deep breath and start again.. ill be back to see what you decide!!

Angela said...

I don't think it looks bad at all - you did a great job of making the petals look thick and waxy the way magnolia petals do!

You may have been uncomfortable while painting it, but that didn't stop you from creating something really pretty! :)

debwardart said...

Today I'll say they are both "snot bad" (since I've got a cold and lots of s - - -!!!!). You kept the whites nicely blushed! Now, here is your mantra - GO SLOW, STAY LIGHT - repeat over and over (ha, ha).

Cathy Gatland said...

Whew - that's why I gave up on my 'white' phase (though I'll get back there some day!)It's hard to tell from the photos, but perhaps if you'd left some of the bright white areas it would have lifted it - though I think it's a lovely painting - maybe put it away for a while and look at it with fresh eyes in a week or so!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

These both read very well to me as being magnolias, but of course I pref the first phase where the colors are warmer in general. Knowing your love of blue, I can see that you used it liberally in the second one. I don't think anything else should be done to the second one, though, since that magnolia looks so good! I know what you mean about needing to go slowly, in fact I recognize that in myself with most paintings. Really takes discipline, huh?

RH Carpenter said...

I know, Cindi, I keep wondering when all this I KNOW will come forth on the paper! ha ha I did prefer the first one and should have "lived with it a while" before going back in.
Thanks, Angela and Deb :) Deb, sorry you are still suffering from a summer cold - yuck!
Cathy and Susan - perhaps, since I don't like it, I may wet down some of that negative bg shape and see what happens? It does read very blue, Susan, in the bg but it's not...although I did mix cooler greens...hmmm...will think on this one a while I guess. They can't all be winners, right? I sure would settle for maybe 25%, though!