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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two Trees - a pastel painting

Finished!  This watercolor underpainting technique is really thought-provoking.  What I mean is, you don't have as much control of the watercolor as you do when doing the dark notan (map of darks) technique.  With watercolor, I stared and stared and made adjustments based on the watercolor underpainting - which is more abstract in a way.  For instance, I made rocks where there were none because the watercolor looked like rocks.  This painting took me longer because of this.  I can't imagine doing this technique in a few hours on location!  Right now it is taking me 3 days to complete a painting in the studio!!!  Must practise more and more before mid-Sept!!!!

6 comments:

Ida M. Glazier said...

Carolyn, this is beautiful! The comp. is good, but the color and feeling is real. You are working hard, take time to relax, too! You are going to do great, and maybe even better after the workshop when all the ideas sink in and jell.

Euphoria said...

This looks like a photograph. Amazing, Carolyn!!!
There´s so much detail and I can even feel the effort you made.

LIZ said...

This is gorgeous! I wish I could see it in person. The texture fairly jumps off the screen. Amazing!

Carolyn said...

Thanks ladies! Glad you like!

Sharon said...

Absolutely lovely. Pulls the eye in, flowing and not stiff at all~

ti-igra said...

Carolyn! I'm impressed! Your work - perfect, beautiful and alive as trees and rocks in the woods! It is a miracle! I look and see and rejoice with you! You are a true talent, who also not ignores to work! I am proud of you:)