Friday, 26 February 2010

Contrast in Scenery (by Alex)

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Strathmore Bristol Vellum 300 Series 9"x12", 100lb (260g/m²)

I haven't done any water color painting for over a year, and I haven't painted trees for 7-8 years now. Thanks to my wife's housemate who prompted me to do so, I suddenly thought it was a good idea to fiddle around with the cheap Reeve's watercolor set I bought not too long ago, but however on the wrong kind of paper. It's entirely experimental but in a good way. I enjoyed doing it.
I wanted to create a plain background, and a tree in the foreground which contrasts it, so I changed the light source to see if that works, but it didn't. It looks more like you've taken a picture of a scenery with a powerful flash from the right instead.
Anyway, thanks for all your comments in my previous post. I really appreciate the thoughts, and that I am missed when I am inactive. Dan is right... the hearts grow fonder when you're far away or away for a while. ^^
Oh yeah, I've given this drawing to my wife's housemate, Mallory. Thanks for the idea!

29 comments:

  1. Hi Alex,

    This is lovely.

    I am just starting a watercolor class (sort of) online at Creative Techs with Molly Murrah. I hope to have something to share soon.

    Thanks for sharing,

    xoxo

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  2. Good for you for giving watercolor a go! There's much to like about this little painting. I like its looseness and composition, the colors and the contrast. Nice job! nancy

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  3. I really like the tree. The color and the looseness of the painting draws me in.

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  4. You do so many pencil sketches that sometimes I forget that you are so good with color too! I love this little scene! Is it imaginary?

    And thank you for the color info on your last comment! I am becoming more aware of the colors that I see, and how using different colors changes the mood, etc. You were so right; it depends on what I want to achieve!

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  5. I love the tree, especially the detail in the trunk. Great overall colors.

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  6. Simply gorgeous and so vibrant!!! and thank you for all the kind comments!!

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  7. What a breath of spring! And I agree about the trunk of the tree. It's beautiful, as are the tees in the background. You should do this more often.

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  8. Very creative and beautiful colors. I am like you also right now- I do not have a lot of time to create or visit everyone's site. But got homesick to know what you were up to and love this and previous post. Glad you are finding ways to do art.

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  9. Alex, the texture of the tree is very nice, is a very good composition!

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  10. hey bro, nicely done! The tree trunk and the detailing... very proud to have a talented bro! When are we getting pics of KaQin??

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  11. Great colors - lovely painting Alex.
    Shirley

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  12. What a vibrant piece... I am in love with that tree! :)

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  13. Great watercolour scene, love the colours.
    I've found your blog at last, I kept going to the other one

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  14. Beautiful!
    I admire the tree, it's awesome. Also, the colors and contrast are amazing. Great painting, watercolors rock! Well, YOU rock! ;)
    Bookmarking your blog!

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  15. WOW powerfull work that u have here :) nice one !

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  16. Beautiful work! Makes me want to climb into the scene. Amazing that you haven't done this in a while because it's very, very good!!

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  17. You should do watercolor more often. This is lovely!

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  18. Very well done! The clouds and the background really grab my attention, and the tree is a good balance. Great colors.

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  19. Thank you all so much =) I'll try to be less lazy and be more active in coloring whenever possible ;)

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  20. Alex, thanks for stopping by my blog. What I meant to say up above is that this painting is something I'd like to see more of, not that you need to practice. Just do more!

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  21. Alex, this is wonderful. I just love the detail in that tree trunk. And the colorful leaves. If you were looking for contrast between the background and that tree, I think you've achieved it. I really like this painting, it's very pleasing to just the eye wander around it. Thanks so much for being a regular visitor to my blog. I appreciate all your comments. I'm sure your wife's housemate will be very happy with this piece.

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  22. I am always so surprised and delighted when you use color! This is a fun and lively scene and you are so adept at it, even though its been laid down for a while.

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  23. I like the slightly whimsical quality here - and the way the building nestles into the background.

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  24. Alex, you make cheap paints and cheap paper look GOOD! I say, come back to painting - you have the talent!

    -Krista
    www.kristameister.com

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  25. Wow! I love the expressiveness of this painting!

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  26. Whatever you did, you did splendidly! Beautiful. Like that tree. Your paper did you good service in this case.

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  27. Lovely tree! The leaves and bark are beautiful.

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  28. Very beautiful indeed! You do such good watercolors too! It is so vibrant!!

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