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05:36 pm: Passing time
I didn't do much of note yesterday. Today was my lightest day, so I spent most of my free time randomly practicing watercolor flowers.




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From:wrenwyn
Date:May 19th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
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I'm going to start sounding like a broken record, but they're beautiful! I love the color you used.

I was quite hopeless with watercolor in college. I always thought it was the most fun (of the painting mediums) but I had no feel for it. I was better at oils; muck it up; wait til it dries -- then paint over it. hehe

I had an art professor who told us that he would pick up his paintings to see how heavy they were. Even if he were completely happy with the painting the way it was, if it wasn't heavy enough, he would keep painting over what he did until it was heavier. I always thought he was full of crap....still do.

(=^.^=)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 19th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
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I love the color you used.

Thank you!

I was better at oils; muck it up; wait til it dries -- then paint over it.

<g> Yeah, sometimes I really wish there were a way to paint highlights on top of dark colors, since it's so hard to paint around the light areas convincingly. (It doesn't help that one of the books I bought demonstrates with opaque watercolors. Cheater. :-P") I think I'm getting better at it, though.

I always thought he was full of crap....still do.

I don't blame you. That sounds quite silly.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:May 19th, 2005 08:30 am (UTC)
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wish there were a way to paint highlights on top of dark colors

There isn't? My Chinese painting teacher did it with white.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 19th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
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My Chinese painting teacher did it with white.

That only works if the colors are opaque. The colors I'm using are transparent, so painting white over a dark color doesn't give me a highlight, it just gives me a slightly cloudier dark color. (The same goes if I want, say, yellow highlights or some other light color.)

I can get pretty close if I dip the tip of the pencil in water and dot it on the paper, so that it leaves a whole blob of pigment. But that only makes dots. If I try drawing any other shape, the water wears off and it goes back to being transparent. Maybe I just haven't gotten the hang of it yet.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:May 20th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
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Ahh, see I don't know anything about western watercolors. If you're using water color pencils, I've no ideas to offer. If you're using brushes, perhaps the Chinese watercolor technique will be helpful never the less, as Chinese watercolors are no less transparent than western watercolors. Then again, the method of handling the paint may be different, so perhaps not ...

The Chinese technique is to load the brush up with the color you want and then dip the tip in the highlight color. The watercolor paints are thick like a paste in a tube so it's possible to dip the tip in a bit of undiluted paint and not have it run all the way up the brush.

That way the brush stroke makes the shape and the highlight all at once, rather than trying to paste the highlight on afterwards. You also get the effect of the highlight fading into the color properly, rather than an anime like highlight with hard edges. This technique is used for all kinds of bi-color or bi-tone shapes, while I'm very much a beginner and a dabbler, I've had pleasing results on leaves by dipping the tip of a green brush in black or dark green, red flower petals with yellow edges, and purple petals with white edges.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 22nd, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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I do use pencils, because they're easiest to carry with me to work, but thanks for the suggestion! It could very well come in handy.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:May 19th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
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I'm filled with awe at your mad artistic skillz! Drawing kanji is the most artistic I've ever gotten. Which, with the way I draw kanji, isn't saying much.

*admires pretty flowers*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 19th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I'm filled with awe at your mad artistic skillz!

That's really sweet of you to say. My problem is, I can't focus on any one hobby enough to become really good at it. But for dabbling, I seem to be getting pretty encouraging results.
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From:megory
Date:May 19th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)

Just like the ones growing in our garden

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Beautiful!
We were going to take photos of the garden in bloom to send to you, but I see now that you are already picturing it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 19th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Just like the ones growing in our garden

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We were going to take photos of the garden in bloom to send to you, but I see now that you are already picturing it.

I have a bunch of the digital pictures I took last year stored on my computer. But that doesn't mean I would turn down more if you had some especially pretty flowers.
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