Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

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Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Macavity » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:51 am

Dyffryn House
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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Pauline » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:49 pm

Mac. I love the innocence to this painting,
You did a great drawing of Dyffyn House .
You painted a splendid sky and some foreground.
Touched some of the house, sat back and thought "Yeah" !
Nuff said.
You managed to control your colours.
No bleeding.
That is way more than I could ever do.

However, we both know as a finished piece you may need to offer more.
Shading. Contrast. Atmosphere ...

You can do it Mac :)

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Macavity » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:33 am

Thanks Pauline. I'm a bit of a hobby person - poetry, birdwatching, gardening, chess - and this is another :) The immediate benefit is to 'see' more in the landscape, and in gallery visits, but long term it would be rewarding to achieve those tonal values to create Shading. Contrast. Atmosphere...some watercolour craft.

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by JJWilliamson » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:19 pm

Excellent crit from Pauline, mac, for this very good drawing. Your colours are working, up to a point, and the depth is definitely coming through. So a lot of positives. I find developing a contrast between light and dark the easiest route to follow, although "easiest" is probably not the right word. :)

I've been offline again recently, because of a connection problem. Needed a new lead. :)

Keep at it.

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Macavity » Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:18 am

Thanks JJ. I plod on :)

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Macavity » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:36 am

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Picnic with Megan at the Quarry

This afternoon she's tapping time for me, dancing
until her soles are black like slate; it's as though
she threads a tale within her mime - like Gretel
might feed Hansel with crumbs of cake.

I trudge on trails above the bells and past
the mirror of ribbon lake. Descending
I thread my joy, spin tales to tell the Crow
of why I came to prayer so late.

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by JJWilliamson » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:33 am

Good drawing of the chapel and mountains, mac, and a super little poem. I like both.

You could soften your background colours, mainly because the colour blue only really shows when the hills/fields etc are in the far, far distance. Aerial perspective would dull the colour significantly. Your mid-ground colours are weaker than your background colours, and it should be the other way round.

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Macavity » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:02 pm

You could soften your background colours, mainly because the colour blue only really shows when the hills/fields etc are in the far, far distance. Aerial perspective would dull the colour significantly. Your mid-ground colours are weaker than your background colours, and it should be the other way round.
Very good advice JJ. Appreciated. I do enjoy playing with the blues. One of my fav. paintings is by Franz Marc:

http://www.franzmarc.org/The-Large-Blue-Horse.jsp

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Macavity » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:19 am

This is in oils :)

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Mahogany

There's a rustling prayer in this lock,
that rust, those tired screws, this handle
smeared with prints. What lies secured here?

There is no sap, no lust, no vein of life.
The trunk has been severed from root,
planed with blade to serve a closure.

And yet at this hour, as if heavy
beneath a symphony of wet leaves, I hear
the life within this ordinary door.

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by JJWilliamson » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:38 pm

Nice ekphrastic poem for a very interesting painting, mac.

The semi-abstract nature of the painting adds to the mystery, and the colours are very eye-catching. I like it!

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Re: Mac's Watercolour Attempts December

Post by Macavity » Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:51 pm

Thanks JJ. It's upside down on my i-pad, but right way up on my lap-top :? :)

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