Monday, August 17, 2009

August 17, 2009 - Day 7

Da Vinci watercolor on
140 lb Bockingford cold press watercolor paper

Very frustrated again today at my lack of ability. I would love to paint vibrant landscapes of the places that really inspire me however every time I try they fall flat.

After I scanned the painting into my computer I played around with the image a bit. This is what it looked like once I tweaked the brightness and contrast.

This is closer to how I WANTED the painting to turn out.

I just wish I knew how to paint the brightness and contrast so that it would look more like the altered image. Previously I have tried adding darker colors to the shadows but then it just turns ugly on me and completely ruins the painting. I guess I have to remember to paint the mid-tones and shadows at least 3 shades darker than what I think they should be. I will have to try that next time I paint a landscape.

One good thing about this project though, I think by the end I will be able to look back on everything that I have painted and say "OK, I can do a really good job painting this type of subject but I could use more practice painting that type of subject.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this water color painting is rally looking awesome, I wish I can do such painting as pretty as it is.


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