painting a transparent figure in a finished landscape

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on 12 Jul 2010 1:18 PM

I am working on a watercolor picture.  I would like to include figures from the past as memories or ghosts viewing the landscape.  How can a figure be painted in and still see through it.  I want the figures to be fairly strong in the composition.

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Margo5 wrote
on 12 Jul 2010 2:19 PM

Wouldn't you use the same techniques that you would use with translucent glass?

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on 13 Jul 2010 7:55 AM

margo5

thanks for the suggestion.  I will try it, I just don't want a distortion behind the figures.  I am looking up how to paint transparent glass today.

 

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on 31 Aug 2010 7:28 AM

Thanks Paul:

MI sent in y finished picture for critique.  I don't know what happened to it.  Did you receive it? 

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judyl40 wrote
on 31 Aug 2010 10:21 AM

Hi Marianne;

Your question made me think immediately of a Canadian painter, James Lumbers, who became very popular in the 80's with his "Moments in Time" series, where he used ghostly images to conjure up a nostalgic narrative.

http://www.angelfire.com/biz5/marlene1/JamesLumbers.htm

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on 1 Sep 2010 7:34 PM

Paul:

You hit the nail on the head.  This is exactly what I was trying to do.  These pictures were great.  Thank You. 

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on 7 Sep 2010 4:43 PM

Hi Judy:

Sorry for thanking the wrong person.  The Canadian painter James Lumbers was fantastic.  That is just what I was trying to accomplish.  I ended up not being off too far, but I like the idea so much I am going to keep trying to do this. 

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judyl40 wrote
on 8 Sep 2010 9:11 AM

Smile Glad I could help!

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