I agree some interpretation should always be left to the viewer...I queried the size of the board simply because everything else was so well defined.
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feel free to make constructive c/c...no digital alterations please
looked at page one of the Gallery...good way to do it . Thanks for making the effort on our behalf.
Hello Alex.....glad you had a laugh and not a squeal!
re. the harvest painting...plein air makes for working fast and painting only what you see and not what you know is there. I know this area very well as I used to walk my dog past the farm every day. Thank you for commenting..appreciated very much.
Hello Bonnie...thank you for commenting too........I used a very fine rigger brush to draw with and an 8 round sable for the rest (has to have a good point on it)..
Decided to support the Bumblebee (our bee population is declining rapidly) so used part of the sunflower to give it food. I have painted/drawn dead bees in the past as future ref. material...never know when you are going to need details!!!!
Original 5" x 7" approx on Heavy Bockingford.Not. Watercolour
Sarah, wonderful bee/sunflower painting. We also are losing our bees and I don't know if there is enough concern about it. My apple trees in blossom used to hum continually with bees and now we can hardly hear the odd one. I love your bee with the transparent wings reflecting the sunlight, the fuzzy body and hairy legs also the yellow on the sunflower is great. I think you are very skilled with the rigger brush. I tried working with one this morning and it is going to take some practicing.
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated
Sarah, a lovely painting. I especially like the shadow of the bee and the delicate translucence of its wings. The decline of the bee population is catastrophic ...
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Hello Bonnie and Alex,
many of us here leave our gardens unkempt so that the bees can have a life...I have seen very few butterflies this year...I noticed in the butterfly ref. photo that its wings are tatty ...are your butterflies in decline too?
Thank you both for your comments.....I must say that my studies of the real thing are much better!!
Hi all, Thought I'd do the dog photo with some minor changes 11x14 140# rough paper watercolor
PS we have noticed a decline in butterflies as well but we attributed it to all the rain we've had
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Fred, your dog has the best eyes. I'm not to sure of the story behind this. The fellow looks like he is in the dog house and is bringing flowers with the missus meeting him with the rolling pin probably because he's still carrying his moonshine. Your hound is great and ready for a hunt by the looks of it.
Sarah - BEAUTIFUL farmstead watercolor. You have such an eye for value creating depth and dimension. Every brushstroke has a purpose creating this wonderful scene. I have never tried plein air - think I'm intimidated by it. Looking at your beautiful piece inspires me to give it a try.
(side note: I totally get what you're talking about with large
machinery on the road. Tractors and equipment are getting wider, but
the road isn't - Oh well, they just pull off to the side and let me pass
I also like your bee on the sunflower - Very Sweet!!! The translucent wings are my favorite.
Fred- I love your dog with the minor changes. His eyes look so mournful - guess that's where the phrase "dog eyed" comes from? I always look forward to your next adventure. Here is my take on the scene- Wife is making pie and hollerin for Husband to hurry up with the "special ingredient" that she needs to make the filling. Hound is just going to have to wait to go hunting. I really like the fuidness of your style - especially in the rocks.
Thanks Sheila...plein air is the only way to absorb the colours as they are at the time.....make notes of your mixtures for indoor painting! I almost never paint in artificial light either.
do you mean 'dog tired' or 'doe eyed'? re. Fred's painting? Dog eyed is a new expression to me..is it an American saying? Learn something new every day.
Fred, love this one ... Very humorous ... Great faces on man and dog!
Bonnie, Exactly what I was thinking as this progressed
Sheila I think I like your interpretation instead of mine a more pleasant outcome
Alex, Thanks, glad you liked it
Hello all, here is my version of the sunflower bud. It's painted with watercolor pencils on 5" x 7" hot-pressed paper.
Alex, your sunflower bud is lovely. You have so delicately illustrated the lighter outer edges of the sepals that look so nice with their long pointy tips. A very nice painting.