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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sea Turtle

The August project for Watercolor Workshop where everyone paints from the same photo is this sea turtle. It was really fun painting it - I did a poured background with Golden fluid acrylics and salt and then finished the painting with watercolors. A cyber-artist friend, Ruth Bodycott, suggested bringing the water in front of the turtle, so I lifted out paint with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and also added some of the turquoise fluid acrylic in front of the turtle and then it really did look like the turtle was in the water. Thanks for the suggestion, Ruth! Now I like it!

7 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

Wow Barb, this is beautiful!

Barbara Sailor said...

Thanks, Vicki! It was lots of fun painting it.

Angela said...

I love this - especially the colors. It's so hot out today and this painting instantly made me feel cooler!

Barbara Sailor said...

I also love those cool colors, Angela. Thanks!

Ginny Stiles said...

Gosh, Barb...I have painted sea turtles a number of times...but this one is superb! I had forgotten about Magic Eraser..thanks for the reminder. It also brought back the memory of a workshop I took from Karlyn Holman. Do you know her work? (see karlynholman.com) She teaches a fun workshop on sea turtles. She plants her sea turtle underwater too, if I remember right, by doing a wash of ultramarine or phalo blue, over portions of the turtle. That works well too. I like your work with the acrylics in this way. Beautiful work!

lifeartist said...

I really like this!

Barbara Sailor said...

Ginny - Thanks for your comments - I went to Karlyn's web page and was very impressed with her watercolors. How great it would be to take a class from her. She is almost a neighbor of yours in the far north - Eh? Have a great weekend.

Lifeart...thanks for visiting my blog and your positive comment. It is very appreciated.
Barb