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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Crystal Bowl - Watercolor Workshop March Project

This is the March project for the Watercolor Workshop - the project in which we all paint from the same photograph.  This photo was provided by Vicki Greene.  The instructions for the project were provided by Susan Roper and we were to work monochromatically and use the lifting technique for the highlights.  I worked on some inexpensive paper I bought at the Office Depot and found that it does not hold up to wetting, rewetting and lifting techniques with a scrubber...something to keep in mind.  My color was sepia, and the size is approx 5" x 8".

11 comments:

Ginny Stiles said...

I love it and I feel like I can reach over and pick it up.
I have a few small sketches started that I need to go back to finish up. BIG projects need to wait now until I am ensconced in my new home...a week from Friday. The studio gets packed tomorrow! OH MY.

Barb Sailor said...

Good luck with you moving adventure! I'll be thinking about you!

LSVoight said...

beautiful barb! I love how thick and heavy you were able to get the glass to look!

AutumnLeaves said...

Wow, Barb! I thought this was a photograph or a graphite drawing. Surprised to hear your own color was sepia as this looks alot like pencil! As always, your work is superb and that cut glass candy dish looks beautifully crystalline in your painting.

Mary Paquet said...

Beautifully done, Barbara and I am always reminded how much I love a monochromatic painting! You have depicted the crystal beautifully.

debwardart said...

Excellent! Also love your palette knife painting of the teapot.

Gillian said...

Hello Barb - what a lovely blog - thank you for dropping by - nice to 'meet' you.

This monochromatic piece is very clever - not easy either. That lifting out of highlights is tricky especially if you make the mistake of using a staining colour! (been there, done that, LOL)

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

You captured the look of the bowl perfectly, Barb! Wasn't this fun to do? Of course, fighting with paper is not good, but you certainly worked around that problem.

It is interesting to hear again that this looks to be graphite or pencil when it is watercolor. Many of my sepia paintings have a look of Conte or pencil, I am told.

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks to you all for commenting: Yes - I also think it looks like graphite - the paint granulated too and that made it look like graphite; Lisa...I think it looks heavier because I squared off the tops more;Debwardart -thanks for commenting on the knife painting; Gillian ...I greatly enjoyed your blog and your negative painting - my favorite painting technique; Susan - thanks for such great instructions - the project was fun!

Barb Sailor said...

Mary and Autumnart...as always...thanks so much for visiting the blog and commenting.

newmexicomtngirl said...

this is just beautiful. Glass is wonderful in real life and you've captured that perfectly. Looks like I could pick it up. How can I find out more about this 'March project you talk of?
peace n abundance,
CheyAnne
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