Recently, I have been experimenting with painting magnolias and tulips in watercolor on masa paper. This week I decided to paint a landscape using this paper.
I used the method in my previous post to prepare my paper for painting.
The colors I chose for this painting were: Hansa Yellow Medium, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Rose, Scarlet Lake, Winsor Blue (green), Royal Blue, Winsor Green (blue). In the following photo, I show the different color mixes I obtained using these pigments.
So I asked the opinion of an artist friend of mine who told me the reason it was bothering me was because the value was darker than anything else in the painting and was pulling my eye away from the focal point which was the gazebo. So I photographed my painting and removed the color profile so I could judge the values better.
Sure enough, she was right. So I lifted some of the color from the evergreen.
She also suggested I add some pink in the grass to add some color harmony. This was a little more difficult as I could not totally remove the green. Therefore, my pink became neutralized by the green underneath. In other words, it was not as brilliant as the pinks in the trees.
I was much happier with the painting after implementing my friend’s suggestions. So often, we have been concentrating on our painting for so long, we can’t see the forest through the trees. An artist friend can look at it with “fresh eyes” and see the problem straight away. How about you? Do you have an artist friend that you trust to critique your paintings and make suggestions?
As always, all images are copyrighted. Thanks!