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Old 12-08-2012, 11:57 AM   #21
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BTW, if you are just starting out I'd not make the mistake of thinking watercolor is a good starting media. It's tough and unforgiving. Unforgiving because you cannot go over it easily like you can in oils or acrylics.
Watercolor is the media that I would love to master. When I was a teenager I saw an old style travel journal with stunning watercolor illustrations and I have been chasing the dream ever since. Unfortunately I am not very good at it. At least, with digital media, I can always "undo" and try again until I get it "right". I also like the fact that With the iPad I don't need to carry a lot of equipment with me. Pull the iPad out and start drawing anytime, anywhere.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #22
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Ha, ha. The first steps of my attempt at a misty seaside with Painter's watercolor brushes. Ruined even further when I tried to add in some foreground sand and rock which I will kindly forgo posting. People who get into it can do nice watercolors with electronic media.
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Very nice Don. Looks like traditional wet-in-wet technique with a bit of hard edge on the hills.
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Watercolor is the media that I would love to master. When I was a teenager I saw an old style travel journal with stunning watercolor illustrations and I have been chasing the dream ever since. Unfortunately I am not very good at it. At least, with digital media, I can always "undo" and try again until I get it "right". I also like the fact that With the iPad I don't need to carry a lot of equipment with me. Pull the iPad out and start drawing anytime, anywhere.
If the iPad gets you into drawing and painting what you see then that is great. Painting makes one study the scene and analyze why it is what it is. You can be an analytical type or an intuitive type and still do this. But it does require tons of patience (with yourself that is).

There is a watercolorist I admire named Trevor Chamberlain. He also does fantastic plein air oils. His books that are out of print seem to sell for very high prices.

Some libraries carry old copies and well worth looking at. One of his oil painting books discusses technique in some depth. Libraries are good sources of "how to" books but I have to *really* admire the artist before following the advice.
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Hmmmm. I'm guessing your avatar is your original art. Never made that connection, that's really cool if I'm guessing correctly...wish I had those skills.
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Hmmmm. I'm guessing your avatar is your original art. Never made that connection, that's really cool if I'm guessing correctly...wish I had those skills.
Yep, it's part of an oil paintings.

I'm also a bit of a nut about blue bunnies. I think I like them because they are somewhat gentle. Although I have to mention that once DW was bitten by a wild rabbit while we were trying to extract him from our fence. It was a defensive reaction from the rabbit but DW did not appreciate that.
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