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  • Shar Kennett posted artwork in the group Beginners to Watercolour 3 years, 10 months ago

    Taking a deep brrath and posting my version of the Strathmore Gum balls tutorial by Kelly Eddington. Darn! This was so hard!!! Part of the problem perhaps is that I don’t have that much experience using Fabriano paper. Come to think of it: that’s it! No experience! Hah! 20180322_202944

    Shar Kennett posted an update in the group Beginners to Watercolour
    Taking a deep brrath and posting my version of the Strathmore Gum balls tutorial by Kelly Eddington. Darn! This was so hard!!! Part of the problem perhaps is that I don\'t have that much experience using Fabriano paper. Come to think of it: that\'s it! No experience! Hah! 20180322_202944
    Taking a deep brrath and posting my version of the Strathmore Gum balls tutorial by Kelly Eddington.
    • Lol! That’s it – find your story and stick to it. I want to do this exercise but just haven’t had the chance. I think your efforts paid off beautifully!

      • Thank you Sandra. It was definitely a worthwhile exercise. Do I feel the need to repeat it? Well, if I did not have all those portraits waiting for me, maybe. ; )

        • Oh do the portraits! They are so marvelous!

          • Actually, I already painted 2 of them, but was so unhappy with the new watercolor paper I was using, that I painted them both as “quick studies.” Can’t wait to get my hands on Arches paper and paint these two “properly.”

    • Well done! I looked at those and immediately chickened out!

      • Julia, please don’t say that! This was a frustrating, overworked attempt and I shared it as a learning piece. Kelly Eddington is an awesome teacher and yours could be so much better! And, as unhappy as I am with the result, have to admit it was a good learning experience.

    • WOW! These are fabulous!!!

    • Ooooh Shar – you did fabulous!!!! I’m so proud of you!! Those reflective colours are wonderful!!

      Mine are one massive mess and don’t look remotely at all like a ball or three! My learning experience was a mudslide! 😂 😂 😂

      • Thank you Yvonne. Was hesitating posting mine because I thought the same of mine: a muddy mess! Perhaps they look better with different, more generous eyes than mine. : )

        • I read your reply to Rod – Shar, you are so spot on with the emotional baggage we carry from our attempts. (((hugs)))

          Yours really is wonderful though and so very much like the tutorial version.

          Mine fell truly apart at the white ball, which is quite purple after my failed attempts at this lesson. I shudder to think what would happen if I tried the faces. 😱 I said to papa yesterday that I feel the first week was very good for beginners, the second was more for intermediate and these portrait are geared more for advanced. One needs good control of mixes and water levels to achieve week 2 and that’s not something a beginner has from the start, nor learns in a week. I am glad these workshops will be there for a good while as I want to come back in six months and see how things have changed up for me. **fingers crossed**

    • Had to think about this a bit: I am looking forward to being able to look at a painting I have done without the baggage of the memory of all the problems I had trying to achieve the result and falling short of my expectation. There was tremendous difficulty controlling/battling my red and blue pigments staining vs lifting while painting the balls. Worse, I made the mistake of not writing down the pigments/brands used. Glaring to me: the shapes of the shadows are wrong: they came about because of errors with my brushstroke and attempts at “correction” which led to more errors which forced an attempt to match the shadows, which made the shapes “weird.” I see the awesome beauty and ease with which Kelly Eddington paints and understand the thousands of hours of experience it has taken her to achieve that which likely I will never see myself…. Sigh, you had to ask, didn’t you? ; )

    • Have you had a chance to take her portrait class yet? Still on my bucket list.

    • It looks, beautiful. I love the richness in the colours, and the reflections look amazing!

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