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. 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
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.”
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.
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? ; )
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