Your Watercolour Paintings › Herring
October 5, 2018 at 09:41 #96874
Here’s a painting of our dinner. I’m fairly happy with the fish itself. I did them mostly wet in wet and with the colors payne’s grey, moonglow, indigo and perylene green, oh and some alizarin crimson. However, the painting still looks rather flat to me. Maybe it’s just a terribly boring background. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, so I just painted the cutting board and the table. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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October 5, 2018 at 11:03 #96878
cant suggest what might help but I think they look good enough to eat. 🙂
The colours work and blended together very well.
October 5, 2018 at 11:47 #96881
Lovely painting Agathe. You have really captured the silvery wet look a fish has. You have also given the illusion of form. Excellent job 🙂
October 5, 2018 at 13:35 #96892
Thanks both of you! I tried making the table a little darker and bluer. I’m not sure if it made it better or worse though. 😉
October 5, 2018 at 18:02 #96902
Pete BathoParticipant3 pts
@agathe How else would you paint a fish except wet-in-wet?? Seriously a nice portrayal of the herrings 🙂
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October 5, 2018 at 18:55 #96904
October 5, 2018 at 20:14 #96905
Think the fish look flat just because they’re silver all over so there isn’t any definite pattern to them for you to paint to make them look round. Maybe a reflection of light on them to give them form but it’s very difficult.
October 6, 2018 at 02:45 #96920
Howard WParticipant14 pts
I like your fish.
My guess is that they are really hard to paint with watercolors. Fish can reflect many different colors from their scales. Using opaque paints would make it easier, I think. The way to paint fish with transparent watercolors I would think the artist would have to trust wet into wet techniques and mixing in different colors with this method. Still, I think success would be “hit and miss”; a trial and error process. How would I avoid just making mud?
Agathe, your courage again inspires me.
I am going to have to give painting fish a try. The thought of it makes me nervous and excited. How could that be?
October 6, 2018 at 07:11 #96921
@brian That’s a good point. I avoided putting in any of the scales or patterns in the skin because I knew I’d most likely make a mess. Had I done this as a ink and wash, I’d be able to use the ink to define some details, or alternatively I could have used white gouache for highlights. But I opted out in fear of ruining the fish. 🙂
@hdwalters Looking forward to see your fish! Maybe I can pick up some tips. 🙂
October 6, 2018 at 16:25 #96929
Update: After initially altering the background to a darker color, which didn’t make any significant impact (I had hoped to make the fish pop more), I decided to try to add some detailing with white gouache. I used a rigger brush and some diluted white gouache to add some fish scales and some splatters (to represent the scales that had been scraped off) and a few details to the eyes and gills etc. It seemed to help! The fish look less boring now and they come out more in the painting.
October 7, 2018 at 22:54 #96944
I love what you’ve done here. Very nice colorful painting. Fish looks great. I don’t see how this could be improved honestly.
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