Your Watercolour Paintings › Tresco Island, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
August 1, 2018 at 22:14 #95175
This is one of mine from early June, so I had only been painting a couple of weeks; a brand new beginner! It’s not perfect and as I wasn’t experienced enough to simplify reference photos, I stuck to the script so to speak. I’m getting better at this now. I messed up in the foreground no the right and did my best to cover it up. LOL
Patrick had mentioned the Isles of Scilly and since I love all the things UK, I had to look up photos from there. Beautiful islands! I used a photo from Shutterstock for this one. It’s hard to get the photo to show the true colors, etc. but this is as close as I can get it. I didn’t think I could draw or paint at all, past attempts as a kid and again as a teen were a flop, but here I am doing it somehow! If I can, anyone can!!!! So take courage and paint!!
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August 2, 2018 at 03:09 #95180
Lovely painting, Lora! The perspective is great. The sky is beautiful. Nice color washes on the roof of the closest cottage as well as well-placed shadows. To contrast with the well-drawn but hard lines of the buildings, I would try in the future to keep the foliage as soft and loose as possible–if that’s the look you want, of course. 🙂 I know when I started using watercolors, I had just gone off acrylics and tended to paint very tight and detailed. It took a while to loosen up.
August 2, 2018 at 08:53 #95182
Two weeks in, thats pretty amazing, you could have pulled off saying that was after a year painting, and it would still be a good one 🙂
Looks like you have a really good eye for perspective and form. One of the things I have struggled with is getting the darks dark enough, you might be missing a bit in the greens, but on the houses they’re great.
August 2, 2018 at 12:25 #95185
You have talent Lora, you’ve only been painting such a short time, it took me years of pawing through books to get to that standard. (If I am that standard, possibly on a good day!)
Tresco is a place I used to visit often while living on St Martins, opposing island to Tresco. It’s a beautiful manicured Island, timeless and magical I miss it a lot.
Your painting looks fresh and effortless, controlled, clean colours, excellent drawing skills demonstrated. It;s all be said above by other members. Beautiful work 🙂
August 2, 2018 at 15:35 #95195
August 2, 2018 at 17:09 #95204
Wow, thanks everyone! I have no natural talent; I had to concentrate and work very hard and totally copy the photo, but it’s becoming a little easier for me in the couple of months since I painted this.
Casper, thanks for the kind words! It really may have been 3 or 4 weeks in. LOL
Casper and Judy are right, I do need more darks in the foliage, not just in the front right where it’s dark and kinda messy (where I tried to cover a mistake). And could’ve been more loose. I was too focused on copying the photo; I still struggle with making a picture my own. Yesterday, I couldn’t even complete the “far distant shore” painting..I messed up on the foliage and overcorrected, and had too much trouble with the vague distant line of buildings, trees, etc. So I was discouraged. But I sure enjoyed seeing everyone else’s beautiful versions! 🙂
Judy, it’s encouraging for me to know you used to paint tight at first with watercolors; I would never know it now! So I know there’s hope for me! 🙂
Patrick, you are definitely above that standard!! I love your style. 🙂 And I’m so jealous of anyone who has ever lived on an island! LOL
Agathe, thanks so much! I like doing buildings, sometimes I can’t do them. I’m a hit or miss painter! I think the key with the sky might be to keep it simple as Patrick does in a lot of his paintings. Sometimes mine are messed up, too, even when keeping it simple. 😉
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August 4, 2018 at 15:33 #95382
Thanks so much, Patrick and K8, for the encouraging words. 🙂 K8, I was thinking the same thing the other day…that painting as often possible is key to the learning process. This week has been crazy busy; hoping to have more time next week to paint. 🙂
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