Friday, 6 August 2010

Comfort Zone

I'm not sure I have a 'comfort zone' when it comes to watercolours, but if I do this painting certainly isn't in it. I've again decided to tackle something I've never tried before. I wanted to use what I learned making the heat and steam clouds in my Steel Worker painting, but in a different scenario, so I decided to create a war scene with troops deploying from a helicopter in a swirling cloud of desert sand.

Just like my previous painting, I didn't know where to start nor how to get the effects I was looking for. I had a significant problem with scaling part way through and the final painting is the result of a 'rescue' job. I'm not thrilled with it, but I'm not disappointed either given the learning curve I was on. And I certainly did learn a lot from doing it.

6 comments:

  1. I think you handled the sand cloud excellently John. The figures near the helicopter would probably be in a more crouched position to avoid the propeller blades above them. Trying to scale images from different sources into one painting is a nightmare - I know by experience.

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  2. You're certainly being very adventurous these days, John. There's a lot about this painting that I like very much. As Frank says, getting the scale right is very difficult and you have done very well.

    The helicopter is a strong image and I think probably it could have made a painting on its own. Maybe you could have had a few blurry figures in the dust cloud.

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  3. Frank, you're right that the figures near the 'copter should be crouching. I knew the scaling would be tricky but I hadn't realised to what extent. Though it could be better (much) it was fun trying something comletely different. Thanks for your comment.

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  4. Keith, you're right about being more adventurous. The only trouble with that is things don't always work out as we'd hoped. Still, it was an interesting exercise and I learned much from doing it. Thanks for the comment.

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  5. I think this is very cleverly done. The cloud looks very real and the colours are spot on! And from your imagination? Wow!

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  6. Thank you Sandra. To be honest, the more I see of this painting the less I like it. I can't say why, there is just something 'unsatisfactory' about it. My next one is going to be a little more conventional I think.

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