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Watercolour Painting => Watercolour Encourager Sessions => Topic started by: Val on May 22, 2011, 08:27:03 PM

Title: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on May 22, 2011, 08:27:03 PM
Decided to give the new paints a try. Much more vibrant than I'm used to, but love the way they flow. Will take a bit of getting used to...what was that they used to say about 'growing in to quality'? I say humbug  :thumbdown: ...I like quality!  :clap:
This is still a work in progress. Haven't painted in quite a while and thought I could use a change and have a bit of fun.  ;D
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: nolan on May 22, 2011, 08:31:38 PM
can clearly see the difference  :yippee:

loving this one Val - really like the mosaic effect  :heeha:
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: dennis on May 23, 2011, 01:19:54 AM
Very good. I see a change in your work - becoming a bit refined, more bolder and with more confidence :clap:

Work on this style a bit more.
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on May 23, 2011, 11:25:27 AM
 :heeha: Oh My Gosh...I have a style!! When did that happen?  :faint: When I started this I had completely forgotten the 'Less is More' rule. Fortunately I used a fairly large brush and painted over a lot of the detail...I'd have been  :pullhair: out for ages over that! Might have had to take up residence in that rubber room of yours!  :2funny:
I was having such a good time playing, moving the paint about that I had it run a bit too much at times...for the most part it seems to have worked out fairly well in spite of me. Thanks for the vote of confidence, onward and upward..  :wave:
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: dennis on May 24, 2011, 07:45:14 PM
Yeah :clap:
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Fortunately I used a fairly large brush and painted over a lot of the detail
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on May 25, 2011, 10:01:11 AM
Just thought I'd stick this in ... this is my paintbox Lloyd bought for me.  :smitten: I don't know if I'll ever use all the colours, I find I tend to stick with the same 6-8 all the time. I'm sure I'll have a go at them all eventually...hopefully not all in some mad swirly thing...  :think: could prove interesting.  :crazy2:
I stuck the name tags in so I'd know what the colours are.  ;D
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: nolan on May 25, 2011, 08:26:25 PM
looks like a pretty decent set - warm & cold primaries and range of common colours to save a lot of mixing time
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Tony (ASM) on June 03, 2011, 03:06:17 PM
Looking forward to seeing how this turns out and, hearing about the journey to the finished art work.
 :)
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: C.Bodine on September 18, 2011, 01:13:00 PM
Val,

I love your sweet little turtle. 

Tina
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: thegrindre on September 18, 2011, 01:45:17 PM
Hey, Val, that pretty good! Looking forward to seeing more of that one.  O0
I'm going to assume you paint in watercolors?
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: patindaytona on September 18, 2011, 06:53:31 PM
Looks great Val! The colors are really intense and nice. Very lively painting.
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 18, 2011, 11:37:31 PM
This guy will be coming back out, I think I've figured out how to do the watery light effect on his shell now. I'm also not quite as intimidated by the vibrant colour. It was a real shocker  :o after painting with the old cheap reeves paints.
Thanks to all for your comments...I'm feeling much more brave.  :strong:
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Kelley on September 19, 2011, 03:00:34 AM
Wow Val  :clap:
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 19, 2011, 09:55:25 AM
Kelley you're a hero...thanks for the push.  O0
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Kelley on September 19, 2011, 02:10:28 PM
I am honored to help you Lass.  :urwelcome:
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 19, 2011, 06:53:14 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: liz on September 20, 2011, 12:22:34 AM
Can't wait to see the finished painting of the happy fella!  :) He's got good swimming form! You're very patient and have good control of your brush to be able to work on the detailed colors and shapes!  :clap:  :flowers:
 
Once when I was swimming, both I and a juvenile turtle, with a head the size of a mature husked coconut, came up the same time for air!  Wouldn't it have been something if someone photographed/painted both of our expressions, right then?  :o
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 20, 2011, 11:54:16 AM
 :2funny: Liz I've often thought that would make such a fabulous picture, but unfortunately I'm always the one snorkelling and freediving with them...and usually have the camera. Lloyd says not many people are able to get as close with them as I do, I never try to touch them, but have had a couple touch me. Thrilling!
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: liz on September 20, 2011, 05:56:21 PM
How wonderful that you snorkel! :clap: :yippee: Go, girl!
So where's Lloyd with the camera?!  I've seen large turtles in a popular snorkeling spot in Kona, Hawaii and a shark along the reef, but can't free dive long enough to take photos!
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 20, 2011, 08:05:51 PM
I've only managed to get one poor snap of a rather shy 4' nurse shark...and I had to chase her to get it! Unfortunately, Lloyd can't dive down so he usually follows me around and just keeps an eye on me....wonder why  >:D
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: liz on September 21, 2011, 03:12:02 AM
It's all about  :smitten:, Val.   ::)
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Kelley on September 21, 2011, 05:06:18 AM
I miss SCUBA diving Val.  I used to go every other weekend when I lived in Panama.  I would just sit down at 30 to 40 feet down on the sea floor and watch critters go by.  It was so relaxing I would almost forget I was underwater. A majority of people I dove with couldn't stay under as long as I could because I'd only use half the tank by the time they were near empty.  Anyhow, it's not easy taking good pictures unless you have a decent camera and underwater gear that can handle the pressure.  Snorkeling is so much easier and can be just as rewarding if you are patient.

Your painting is marvelous so far Val.  Keep plugging away!  :clap:   O0
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 21, 2011, 10:18:57 AM
I don't have diving gear Kelley, we have a hookamax (110v) that has 100' of hose that's good for about 50' depth. Use it mostly for cleaning the boat bottom!  :tongue:  Thinking of having the hose split in two...then Lloyd can do around the waterline and saildrives!  :idea:
Its easier just to snorkel and freedive, plus the turtles won't let you nearly as close with tank...don't seem to like the bubbles!
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Kelley on September 21, 2011, 01:57:50 PM
 ??? Well, that would explain why I've never been able to approach a sea turtle.
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: liz on September 21, 2011, 06:27:10 PM
GREAT!  With your hookamax, you do all the work and have all the fun.  :yippee: I once used the same in a popular snorkeling spot, but only went down 20-25 feet, saw lots of coral and fish.  :) I'm not as brave as you!  I'll bet you have a lot of sea life paintings!  I plan to paint a sunset picture with a seal lying on the beach and secured permission from the photographer already!
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 21, 2011, 11:05:59 PM
Excellent Liz  :clap: I actually started to sketch a cushion starfish today, thinking about making it a painting. Actually I haven't done a lot of sealife at all. Have been thinking about doing  a whole series of seacritters! I think they'd be fun.

Poor Kelley...I found by mimicking their movements in a relaxed manner allowed me to work my way closer to them and sometimes they would swim within1-2' of me just to take a look at the weird turtle!!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Tony (ASM) on September 24, 2011, 06:29:48 AM
I just popped over to see how the Turtle was coming on Val.
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 24, 2011, 10:38:04 AM
He's next in line...I've got quite a few ideas now on how to get the sunlight effect on his back...bit nervous about it but going to give it a go.  :sweat:
Thanks for popping in...I need all the 'nudges'  :knuppel2: I can get!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: nolan on September 24, 2011, 10:48:23 AM
 :knuppel2:


there u go  ;)
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Val on September 24, 2011, 10:58:02 AM
 :2funny: Now I'm feeling loved!  :2funny:
Might have to put him in front of the mountain!!
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: Tony (ASM) on September 24, 2011, 06:33:15 PM
Yeah, pop in front of the mountain.  ;)
Title: Re: Sea Turtle
Post by: patindaytona on October 09, 2011, 07:06:03 PM
How's that turtle coming along Val? That watercolor really has a nice look to it next to oils.
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