Sunday, April 3, 2011

Grey Squirrel 2

 
A second attempt to paint the same squirrel. I wanted to do it more wet-in-wet with softer transitions and less explicit dry-brush furry tail. But I don't have good control of the wet paper and paint yet and I ended up correcting and fiddling, so the result is not very different from yesterday's.

14 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Perhaps you have the same problem as I have. I am unable to wait for the paper to dry adequately before starting the next wash. Hence, soggy paper and a ruined painting. My fix is to start over. Do I learn from these mistakes? Not as quickly as I should. I will make this mistake again, guaranteed. Your squirrel is lovely!

Judy said...

Yes I know the problem: not waiting long enough for the paper to dry. I too make several paintings of the same subject to learn from earlier mistakes.
I like both squirrels. I think this one looks very soft and fluffy!

Jane said...

No no no ..this is so much more loose than the one before, the tail is so fluffy and just blows up freely with no hard lines. As well as the body , just beautiful.

Lydie said...

I'm totally agree with jane: the squirrel is more fluffy.
If the paper is not dry enought you can also play on the concentration of pigment (it's easier with watercolor in tube ). If the paper is still wet and the pigment is thick enough, it will run less without making hard edges.

AK said...

Do not get flustered. The unpredictability of water is the most interesting part. Use the unwanted effects to your advantage. And yes this squirrel is as good as any squirrel on earth. Just enjoy.

Ha said...

Unlike other commentors here with technical inputs, I don't have such skills... But I do agree with them that the squirrel is very fluffy and cute and that you've done a great job portraying him!

Blaga said...

Carol, thank you for your comments and encouragement! I was actually trying to finish everything in one wet wash, leaving the more defined details for the drier stages. But my timing was off and I found myself correcting wet areas, which leads to the effects that you describe.

Judy, I’m usually too lazy to start over, but the pencil drawing here was simple enough to repeat. Yes, fluffy was what I was after. Thank you!

Thank you, Jane and Lydie! I’m glad with your comparative analysis :) Someday I’ll be able to paint this with just a few perfect brushstrokes all at the right time ;) I will try to keep your advice in mind, Lydie.

Blaga said...

You’re absolutely right, Asit, the problem is in that desire to tightly control the outcome, instead of letting go and adapting to whatever happens. For example, I like that backrun that happened in the tail. Hopefully with time I’ll learn to let go. Thank you!

Ha, I appreciate much your comments, especially because your view is clean of technical bias. As Jane told me recently, you don’t have to be an expert in something to know if you like it. I’m glad you like the little critter!

frédéric said...

il y a un progres entre le premier et le deuxieme ecureuil.ah! l'aquarelle quel defi mais que plaisir sans cesse renouvellé.ton obstination aura raison d'elle un jour

SKIZO said...

FabulousWorkThankYouForSharing

jane minter said...

he's lovely blaga he looks very soft

Elvi said...

Sei molto brava a dipingere gli animali. Molto bello. Elvi

cathyswatercolors said...

Hi Blaga, both squirrels are a success. Wet in wet and control are tough. I always struggle with what edges are necessary and what are not.

Blaga said...

Thank you, SKIZO, Jane and Elvi, I'm glad you liked it and I appreciate your comments.

Hi Cathy, yes, I know what you mean. Thank you for visiting despite your busy schedule lately, hope you find time to paint soon.