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09-20-2011, 09:17 AM
My first watercolors. 100% Watercolor. Fun to do. I know that there are great watercolorists here in the forums. These are my first steps... need to learn more. Hope you like it.

Observation: I have the impression that the watercolors displays the colors with a higher intensity, colors seems to be more vibrant and vivid.:confused:

09-20-2011, 10:10 AM
Very nicely done Oriane.. :):)

09-20-2011, 10:43 AM
All are so well done, but I love the red boat!:):):)

09-20-2011, 01:34 PM
Wow Oriane, hope to see many more watercolours from you as these are stunning :):eek::)

09-20-2011, 06:47 PM
congrats on great w/colours! love the red and blue contrast in the boat one.

09-20-2011, 07:33 PM
Blimey. Doc. No your retired. There's no holding you :eek:Your giving

Us the full 5 star treatment it's going to be hard to keep up

With you I like the people round the fire congratulation on your W/C

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D---- E/S

09-20-2011, 07:58 PM
beautiful paintings Oriane. maybe they are a little toward the opaque like gouache. very lovely indeed.

09-20-2011, 11:41 PM
Your paintings are always a joy to view dear Oriane and these are no exception. I guess you would know which is my favourite as you know how much I love flowers. Well done dear friend.:)

09-21-2011, 01:23 AM
Oriane, very nice wc, love the wc, I try to get loose with it but have some difficulty, but enjoy wc so much:):):)

09-21-2011, 02:25 AM
How lively and colorful! Your magnificent art and style pops out also with a much different tool like watercolor!

09-21-2011, 02:27 AM
Oriane.. nice work with the watercolors... i worked with watercolors for many years and as a observation these indeed look like gouach as the color is opaque.. with watercolor as they are more transparent in nature than gouach or acrylics you work from light to dark with the darker more saturated colors on top but thinned out to allow the colors underneath to show and create the build up... these are great paintings....

09-21-2011, 03:22 AM
Great job on your first watercolors!!! They are marvelous! I can't wait to see more.

09-21-2011, 02:07 PM
Love them all dear Oriane!

09-21-2011, 05:23 PM
Fantastic work Oriane!

09-22-2011, 10:18 AM
Wow:eek::eek::eek:, thank you all very much.

Albert I fully agree with you and Gary... this clarifies my impressions about color. I've done 3 more and would like your opinios as well. Thanks. Albert saw you work in the after nine... Fantastic:eek::eek::eek:

1st one is The Fog Horn. I've tried to emulate the traditional watercolor from the artist Mary Churchill in this free lesson.


2nd one is the Old Eglise, Jurujuba in Niteroi, just by Guanabara baie, 10Km from my home.

3rd is just a boat that needs more working.

09-22-2011, 10:48 AM
Lima.... definitely gaining ground on the watercolor look with the loose and fluid feel of these... the purple dots in the water are a bit too opaque for my taste. I am wondering about lowering the opacity to 20-30 % as you build up the layers if that might keep that transparent quality... also maybe the base layer if toned ( off white ) and given a good texture would show through giving an even more W/C quality... fun to watch a great talent experiment..:cool::cool::):)

09-22-2011, 10:10 PM
Very original and wonderful watercolours à la OrianeLima!

09-23-2011, 12:19 AM
The colors in these are extremely pleasing. I would say your watercolor works are every bit as good as the best.

09-24-2011, 11:45 AM
Gary and Caesar thank you very much.
Bobbi thank you:):):)

D Akey
09-24-2011, 12:57 PM
Very nice, Dr. Lima.

I agree that they look like gouache. . . which is cool in itself. I like that kind of paint.

Your marks seem careful and on the small side. Is that how you normally work or are you experimenting with subjects that have lots of changes in them so smaller strokes are the way to go?

It's interesting to see your thinking, as these speak a lot of islands of colors, like paint daubs that an impressionist or a plein aire painter with smaller brushes in his kit might make. Water colors, opaque and translucent can use large strokes through soaking larger parts of the paper strategically as it were, and then do some tricks and tighten up this and that with detail.

But large sections of wet paper might make for quickly drying in the sunlight outdoors thus requiring sweeping fast work. Or, it could suggest working in smaller strokes.

So it's a question of which is leading the painting, the intention of the artist who is after a style, or the behavior of the materials. I particularly like the atmospheric/weather painting at the top of this last batch with the boat with the yellow deck.

Any way you look at it, it's exciting. As an artist, you're always an inspiration on many levels owing to your enthusiasm for the whole experience from the artistic to the alchemical.

Success, Doctor.

09-24-2011, 01:32 PM
Very beautiful.....:):):)

09-25-2011, 11:26 AM
Akey and Kenmo thank you very much.

Dear Akey. Those brush strokes where done respecting the small size of the painting area of the canvas. They where done intuitively, au fur et à mesure... I understand what you say. But as a matter of fact, I always got lost when making big big strokes that ocupy too much space in a certain area of the painting... they make me lost the sence of proportion.

Definitely AR watercolors is not my preferred tool... I sincerely think I am a neophite in watercolor painting technique. I agree with that guache aspect and I like it too, and I think it is very very beautiful.

By the way, many great watercolorists used guache intermingled with watercolors in the same painting. Egon Schiele was one of the greats to use Gouache and watercolor (See image below). Another great one was John Singer Sargent (see images below) a fantastic watercolorist among many many others (see a list done by Wyeth below).

In a certain way I fell intimidated by the watercolor technique and also I don't understand exactly how the presets works. But it is a real challenge, it is fun to do and at the same time demanding and dificult to obtain a real watercolor effect. I might well not put to much effort in those studies (experiments?).

Other thing that I think is very difficult is to obtain correct values with very high or very low chroma hues (intensity or purity of color) without going opaque in a certain way.

For sure a watercolor (technically well painted) is a wonderful way to make art.

Thank you Akey you really know how to interpret and analyse a painting. What you say is always something to reflect and cultivate.

Andrew Wyeth list. March 2006

1. Milton Avery (1893–1965)
2. Charles Burchfield (1893-1967)
3. Charles Demuth (1883-1935)
4. Arthur Dove (1880-1946)
5. Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
6. Hardie Gramatky (1907-1979)
7. Morris Graves (1910-2001)
8. Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
9. Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
10. Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
11. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
12. John Marin (1870-1953)
13. Reginald Marsh (1898-1954)
14. Thomas Moran (1837-1926)
15. John Pike (1911-1979)
16. Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983)
17. Maurice B. Prendergast (1859-1924)
18. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
19. Millard Sheets (1907-1989)
20. William Thon (1906-2000)

1st left figure Egon (guache and watercolor)
2nd right figure John Singer Sargent (guache and watercolor)
3rd lower figure John Singer Sargent (watercolor)