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chinapete
04-05-2012, 05:52 AM
... "chalk wash" ... w/c over chalk at pencil width ...

Steve B
04-05-2012, 06:11 AM
Chinapete, this has some lovely texture. What are you doing to achieve this? It's both simultaneously soft and yet has some visual grit to it. You're also getting some nice play of various values. Are you actually laying down color with the chalk first, and then "blending" with watercolors over the top of it, on the same layer?

gxhpainter2
04-05-2012, 06:39 AM
chinapete.. wow I have to agree with Steve B our resident W/C master.. this has some amazing qualities to it...luminous colors subtle and they appear to shift and move.. ( or maybe that is my meds from this morning..;) )

eighty+
04-05-2012, 07:04 AM
Hi Pete Looks like the same beef :eek::eek: but then I haven't a clue :D:D:D

Too high Tec for this old sod :confused::confused::confused::(:(:(:D:D:D

chinapete
04-05-2012, 07:54 AM
Thanks everyone for the feedback ...

I've got to get away from that "hourglass" design, thanks eighty+ ... I always tried for watercolor in oil, in natural mediums I used to prefer soft pastel brushed out with an oil drier "wash" on rough paper and I was trying to imitate that effect here ...

In the digital world I'm partial to the chalk tool because it faces to water and oil ... This is a one-layer chalk ground with w/c overlay, still at the experimental stages ... There are repetitions of chalk over water over chalk throughout ... I suppose some of the effects could be gotten more easily or efficiently with the palette knife, but that's too blunt an instrument for my purposes ... Edges are critical ...

... I've appended a thumbnail of a chalk wash on resident AR Rough Paper, I hope it will give some idea of the process ...

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Shibui
04-05-2012, 09:37 AM
A nice surprise from you. I love it!

gxhpainter2
04-05-2012, 10:15 AM
thanks for the technique tip..:):D

jibes
04-05-2012, 10:27 AM
Great effect CP! This will be very useful I'm sure! I'll have to give it a go.

justjean
04-05-2012, 11:02 AM
Wonderful colors and effects in this one :)

chinapete
04-05-2012, 12:10 PM
Thank you everyone for the generous comments ... Fine print: apply technique with caution, likely to deteriorate the quality of your artwork, hehe ...

Steve B
04-05-2012, 01:32 PM
I just tried this out, and it worked.... somewhat.

I layed down various colors of chalk, but then I began to think-- well, when I lay down watercolors, I'm going to need to pick a color and a wetness. What are you using? Because the wetness, opacity, and color of the watercolors was giving me wildly different effects,but all of them relatively "smooth" texturally. Comparatively, you've still got some texture left in the painting in your first post.

chinapete
04-05-2012, 01:40 PM
My approach is not to think about color, or line, or form as I paint ... I envision the final effects before I start, so whatever I begin with then is amplified everywhere in the final work ...

The color sampler helps create an echoing effect, I hardly ever introduce new colors after the initial idea is set down ... The rest is modulation -- often I switch between wet and dry strokes, and wet and dry paper modes, I don't keep track of these ...

If I cannot reproduce what I see in my mind, I stop ...