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07-09-2014, 08:35 PM
I have been spending a lot of time experimenting and practicing with watercolour brushes and papers and I'm quite happy how this one turned out. I did use a reference image but no tracing or colour selecting.


07-09-2014, 08:58 PM
You can certainly be happy and proud of this marvel You got! Really fine watercolor!

07-10-2014, 02:58 AM
it is beautiful flower ,beautif watercolor!

D Akey
07-10-2014, 04:23 AM
I love the blossoms especially. The leaves look a little more opaque, but that comes with painting green on green within a very close value range.

The lovely red and green wet blending really works because you can let the paint bleed and it's controlled to where it stays where you want it. Something to keep in mind to exploit in choosing more subjects -- assessing the source by how well it would play on the page using this technique. . . ie how contrasty is it both for color and value.

I love this one. Good for remembrance as well, which looks like it was the message of the picture.
The splashy vermillion dots suggest that intention. Very subtle (if that's what you were after), and it comes through.

Very lovely painting, Enug!

So are you back now from holiday? How did it go? Did you eat too much, like one ought on holiday?

07-10-2014, 05:57 AM
Splendid painting.....:cool::cool::cool::cool:

07-10-2014, 01:49 PM
Thanks everyone for the lovely comments.

Mr. Akey I knew something was not quite right about the leaves and now thanks to you I now know what went wrong! I have made a stencil from them and will see if I can make them more translucent.

About the trip - no, not there yet. We are in the throes of packing. The kitty-cats go on vacation on Saturday and we go on Sunday. I have gone easy on eating this week in anticipation as if that will make much difference.;)

Two months ago I had stem cell therapy on my arthritic knees and the result is amazing - not quite jumping over tall buildings yet but it does mean that the trip will be more comfortable/enjoyable. Going over to the UK for a few days after the River Cruise and hope to find the magical woods of my childhood.

07-11-2014, 12:58 AM
Sounds like you have a new lease of life which is so good, hope you enjoy your time over here in England. Love the painting it is so gentle and refreshing:)

07-11-2014, 01:39 AM
Thank you Coops - I've listened to Mr.Akey's comments about the leaves and I think they are looking better.

I will be in Yorkshire for two days - can you arrange some sunshine for me please. ;)


D Akey
07-11-2014, 02:40 AM
Oh yeah! Nailed it!!!!!! Brava!

I don't ever want to hear you say you're not an artist. Too late for that now. And here's the proof.

07-11-2014, 02:44 AM
Enug, you did a beautiful job on these poppies, sounds like you are in for a wonderful trip as well.. hope you are still able to post and visit us here..:)

07-11-2014, 12:07 PM
FWIW, I liked the original background with the added color accents. Either way a lovely, delicate, image.

07-11-2014, 05:51 PM
Dear Mr. Akey thanks for guiding me along the way. I refer to you and Ms Copespeak as my mentors, when speaking of ArtRage to my husband .

And gxhpainter I appreciate very much your comments. I always view your abstract paintings but don't know enough about the style to comment. I'm mesmerised however, by the shapes and colour.

We are advised that the satellite supported internet on the ship is not always reliable but I certainly will check on you all as much as I can.:D

Thanks also williamK for your input. Backgrounds have always been one of my bugbears. I was tempted to leave the poppies to stand on their own but it looked so bare.:confused:

07-11-2014, 06:06 PM
Such a dear little painting! You are doing really lovely work. :)

07-11-2014, 06:32 PM
With much thanks to you dear Robyn.

07-12-2014, 04:57 AM
Just a little note to Mr. Akey - to broaden your knowledge of Downunder - my home state of South Australia, was settled as a free state, meaning no convicts were shipped here. However they have slipped across the border from the other states so we are no longer as elite as we once thought we were. We also now have our share of homegrown convicts.

D Akey
07-12-2014, 06:01 AM
So yer people moved and settled into a place without conviction? Well hopefully you've outlasted the blaze feelings and come to love it for hearth and home. I'll bet it's beautiful.

It's a bit abstract to me about how cold it would get when you get that far south. We have or had a regular poster, ScottF (I think there's an F on the end) who retired to the tip of South America. Again, hard to picture without having felt the air what the climate would be compared to in North America. I'm all about climate because ironically I'm in a very hot place in Southern California and heat and I don't get on well. So I see latitudes that are nearer to the poles and I weep from envy.

Right, your dossier just arrived and you are NOT, repeat NOT a criminal. Congratulations. Interpol is no longer going to be a sticking point for your vacation. You may move freely throughout the land, without shackle or restraint. . . assuming you can somehow manage to visibly stay out of mischief. . . just be aware of the digerri do's and dont's of the places you visit.

07-12-2014, 07:37 AM
Lovely poppies Enug.

By eck, we've had some splendid weather in Yorkshire at the moment. It's warm and dry currently - a bit cloudy with bursts of sun. Perhaps not Aussie levels of heat but good by UK standards. Hopefully it will stay nice for you when you head over :)

07-12-2014, 07:53 PM
Thanks Mr. Akey for checking out my non-criminal status - I have dual citizenship with the UK so I think they might turn a blind eye. However the US was not so welcoming once when visiting Hawaii - thru the fault of the airline it was indicated that I was travelling without a visa (I did in fact have a visa waiver) so I was escorted last off the plane by an official with a walkie talkie and taken to a holding area until this mistake was sorted out. I think they described me as an 'íllegal alien' - I felt like I was green, had three arms and a single eye in the centre of my forehead.

The weather in my part of the world is generally described as Mediterrean, long hot dry summers and mild winters. However this last month has been the wettest and coldest for about 40yrs. Winters are short and generally down to 15 - 16C but this week and apparantey next week more like 12-14C

I live in a wine growing area an hour from our Capital - Adelaide and about a three hour drive north from here is the start of the Outback.

I have visited LA - the obligatory Disneyland followed by a 3wk bus trip from LA to NY. Texas reminded me very much of home.

Thank you Bertrude too. I will be in Yorkshire for two days at the end of the month so keep the good weather going. I have a friend (internet) who is also a member of an digital graphics forum and we are finally meeting in the flesh so to speak - hence the visit to West Yorkshire and the magical woods.

07-12-2014, 11:48 PM
A precious painting of poppies. :) And the changes you made to it really pay off. Very beautiful Enug.

D Akey
07-13-2014, 11:16 AM
Sorry about the mix up trying to get to Hawaii. Sad parting for a time from the little cats, but you'll see them again soon enough. Just bring them back some imported catnip, and they'll consider it all fair and square. They can be bought if they're anything like mine.

So if the cats are in kennel, or whatever they call that babysitting, you're about to depart for your trip! Have a fun and safe one!!!!! And don't forget to paint. You're a proper card carrying dual passport wielding itinerant artist. See a couple museums if you get a chance! Bon Voyage! :):):):):):cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:

07-13-2014, 02:23 PM
This is really great. I love what you have achieved here. Simple with extreme elegance and complementing colors.

07-16-2014, 08:32 AM
Thank you so much[B]Tonyjazz[B]I'm on a cruise ship between Budapest and Vienna and am lucky enough the the internet signal is strong enough tonight to be able to get into ArtRage. ;)