THE OLD BRIDGE

by steve chadwick
(west yorkshire england)

i would value your comments on my first real attempt at watercolour painting, i did this before i discovered this excellent site so having watched the really well presented videos i realise i have a lot to learn but what a fascinating and rewarding hobby i used 140lb cold pressed watercolur paper and a starter set of tubes ,i would appreciate someone explaining what the different grades of paint ,ie student, artist etc bring to the finished painting ,and when is the right time to start buying better quality paints and brushes as i dont want to waste money buying materials that are not going to benifit me many thanks

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Teresa
by: Anonymous

fantastic!!!!

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Great bridge
by: Jill

I really like it.

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Great Painting
by: Suzie U.S.A.

A very fine first attempt, I think you have a gift. Natural talent. Just lighten up some areas so the rest stands out more.

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That 's Alreet that is Steve!
by: Rob

I'm no expert but it ticks all the boxes for me.

Looking forward to more to come from this obvious talent

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Many Thanks
by: Anonymous

Many thanks for the kind words and very helpful observations I will try using a couple of better quality paints and I will use Gail's advice regarding those essential colours hope to post something soon and continue to enjoy everybodies efforts some of which are amazing cheers

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THE OLD BRIDGE
by: Monte

This is just amazing work for a beginner, you are gifted so stay with it.

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Keep At It
by: Gail

Hi Steve,

If this is a first attempt, you certainly already have a handle on the medium... ******

First of all, I think that good paper is the most important and a close second by artist grade paints.

I use Saunders Waterford 200 lb as my favourite ( I think it is made in the UK) and Arches 140 lb as my second choice.

My paints vary but I use Artist Grade using a mix of DaVinci, MGraham, Winsor Newton, and a couple of Holbein... Move up to Artist Grade a tube or two at a time a warm and cool of a shade of the primary colours... If you are going to paint landscapes two "must have" colours are French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna...

Now on to your painting.

Your foliage is really good... The tree on the left has some nice darks in it. Do you see how those darks have really given definition and depth to the tree? I like the light and shadows on the pathway... I would have liked to have seen some light areas in the water reflecting the sky colour and a few light areas on the bridge as well... But all in all, you have painted a very good painting... You should be very pleased.

Cheers,


Gail






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