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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Watercolor Seashells - Completed Still Life

I think this is 'completed' but I will leave it for a bit to be sure. I darkened the upper half of the sand to add a bit of depth, I may darken it more but need to get a break from it to be sure.
I also lifted out some highlights to the shells to provide more contrast and shape. The darks inside the shells were touched up using burnt umber and burnt sienna.

2 comments:

Billie Crain said...

i like the added depth to the background. you do what i always so....let a piece sit for awhile until i'm either satified with it or have an ah-ha(!)moment and see something i missed or needs tweaking.

Costescu said...

thanks yes I think it helped and I am framing it a bit off center. A friend suggested cropping it for more interest which I think is a great idea and I totally agree but I can't bring myself to give up any of my hard work so maybe for the next painting I will try to think more about losing edges :)

Yes I often do not like a piece fully until I get a bit of space from it no matter how hard I work on it. Then I come back to it and think, wow that looks kind of nice (or oh what was I thinking) but usually 'that looks kind of nice' ;)