I'm moving on through John Lovett's second watercolor book and now we're onto exercises for the reader! He gives a set of photos at the end of each chapter and we have to go away and paint them using the techniques we've learned. Here's the first photo :
Not very inspiring but let's see what we can do. First a sketch:
Seems like a good plan to me. Keep all the interest across the middle band, plain sky and distant mountains, and nice and loose in the foreground. Pretty much like we did yesterday but this time we're on our own for the details.
Ok off we go :
Amazingly I managed to screw up the sky again the first time round so I went back with a different brush and evened out the wash somewhat. Distant mountains in with a little more color variation than yesterday. So far so good.
Now the foreground.
I think we're still all right here. Making good use of my trusty 1/2" bristle brush and keeping some variation in the washes but not making it too dark.
Now the scary bit - trees!
The middle distance trees are pretty simple and the darks and contrast kept for the middle center of interest trees. Still happy.
Now for gussying up the center of interest and adding in some detail to finish it off.
Phew! Not too bad at all. Didn't overdo the detail which turned out to be a good thing and added in a few splashes of red in the middle panel. The final part was to put clear water on the river piece and drop in some color for reflections. It all came together well in the end.
Now at the end of the book Mr Lovett shows us his take on the pictures (I didn't peek honest). Here's his version :
Ooooh! Now his version bears even less resemblance to the photo than mine and he's obviously got a lot more contrast and simplified the shapes more. Maybe tomorrow I'll risk some glazing on each side on my version to see what happens.