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Original Creation

Barn during winter time

Tom0779 14 Oct 2020

This was made in square format 15 x 15 cm. Paper used was professional 100% Cotton from Arches, cold pressed. It is a pleasure to work with such a paper, but it is awful expensive, so I don't use it that often. Painting is done in line and wash technique and was done after a tutorial I found on YouTube. I think about switching to acrylics now, due to the fact that I feel I need to do something different and I want to try the pouring fluid to lengthen the drying time of acrylics and see if blending works better then. Let's see..

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Voy Kay Conqueror of Challenges

The wooden texture is just perfect and I truly adore the worn roof! So few nature yet you create the depth with it in your creation. Same as the shadows you painted there, just brlliant!

Anxiously awaiting your future acrylic endeavours friend Tom!

Sunnylady Community Darling

Tom, this is scenery is so from Russia. Except that hook on the top.

Beautifully done! The mood is great and it feels cold and already in February.

I read article about florals in watercolors and I was astonished with realism the artist achieved. I still keep finding very interesting examples of new applications of watercolors that I have not seen before. One more proof that I underestimated watercolors all my life.

Sunnylady Community Darling

Get a water mist bottle just in case for your acrylic adventure.
Looking forward to hear the story about that new painting and of course seeing it too!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks for all your support both! Your comments always give me motivation to publish more of my paintings. I will now take a few days off from painting to think about what to do with acrylics and how to restart with this medium. My last acrylics painting is from early August, so I think I need a few practice objects before. And as mentioned I never worked with pouring fluid before, but I want to try to get better blending results, especially for the sky.

Another great work Tom! You have really conquered the line and wash technique! Is arches as great as everyone says? My friend gifted me a block but I’m too afraid to use it. Maybe after I get more practice.

For acrylics - get a mister to keep your paints from drying out on your pallet. Golden makes a slow drying acrylic called OPEN which extents the drying time from 2 minutes to about 10-15 in my experience (depending on how thick the paint is applied). They also sell a variety of mediums. I’ve tried several different kinds. They very in thickness, gloss, and transparency. I personally like the open thinner the most for extending the drying time for blending skies. I typically just use it for skies now though. I was trying to use it on everything to try to follow bob step by step but no matter what additives you use acrylics just aren’t oils. It’s not always bad though. It’s impossible to mud mix when adding highlights so long as the under paint is dry - which if you use regular acrylic is about 5 minutes. What I love most about it is if I don’t like something I just wait for it to dry and paint right over it.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks Lilikins. Well regarding the paper, I think arches is a famous brand, but I think others with the same quality are well too (e.g. Winsor and Newton or Hahnemühle).
I think I will do a simple sketch twice, one on a low quality and one on a high quality paper. Then I post both here. So you can judge yourself.

Regarding acrylics. I have painted a lot with them in the past, mostly Bob Ross scenes. But the biggest problem was always the sky. So I try new ways and let’s see.

Sunnylady Community Darling

Tom, this is one of the tricks with flow improver.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks for the hint Sunnylady, it was really interesting to see!

dracula Power Painter

The cast shadows are such a perfect color and convey just the right level of softness and transparency. You seems to be able to express yourself extremely
well in watercolor. Fantastic!

Great shadow and light. Subject matter is to my personal liking (rustic). Nicely done!!

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks a lot dracula & Froggie. Shadows are very easy in watercolor as they are transparent. Color scheme of the shadows is always the same, i.e. I mix ultramarine blue with a brown (Can be Sepia, Van Dyke or Burnt Sienna for example).

Tom, I will be sad to see a break from your watercolors, but looking forward to your acrylics! I think this was a great one to end on. I grew up in the country (no snow), but lots of (we will call them) rustic barns. Mostly, broke farmers unable to keep up on the upkeep, but I always found them beautiful. You really captured it here.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks doggymommee. Currently I am not sure what I would do next. I take a break from painting now. Maybe I did too much recently. Maybe I even continue with watercolors. Not sure yet.

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