You know how I love this particular Youtube creator, because she speaks my local language. I particularly loved her advice this morning not to overwork the ripples on the water--"who cares? People get that it's the ocean." But then I didn't actually take her advice. I totally overworked my ocean, but, hey, people still get that it's the ocean. I have a particularly muddled mess underneath that the sentiment banner. My other issue was that I think my favorite paper (Fabriano Hot Press) let me down today with respect to the clouds and sun. I just couldn't dab off the color and get the white clouds and sun to show. In the end, I really wanted the sun and clouds to be white, so I grabbed my white reinker and painted the sun and clouds in. After I added the sentiment and Stickles to make the water sparkle, I felt that it needed some birds, but I didn't want to draw them in myself and mess it up. I wasn't sure if I had the proper stamp, but luckily I found it in my TCP collection.
Registered: July 9, 2008 Location: Stars Fell on Alabama Posts: 68128
Wed, Jan 19, 2022 @ 8:08 AM
Your post tickled me today. I think you did a great job with the ocean and the reflections. I had a time with the sun, also. You wouldn't believe all the ways I tried to do it. Ha The added birds are perfect.
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So beautiful! This hollers, "come and relax" to me! So fun that you added the birds with a stamp. I can't remember which tutorial we did but I was too afraid I would mess up hand painting the birds so I left them off. I smile when I know we are using this artist because you have mentioned in the past you enjoy that she speaks your language!
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Registered: January 27, 2010 Location: Southern Ontario, Canada Posts: 47190
Wed, Jan 19, 2022 @ 3:04 PM
I think this is a lovely scene Jen - pretty colours which make for a wonderful scene. A thought regarding the clouds and sun is that the sky was not wet enough, not soaking, but it still has to be more than damp to really get a good lift. You might want to try testing using your Fabriano paper and different colours and good absorbent paper towel. I hope this helps.
Registered: October 19, 2007 Location: Packer Country, WI Posts: 66972
Wed, Jan 19, 2022 @ 5:01 PM
It really is a lovely scene. Glad you can discuss what you thought was difficult. We all can learn from these thoughts. I had problems getting the cloud forms to be as white as I wanted. Did add more water to the paper and pressed harder with the paper towel. Your water is beautiful, especially like some of your vibrant blue waves. TFS