15 November 2015

a sunrise, redone


This is a re-do from a photo of a previously painted sunrise that didn't work out. I'm still not very happy with it . . . But every time I try, I'm learning a bit more.

I tried using two brands of masking fluid here. The one from Daniel Smith was a bit globby going on, dried patchy, and tore the paper in places when removed. In a few smaller places, I tried a new Molotow masking pen. This one really works well, though it looks a bit weird being blue.

10 comments:

  1. I had a little trouble removing the Molotow the other day...perhaps because it was a warm day? So weird...but I LOVE your sunrise!

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  2. I used the Molotow only in very thin lines -- maybe that makes it easier? Or its being brand new? I wonder if the Daniel Smith mask was globby because it is about a year old and had not been used.
    Everyday is still warm here so that didn't cause any problems. Usually in the upper 60s to upper 70s.

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  3. This is a lovely painting and reminds me of an evening sunset I have seen just after the brilliant glow when the sun starts dropping down through the atmosphere.

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  4. There are parts that I wasn't happy with, this not turning out quite as I imagined, but it's a learning process!

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  5. Vicky, I can't imagine what you might be unhappy with in this sketch. I love the soft horizon and that sky! You captured the lights and darks of clouds lit by a sunrise so beautifully!

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  6. The photo looks much better than the actual sketchbook pages. In person, the torn paper jumps out and the masked white ares are "choppy" looking. I think the foreground could have been handled with more care also. But it's all a learning experience!

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    1. I've had trouble with masked areas looking choppy too. I have tried to use the masking fluid on the frothy areas of waves and have never been satisfied with how artificial the whites end up looking, so I know what you mean. I don't know how to fix that though.

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    2. I don't know either. Like you say, the saved whites look artificial. I've tried adding paint in these areas afterwards but have never totally liked the result.

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    1. Thank you, Marva! Texas skies are awesome.

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