Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Tree practice, again.


I wasted three pieces of watercolour paper tonight before I managed to paint something I didn't hate! I couldn't paint on the backs, as they were postcards and had some printing on the back, so I'll just use them for testing out colours. I didn't even get past the sky for one of them.

For this tree, I was only actually interested in painting the tree itself so didn't make much effort with the sky or foreground, but I don't think it turned out too badly. Hopefully this one looks less like a lollipop than my previous efforts!

We ordered my birthday present tonight - Jacksons have a 10% off sale on Maimeri paint until 12 May, so it made sense to order it now. But I'm not allowed it till my birthday which is 24 June so I'll just have to contain my excitement for another while :-)

Back to work tomorrow... sigh.

17 comments:

Alex said...

It's such a good looking tree, and the grass and the fence... everything is great! :) And you said you're practising? Then I can't wait to see the real stuff ^^

Knitting Painter Woman said...

I don't think materials are "wasted" if we learn something OR have fun! Trees are tricky.
(Thanks for sharing the cow, too. I often ask permissions from photographers, but usually paint sheep).

Anonymous said...

This is a WONDERFUL tree!! And the sky and foreground are really quite lovely too!! It's amazing how much you've improved in so short a time! I really like this painting! deni......;)

Kathryn said...

If we never had any failures we would never value our successes, and you have obviously succeeded here as it looks nothing like a lollipop and is very obviously a tree.

I also like you use of color in the picture - just the right amount of coordination and contrast to make it look like a Spring day in the country.

Shirley said...

Lovely! You inspire me to really work on trees this coming summer.

bettyfromtexas said...

I LOVE that sky . . . and the tree is handsome, indeed!!!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Nicely done, Aveen, no wonder you're pleased with it!

marancat said...

Now, that IS a tree! And you have done a really good job with the background - great sense of distance.

lyn said...

Its a great tree!! I like to wet an area and add different colors and roll the paper to let colors mix. Watercolors are full of surprises!
Continued success

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Wow! You have such wonderful T.A.L.E.N.T.S!
I wish I had a fraction of your talents!
Debbie Moss

Ann said...

It's a beautiful tree! You should be very happy with this. The entire composition and color is wonderful. I hope you will paint more trees :)

Florence's Art said...

All that practice was worth it. It is a very lovely tree.

christine said...

This is a beautiful tree, Aveen!

I also wanted to let you know I've given you a Passion for Painting Award on my blog :)

Christine

laura said...

Well, it's lovely ... there's a real feeling of it reaching up into the sky! The surrounding landscape is well-done too: a perfect setting.
Thanks for recommending burnt umber to me: it's a good suggestion!!
(ps my word verification for this comment is "synge"!)

Callie Grayson said...

I think your tree water colour came out fantastic!! beautiful shading and colour blending.

Bagladee said...

Beautiful!! I love it...great job.
x

vickylw said...

Lots of character in this tree! I especially like the color and shaping of the bark.

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