Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Detail of Watercolor EDM 69 Teatime

I know I made the silver spoon too dark, but really don't know what I could have done other than use a lighter value to make it look real. Any ideas out there? Tricks you've used? It just doesn't look silverish, or reflective. What do you think might have worked better? Thanks.

8 comments:

AnastasiaC said...

welcome to EDM - this is wonderful!! I love tea too!

melissa w said...

Gorgeous! I love the reflections on the spoon and your composition. Glad you found time to get some painting done!

Lin said...

WOW!! I am so glad you're okay -- life does tend to 'move us off our path' sometimes -- but so glad you're back to painting. This tea cup, saucer, and spoon are AWESOME!!! I haven't a CLUE how to make anything look silver - mine always look GRAY! But these are incredibly well done and beautiful!!! BRAVA!

shirley said...

I have less than a year experience and no formal classes using watercolor, so I can't comment on your relective surface question. however, I wanted you to know that I just looked through your blog and love your work. Please keep sharing with us - hopefully our desire to "see" will inspire you to "do".

Linda T said...

But the spoon DOES look silverish and reflective. I think it works very nicely. Thanks for the reminder that a timeout to draw is a good thing.

Jan said...

It looks silverish to me. The only thing I can suggest is the old - the darkest part sits right next to the lightest part. That creates contrast and something for the light part to 'bounce' off. But this is a great painting.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I am linking to yours as I type this...

Karen said...

Nel, I think it has a good silver tone. I agree with Jan on the darkest lightest ... and I think I would have reserved a bit of white here or there for a reflective highlight. it's usually the very sharp highlights that "sell" the shininess. If you're handy at Photoshop, try adding the white on a separate layer on your scan and see what you think.

Carole said...

I just love the light in your creek pictures - beautifully done. And this tea cup has got me gasping to go and put a brew on. Very delicately done. I really can't offer suggestions, being a watercolour beginner.

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