Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Another Day Another Painting

It was supposed to be a rainy day today but low and behold the sun came out. A perfect opportunity for another practice session on the deck.

Found my reference photo....decided to do another fish. Made my sticker again and started painting. In the background were out of focus coral formations and plant life.

When finished the background off with the sticker to concentrate on the fish and the details.

I found this one difficult due to the iridescent detail on the photo. I thought I was done and had all the border tape taken off except the bottom when I decided that the area under the fish needed to be darker.

After I scanned this painting into the computer I checked my values by converting it to black and white. Low and behold I was missing a really light value so this painting is a bit flat.

Well that's why I keep practicing.

5x7 140lb wc paper
See you next time,


  1. Hi Gail,
    Thanks for your comments on my blog! Glad to know it's being read and that you leave me your encouraging words. Great background colors on the fish painting! Annelein

  2. Gail, your work is beautiful! I am truly inspired. I have been wanting to learn watercolour for quite so time now. Do you have any recommendations for a good tutorial book. I am from Nova Scotia, Canada and would prefer something I can get locally.

  3. Hey Annelein, Thanks for looking at my blog. I am humbled by your work so any comments by you are greatly appreciated.

    Anonymous from Nova Scotia, Thanks for your comments, I still can't quite believe that people like my work. I have read quite a few books but my favorites are by Gordon MacKenzie: The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook and The Watercolorist's Essential Notebook Landscapes. You might be able to find one of them in your Public Library to see if it fits your needs. I ordered mine thru Chapters only need one of them don't order both. The first one is more general but I find he repeats the same concepts in the second one and I love landscapes. Hope this helps.