Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"What's Wrong with This Picture?????"

I am having trouble with this. Yellows are notoriously difficult to get credible shadows. I am stumped as to how to make this look better. The only thought I have is to put in an extremely dark background, something I originally wanted to avoid. Hm ...  any ideas???

This was one of the demos I started in class last week. One of the new students [and her husband] have become fascinated with watercolor - YES - and would like to continue with this next Saturday. So ... more lobster ...

I used the idea from this painting I did a few years ago. Yup, there really are yellow lobsters, though they are extremely rare.

This was another class demo. It makes me want to be in Venice again, so I could take photos and draw and paint to my heart's content!!!

Took the dogs out for an early morning walk. Little did they know that it was actually a photo shoot :)

This was one of the images I took. Some of the students want to try poured watercolor, so I headed out today to get some photos with strong value contrasts. 

This is a close-up of the shed from the above photo. It is full of antique farming equipment.

That's about it for now. I'd like to get out early to play with His Lordship before it gets too hot ...

Thank you so much for dropping by!


  1. Lay in the dark background to establish the contrast, then saturate the colors accordingly. Highlights should be the strongest contrast--off the top of my head. First thought your oranges aren't orange enough.

    1. I agree, the oranges need more intensity

  2. I am afraid it does need some dark in the background to make the yellow sing. That is my thought. I love the photos, nice barns!

  3. Kathryn, I think you just need to make your colors more saturated. It reads correctly but with the light background it's getting lost. Leave it light, just more color . It looks great.

  4. Love the lobster!!! If you don't want to put in a dark bg, then get those shadows in the greens and some darks underneath the flower (there are a lot of them that ground the flower in the photo). I think you are getting the yellows and darks - maybe another orange layer over the orange parts you have now to intensify that and see where it stands then. You may not need a background of anything much at all...you don't have a shadow underneath the lobster and he's as cute as can be without it :)

  5. I agree with those who think you should just intensify the color of the flower. A purple background would also help the flower to stand out . xx

  6. Dear Kathryn- I am behind on your posts and just catching up. Looks like you solved the problem. This is lovely my friend.