OK an old image for the New Year, but I wasn’t happy with my first attempt at ‘Entering Ainsdale Woods’. So here’s a second go and a title that saves overtaxing the troll’s sticky fingers.

I always have difficulties with light foregrounds against dark backgrounds and on the first one I had to resort to gouache to make some reclamations. I also felt the background tree trunks were too uniform and the dog needed repositioning. The first one looked quite good on the screen but the original didn’t stand up to close scrutiny – so that’s why you’re getting it again. This one has a lighter touch and brings out the sunlight on the autumn leaves which was something I was after.

So in compensation for repeating work, here’s a second painting, this time a repeat of ‘Receding Tide’. Hopefully I have now got the still wet feel of the shingle which I felt was missing on the first go and I extended the amount of shingle to break up the textures .

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  1. Nice work, Graham! These both came out so well but personally I like the woods better…lovely sunlight and PEOPLE. Doing a painting a second time is something I too find worthwhile, from time to time – sometimes it’s just the best way to fix all those things that niggle, starting from scratch!

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    • Thanks Hilda. There are times when I need a couple or three goes to address some of the issues. On the first go you suddenly realise what you have let yourself into and being a bit impulsive I find myself up a lot of blind alleys.
      As you say, and particularly with watercolour, you just need to start again and learn from your mistakes.

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  2. two good pictures, you have captured the pebbles at the front looking wet alright but i feel you should have made the larger rocks with more colour too as they are the same tone as the rocks in the mid distance, just saying..

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    • I was very wary of going in too dark on the rocks because I wanted to keep the tops light – as if they too, were wet. So to create recession I used just hue – greying out into the background rather than tone and hue.
      Now that the dust has settled, I agree with you, I think that there is room for a bit more tonal contrast and I could look at some glazes of colour to create that. It might even accentuate the lightness on the tops of the near rocks.
      Thanks for your input, Steve.

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      • Thank you graham, i only say what i see, i am not a professional painter nor even a decent amateur one, but i do know hue, value and chroma, thank you for allowing me to have my say..


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