Sunday, January 30, 2011

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I've been having fun for the last couple of weeks teaching myself how to paint watercolours.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

You've covered the numbers up well.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well done Lou!

ZenTiger said...

Nice.

I didn't know there was that much wildlife left in Africa.

Lou Taylor said...

There is plenty but still no Tigers

homepaddock said...

If this is what you accomplish teaching yourself there might be a better future for you in art than cows.

James Stephenson said...

Hope you'll take constructive criticism Lou, you're trying to put too much detail too far into the middle and background (something I struggled with too). Good start though, I can recommend Alwyn Crawshaw's stuff to learn from.

Lou Taylor said...

Thanks James
I've really just been mucking around trying different things. I just happen to like landscapes as much as animals.
I quess that when I paint NZ landscapes I might struggle to include the Big 5.
I could include some cows to keep Ele happy!!

pdm said...

Lou she would probably want to see a couple of sheep as well.

Good stuff though and should we call our friend JS a pedantic pom - lol. After all you are a newbie at this game.

buy printer said...

The art is very striking, it even seems that it was seen through the eyes of a beast as well. Nice job!

Flashman said...

Good work. Two hopefully constructive points:

On account of the bright sun, the shadows in Africa are much darker - almost black and binary [no intermediate shading].

Also the wildlife depicted is rarely seen out in the open during hard daylight - consider adopting dawn and twilight settings.

Flashman said...

Another quick point...

The horizons and long range vistas are too clearly defined - very New Zealandish.

In Africa the air is laden with dust which results in the outlines of daylight horizons and hills being softened by a purplish haze that blends into the sky.

Lindsay Mitchell said...

You should be pleased with your efforts Lou. Not listening to too much advice on what is 'correct' will enable you to develop a distinctive style. Look at the art that appeals to you and learn from that. Ooops. Just gave some advice.

Lou Taylor said...

Thanks Flashman
Actually the dawn dusk thing is a bit of a myth for the tourists so the guides can have the heat of the day off.
The best safari is to go out for dawn and stay out till about 1pm. Around 9am all the guided punters head back for breakfast so you get the whole place to yourself and the animals are still there , only more approachable. Then have a late lunch and head out again about 4. I've seen amazing stuff by doing this. As for the dust, that depends very much on the season. A good rain can clear the air . Last visit to the Serengeti we even had hail.

And Lindsay ,thanks . I must admit it was your art blogs that got me thinking!!

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Excellent paintings Lou.
You have a real talent there.
Good to see Lindsay has given you some tips.
I have seen Lindsay's work and that too is great.
I wonder how many other artistic bloggers we have.