Daily Practice - The Ugly Duckling

9:32 PM

Here is my little "ugly duckling" flower on Ampersand's Aquaboard, formerly called Clayboard. This is a rework from where it was last post. It still has a very long way to go! One thing I've noticed with Aquaboard is the painting gets ugly in a hurry. There's no middle ground. When I wet the surface with water, it turns to a light putty color. Then I add my color and I wait for it to dry to see if the color is too little/too dark or the correct hue. A bit disconcerting, but nothing that can't be overcome.


I think the fact that I started in with the pale yellows, greens and pinks may have helped to throw me when I first started this piece. When using a darker color it isn't so difficult to judge the hue and value. There are good things to be said for the support, but I believe I will wait to see if this will be a successful before I do a review.

The competition painting is coming along as well. It's beginning to look like a painting at least. As to whether it will be show material remains to be seen. It seems odd to me how sometimes you know, right from the start, that a painting is going to turn out well (assuming you're not me and you don't do something stupid when you're nearly finished), and how you can't tell with others until you're nearly finished. Maybe that's what keeps me intrigued!

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  1. Laure all I can say is WOW! I just spent the last 15 minutes reading past posts because I just have not been around for awhile. You competition painting is fabulous!!!!

    I have never painted on aquaboard so I'll be watching you. :)

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  2. (sometimes I'm glad I'm not a professional artist, because I always see beauty where you see flaws!) I love the beginning of this painting........although the Aquaboard doesn't sound like much fun to paint on!

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  3. I think you're off to a great start! This looks really nice... love the soft, light colors against the dark background peeking through.

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  4. I love all the colours you use! You are really an amazing artist and I would love to see the painting once it is completed! :) good luck!

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  5. It is interesting to hear your comments on the aquaboard, sounds like quite a challenge. I know there will be a masterpiece in the end.

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  6. If I'd come up with this, it would not be my ugly duckling painting--it would be my treasure! Beautiful! You're so prolific.

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  7. Beautiful beginnings, Laure! I love your close cropped composition of the bloom. And the dark background peeking around the petals draws me in. Can't wait to see the end result.

    I've used aquaboard for pen & ink or scratchboard, but not for watercolors - yikes!

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