Surprise! Today’s post isn’t about an etching – it’s about a watercolour painting… and… it’s makeover. Can you see the difference in the top-before and bottom-after images?
Here’s a closer look:
The major change I made was to shorten the pole behind the rear bicycle wheel so they weren’t touching. This change helps the eye rest more comfortably on the bicycle, allowing viewers to enjoy the focal point, before rushing off to follow the pole towards the red flag in the upper right hand corner.
I also changed the value of the right handle bar as it goes over the darker shadow wall. It’s an optical contrast illusion that occurs in the real world: a tree branch will look dark against a light blue sky, but the same tree will have “lighter” branches if they pass over a dark wall or dark green bushes. Logically we know that branches of the same tree are the same colour and value (not withstanding shadows), but the contrast illusion “changes” the value of the branches. I learned this trick from my watercolour instructor, Barry Coombs. He’ll be pleased to know that some of his students are not only taking notes, but also applying his lessons. Thanks, Barry!