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Stained Glass Irises -  Critique

  • Critique guidelines
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Background
  • Lead

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term Critique [pronounced kri-teek] it's a word that describes the way in which you evaluate something, in this case it would be your painting.

Let's begin your critique by acknowledging all the  positive  things you like about your painting, right down to a favorite brush stroke. It is important that you look at the positive things first, as it will help build your confidence.

If there happens to be something in your painting that bothers you, but you are not quite sure what it could be, follow the guidelines listed below and they will help you discover what corrections can be made.

Critique Guidelines


image guide for flowers
If the values of your petals are too light, paint over them again, but use a lighter value of the color. If your value is too dark, go over the entire section again, using clean water instead of paint. Apply pressure to the brush to move the pigment around on the paper as you go over the shape. When you are finished, lay a tissue over the petal shape and evenly blot up the excess color. Let dry. Then paint over the petal shape again with a lighter value.

If some of your petals appear blotchy or uneven, wet the area in the same manner as if you were painting with color. When you reach the area you would like to fix, gently tickle the area with your brush, moving around the color until you are pleased with the results, then finish painting the area with the water. Follow the same steps given for correcting the petals that got too dark. Let dry.
image guide for leaves
  Follow the same guidelines given for the flowers. If one of the values on the charged leaves is too light, you can go back in and just darken the value that needs to be darkened without disturbing the value of the other color. For example, if your value for the dark-green color was too light, go back in as if you were painting the entire leaf again, except us clean water. Start at the top with the clean water. Gently move your brush just as you would if you were painting, being careful not to lift or disturb the color underneath. When you reach the area that needs to be darkened, blot your brush, fully load it with a lighter value of the color, then charge the lighter value of the color into the water. Finish painting the entire leaf. Let dry. This also works in reverse, starting with color and then switching over to clean water.
image guide for background
  If your yellow appears too bright, or the values too dark you can tone it down or lighten them by tickling over the areas with a clean, moist brush and then blotting with a tissue. If that does not work, then use your scrubby brush and clean water.
image guide for lead
  If all your color pushed to the edge, take a clean moist brush and gently tickle along the darker color, and blot with a tissue. Let dry. Then repaint that section.

If your lead got too dark and you do not have a highlight traveling down the center, just take your scrubby brush and, with clean water, lightly scrub down the center of the lead, then blot with a tissue.

Finished painting

To: Beginners

Congratulations on finishing
your first watercolor painting!

To: Experienced Watercolorists

I hope you enjoyed painting the project
as much as I enjoyed creating it!

finished painting of the Stained Glass Iris project

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