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Maybe kitties, maybe not

Ok, this was way harder than it looks like.  I'm fine painting realistic objects, particularly flowers, but I'm having a lot of problem to paint loose and it is for me the real essence of watercolour.

My results are a reflexion of my project title, it is hard to see what I intented to paint.  I know I will need a lot of practice to achieve a decent kitty, not even trying for a cute one ahaha! 

On cover, it is my reference photo.  No need to say that I achieved nothing that look even a bit alike.

First try..

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Colours are too dark, I lost all white in the eyes and it seems I used too much water but not sure about this... I gave up without doing any fine tuning.

Second try...

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I managed to preserve the eyes and some fur stripes, I like the ears but they are a little too messy.  It looks more like a fox than a cat but I think it is a bit better.. not much lol..

Third try, the catastrophy

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I decided to observe and do the eyes as in the video.  They are not too bad but the rest of it is a huge mess.  too much salt? colours look faded and very weak. 

Now, what can I do to improve? what am I doing wrong so I end up with muddy colours? I'm very puzzled by loose painting and I want to get better results.

01-30-16

I didn't do anything new but re worked the second painting a bit.  here is what it looks like at the moment

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Can't wait to have a little more time to try again and make one real cute lol!

16/02/05

Another try with this salt as texure for fur but this time it was more feathers than hair, so here is my owl..lol

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His eyes aren't very clear but owls have dark eyes with some yellow around but I lost the yellow with the green running in.  He looks pretty scary LOL.

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