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  1. Thanks for your 'likes' my friends. _____________________________________ Sealed the arcylic paint with PVA glue. After it dried . . . Tomorrow I will start applying a few coats of enamel gloss.
  2. I still liked @druxey idea of weathering the footings somewhat. So I visited our Missingham bridge to study the footings. It had some barnacles on it. Decided to follow this example. Only used various shades of grey to neutralize colour comparisons. Exagerated the barnacles to make it look like barnacles at such a small scale. Also attempted to add some reflection on the water that was more greyish than before. Cleaned up the wharf. Added another submerged tentacle to the kraken (near side). With the gangway in place, the kraken will be partly hidden (a sneaky fellow). Painted the fish and jellyfish swimming away from the kraken.
  3. Yes I know. I have been sharing this build and my thoughts for so long now that you and others have become my friends. I am like this with friends at home too. In most cases I am my own man, other times I am not. It was a great idea, but I did not foresee the contrast in colour which persuaded me to go back.
  4. Well, I gave it a go and I have to say I disliked it. Sorry. IMHO A & B looks too out of place considering the colour of the water. It may look like that in real life, but it irks me. If the museum suggests that it ought to have a dirty flood line, then I'll tell them to get somebody else to paint it. C looks okay because the water colour is similar. D looks like closer to a brand new bridge that has not yet seen a flood. It's not easy to paint around the footings under the bridge. If I put a dirty mark around the footings, then I'll have to do the same for the fender piers. . . and you can forget about me doing that. So, I am going back to D. I am sorry If I have disappointed anybody about my decision.
  5. Thanks @druxey, and @mtaylor for your suggestions. I like the idea of the slight dirty water line on the footings. But will leave out the weed since I have not yet seen that there. However, that is as far as I am willing to go with the weathering (which I have an aversion for).
  6. Not much to see here, or to say. Just a few touch-ups is all I had time for today. I am too tired after riding a 25 mile race. All the way I did not see one rider in front of me. Played around with the bridge footings at water level. Tried to give a better impression than just cement and coloured water. Then decided to add other sea creatures besides the kraken. May get the kids to count how many jellyfish there are.
  7. Thanks fellows. Lou, that was funny, yet could seem bonkers 😮 _______________________________________ Sorry to show similar images. Spent the whole day dry-brushing the water surafce with lighter shades for the water crests. When it dried I was glad that it went darker, as previously explained. Now it's not so noticeable. Yet the whole water surface became slightly lighter shade Still lots of little touch-ups required. Then a three day drying period is needed before applying the varnish. Each coat requires 24 hrs drying time. Looking forward to see how it will look then.
  8. Thank you for supportive gesture. Greatly appreciated. I am pleased with the painted effect, for its educational purpose. Yes, the sky colours can be seen in the water, dependant on angle of reflection. At a shallow angle it often reflects a lot of the sky background colours. But at a steeper angle one is more prone to see the degree of water clarity and its chemical make-up (like in satellite imaging). Due to curvature of water riples, the sky colours get reflected in them. That is why dry brushing the water crests with a lighter colour gives it that extra sense of realism. This sort of detail will be one of my next steps with painting the water. I have to say, with modelling, one gets to learn how to think outside of the 'normal' box of knowledge. One starts to 'see' more about what they are modelling than the normal observer. When it comes to painting, we start to study not so much the item but its colours. Determining what colour mix to use, is it reflective, shadows, etc,. I am hoping that the gloss finishing coats will be reflecting some of the outside colours, such as the watermark colours of the Buoy Tender, and the bridge footings. We will soon see if it does.
  9. Thanks Steve. I still think its quite bright; definately so for the actual area where the bridge is. However, for the purpose of showing depth, it certainly does that. Now here is some good news (for me anyway). The Ultra Gloss Clear Timber Varnish, which I applied on a test trip long time ago, has yellowed. This means that there will be a very slight darker glaze to the finish, with a hint of dirty yellow. It will, over time, dim the water colouring down. Plus make the blue slighty green, and the green slighty dirty water (yellowish) green. I think it will be better in a year's time (like wine).
  10. Thank you my friends. Just to clarify why I added a card strip along the back edge of display. As I painted the water surface, I would also paint the card strip. This strip gets transposed onto the bottom edge of the canvas. It will be a water colour reference for the background of the diorama. The canvas painting will be in oil paints, my preferred painting medium. The painting will only look, in perspective, from the console operator's point of view. Below, is an idea of what the background will look like. As you can see, it will be mostly sky.
  11. Thank you Steve and John for your supportive comments. Today I feel much better about the whole colour scheme, even if it is not what is seen at Wardell. After finishing the basic colours for the river, I went for a needed bike ride. It has not rained for over a week and Richmond River, near the ocean, is very clear. Could not help notice a similar teal colour to what I have been painting. Took photos to show that such waters are not too overboard as such. Though, 20 miles up river, where Wardell Bridge is, is still dirty green. So far . . .
  12. Thanks guys for your support and confidence in me. Sure hope not to disappoint. The following is just a start. Got half way with the basic blending one shade with the next. Once the basic coverage is done, there is still lots more to do. I still have lots to learn with using acrylics. Starting from waters edge, I was assumed the water/wet mud and rocks would look darker, yet mliky due to dirty water. As the water gets deeper, the milky dirt browns take over. Then green got mixed into it (according to some silly plan of mine). Lots of detail stuff to be added later. Hoping the overall effort will improve the general appearance of the river. We will see.
  13. Oh boy, I sure stuffed up the paint job. Only done 1/10th of the water. Started along the river banks. The dirty water look became too brown, opaquish, blotchy, and dark on outer edge. It's been a long time since doing any painting, and have forgotten basic principles. The rest of the river will contain blues and greens, which is not mixed with the brownish areas already painted. Need to repaint what I have done with a better colour mix. But first, I need to paint a background tone to get rid of that stark white as a comparison. Hope to improve on this.
  14. @lmagna, @Jack12477, @BANYAN, @BenF89, @mcpwilk, @michael mott, @druxey, @oneslim, @mtaylor, @paulsutcliffe, and @DBorgens. Thank you all so much for your support and encouraging comments. Needed them more than you realise. _________________________________________________ Finally got through making 24 square feet of surafce water by using paper mache technique. It was one job I had lots of apprehension about, but not as intense as the one that is coming up - painting it. Anyway, as usual I started with the least noticeable section of the display (far left corner) and worked my way to the more noticeable (near right corner). Hoping I will improve the technique as I progress. This became true, and had to return to earlier sections to patch it up a bit.

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