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I agree with Pat and Druxey - what a great way to have something small as a 'touchstone' to keep the memory of your friend. It's such a great way to add personality, and to make the whole scene 'real.' It's those little things that are what will make this 'diorama about a bridge' so compelling - it's really a diorama about the place and capturing a moment of the life within and around it, with depth and story that may never be known or appreciated, but just being 'there' adds that hard-to-pin-down lifelikeness that makes one connect with the whole thing.

 

Great job, and wonderful tribute.

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Hello again. My body has been getting regular attacks of low-grade fever from an internal infection. Seems to have subsided. 

While this was going on the local council snuck in a floating wharf on the south bank.

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@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.

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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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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. 

 

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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.

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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). :blink:

 

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Lots of detail stuff to be added later. Hoping the overall effort will improve the general appearance of the river. We will see.

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Getting "water" to look realistic is a very difficult goal. The first photo - the long shot - has a very lifelike look to it, with the blending of the brown at the shoreline. I look forward to seeing your progress on it. It's certainly off to a good start.

 

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Peter,

 

Very nice, like the way you added the bridge fenders when you add the tie cables it will be a nice added touch. Rivers in an estuary that have a tidal flow actually have tide lines like offshore that have color changes due to fresh or salinity of the water, they can be very defined like what you have. Depending on what part of the polluted planet you live on these delineation lines can be defined further by floating trash or fresh and or salt water grasses or pods of floating duckweed.

 

Regardless this is a very fine build Kudos :cheers:

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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.

 

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So far . . .

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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.

 

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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.

 

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11 minutes ago, Louie da fly said:

I agree. The colouring looks really good and lifelike.

 

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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).

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Color of water is influenced by the sky; it changes constantly and is a moving target. It drives artists crazy trying to 'catch' a certain mood! Sp, whatever colors you end up with, no-one can say whether you are right or wrong.

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4 hours ago, druxey said:

Color of water is influenced by the sky; it changes constantly and is a moving target. It drives artists crazy trying to 'catch' a certain mood! Sp, whatever colors you end up with, no-one can say whether you are right or wrong.

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.

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