Bridge and Boat Diorama

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Thanks @Peglegreg , @Uwek , @zoly99sask , @Pathfinder65 , and @ron0909 for your 'likes'.
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So far, it's been a huge learning curve with using acrylic paint. Still got a long way to go.
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.

Greg, 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 :rolleyes:).







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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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 . . .
 

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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.

 

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Amazing coincidence occured just now. I was looking for a new book to read while on the throne. I already read everything on my book shelves. So I decided to look into an old box of books which I put aside, years ago, for altered books resources. I found a book I have never read before.



I believe there is a kraken in the story somewhere. But don't tell me, because I like to find out while reading the book.
 

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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.
 

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Amazing is this being made for someone or you keeping it? Something like this should be on display in the Town Hall or Maritime Museum in the area. and yes its that Good. Your an amazing Craftsmen Brother. You will Love that Book also its an amazing read.
Thanks for great complement. Yes, it is for the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum.
 

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Next time I'm up in your area Peter I'll drop by and havaguernsey at this display and we could meet up and havachinwag.
For all of you who are not Ozzies, havaguernsey means have a look with high praise! Havachinwag means have a long talk!
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Next time I'm up in your area Peter I'll drop by and havaguernsey at this display and we could meet up and havachinwag.
For all of you who are not Ozzies, havaguernsey means have a look with high praise! Havachinwag means have a long talk!
Greg
That is so funny you having to explain words. I often have to look up what the dickens the Yanks and Poms are talking about. Like shindig and other tosh.
 

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Not much to see here. Just a few touch-ups is all I had time for today. I was 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.
 

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That is so funny you having to explain words. I often have to look up what the dickens the Yanks and Poms are talking about. Like shindig and other tosh.
LOL Its crazy how we all have words that mean different things Like Bobby and Laurie to the US those are just a guy and girls name. you say were going to the never never here in the US someone thinks your messing around making stuff up
 

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That is so funny you having to explain words. I often have to look up what the dickens the Yanks and Poms are talking about. Like shindig and other tosh.

Funny, I’ve lived with the Yanks for over 60 years and I still don’t understand some of the lingo. Depending on what part of the country you are in the names of common things are different, like cola-soda-tonic. One thing I’ve learned though is “they usually don’t say what they mean and don’t mean what they say”.
 
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