Watercolour Fireside

I’m copying merely to imitate and learn how to get certain effects. In this case, texture, colour, blending, ‘light’,.. 

here’s the (really beautiful) original:

And here’s my first attempt:

Tried again on a different detail, using more water, wet-on-wet, to get the colour mixes on paper. I think I’ve seen my problem; trying to overlay Burnt Umber and Raw Sienna- they’re opaque and ought to be underneath the transparent purple overlay. 

Again the best I can do is take a detail for the enlarge and saturate treatment:


So,.. The next step is to visit my father for some lessons. . .

Dad did this one:

And I did a fairly childish one, but I did get shown how to blend colour the way I want to. Here’s mine:

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