Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jeanette in Watercolour


My second try at Jeanette in watercolour (the first while I was happy with the my application of paint was not quite right proportionally) - I am a total novice with this medium and find its unpredictablity both delightful and confounding at the same time. This is only my third portrait in watercolour (the first is here) if you include my first attempt on this particular one and I'm quite pleased with how I am getting on with the medium.

I'd love to have a go at pours as mentioned by Billie Crain and demonstrated by Nick Simmons. One thing that really appeals to me about this kind of use of the medium is the freedom and dynamic quality to painting. I find myself leaning more and more to a more expressionistic way of painting.

Happy to say that I sold "Strawberry Cheesecake" this week. Interesting that I had just had some notecards printed and was showing them to a colleague and she bought the painting from seeing it on a notecard. A marketing technique?

9 comments:

Jeanette said...

Another great portrait Anita! I like the colour choice and the cool/warm areas. You've done well and got some strong results with watercolour. I'm always timid with it and have a pastel looking piece.

Congratulations on selling the Strawberry Cheesecake piece. Its a great idea to have a variety of them on notecards. Perhaps a little purse sized portfolio of them could be useful to carry around with you for future sales.

Annie said...

This is lovely Anita - looks like you're a natural with watercolours!

Billie Crain said...

Anita, i am truly impressed! your wc portrait is wonderful!! i believe you have a'knack' for this medium. I hope you continue to pursue it.

Congrats on the sale! doesn't it feel great?

Kim said...

congratulations on your sale Anita...
this portrait is great ...
I love watercolours and I think you have done an excellent job...
I'd love to try w/c maybe one day...

Teresa Mallen said...

Great job Anita. I especially like the sense of light in the piece, not to mention your use of colour! Congrats on the sale!!

Robyn said...

Beautiful contemporary approach to this portrait, Anita, I too love the way you've explored the light. As usual, everything you turn your hand to leaps off the paper.

Brava, brava for the sale of Strawberry Cheesecake! And congratulations to the lucky owner it's one of my favourites.

I'd love to know how you went about getting your notecards printed.

Anita said...

Jeanette - I was happy with this - wonderful model!

Annie - I'm quite enjoying watercolours though their unpredictability takes a little getting used to.

Billie - thank you. Sales make it all worth while!

Kim - wish I could paint oil portraits like you!

Teresa - I find with watercolour that the softly softly approach with colour really helps. Building the layers up very gradually to get the right tonal value.

Robyn - I got the cards from Moo.com. Also got some business cards (that have an image on one side and URL and email address on the other) and some postcards. Wonderful quality printing.

moreidlethoughts said...

Another with a water colourist knack! I hope you'll do more, too.

Alvin Richard said...

Beautifully done, when the eyes have a twinkle like that, the whole face lights up....BRAVO!

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