Friday, July 17, 2009

Fields of Gold - something new for me...! Large scale watercolors..

(click to view a bit larger if you'd like)

This is a new one for me! I decided to try to paint my characters on a much larger scale than what I'm used to...and I had a great time. (Her face is about 1" tall by 1.25" wide), while the whole piece is about 10.5" x 12". First I did a wash, went into the backyard, rolled it around in the sunshine to dry, then came back in and decided to add some lettering. At first the letters were much too dark (up at the left) I let it dry, then went to town adding more color. Once I went over the lettering with the wet brush, it diluted the look and I think adds to the interest of the piece. Then I added more by flecking the piece with more solid ochre colored watercolor pigment..just for the heck of it, all the while keeping the little girl's body and face wet but without color. I enjoyed how some of the color got onto her dress...see her skirt on both sides.  The hard part for me is shadowing and coloring the face to give dimension..I shall keep trying, but I'm pretty happy with the vibrancy of this piece. What do you think?


  1. Shirley! This is positively lovely! What a colorful, beautiful, and ethereal piece. The little girl looks so tranquil in her natural surroundings. You've really captured the sublime in this painting.

    It kind of reminds me of my Flowerbabies series and inspires me to get back to that.

    Have a great weekend, my dear, and you should be very proud!

  2. Hi Shirley,
    Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comments. Wolfie definitely has a problem containing his urges.

    I've only done 2 illos of my Flowerbabies and if you visit me again, just click on my Flickr display and you'll see them.

    Thanks again, sweetie.


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