Thursday, 11 October 2012

Painting and Painting

I read a blog by Kartanonrouva Elise, and she challenged all her readers to do a painting. This was a while back, but I was inspired! I measured an empty frame I had and did a quick sketch while watching Star Trek ;P I documented the painting stages, so here we go!

The lighting wasn't perfect, but this is the original sketch done with
pencils on watercolour paper. I like drawing and painting faces!

This is the painting after the first layer of watercolours. I felt it was a
total failure at this point, the paper wouldn't stay straight (I taped it to
the table and that should work, but the tape kept loosing grip) and I couldn't
find my old watercolours so I had to do with the basic colours I found, and
they were missing one shade of blue making it impossible to blend warm
browns. Luckily there's was a tiny piece left on an old palette!

After a second layer of colours and details. The painting really came together
at this stage and I was happy!

The finished painting in the frame I painted it for.

I'm so happy I did it, I haven't painted anything in years! I had even lost my watercolours (they might still be buried in some closet), but it was a good thing in the end, I had to think more of how to combine the ones I had. Cats drank from my water cup and there was hair on the painting and I scratched the surface when trying to pick them off. The painting and the frame combined are a bit busy, but I just couldn't see the magnificent frame with a minimalistic painting! All in all, I'm happy with the painting, it's not my best piece but it was fun to do and the result is nice.

Maybe next time I'll whip out some pastels or even my set of oil paints! I've been working with markers for long and they are just too easy and boring, traditional techniques are messy and offer more surprises :)

21 comments:

  1. That is so pretty :)
    You are so multi-talented :D

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    1. Thanks! I've been meaning to brush up my painting skills, but never seem to be motivated enough to get anything done ;P

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  2. En näe mitään sellaista, ettäkö sinulla olisi ollut taukoa maalaamisessa, tai jos on ollut, niin mitä oikein saatkaan seuraavaksi aikaiseksi! Kaunis maalaus. Maaginen :)

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    1. Kiitos paljon! Seuraava sijoitus on kyllä kunnon vesiväripaperi, muistan vieläkin miten upeeta on maalata kunnolliselle lumppupaperille! Ja ehkä etsisin ne loput maalitkin tai hankkisin puuttuvan sinisen... :)

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  3. YOu have a wonderful talent! The painting is so beautiful!

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  4. It's very pretty. Good use of colour, I like how you bring the blue from the background into the center of the composition. I can't do squat with watercolours XP I'm more of an acrylic painter.

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    1. Thank you! Acrylics are nice too, I never quite mastered them, but loved painting with oils using my fingers. Only getting your hands clean afterwards was a pain! ;D

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  5. wonderful painting! - I am also a big fan of watercolor - as you said: its more exciting to use old techniques - I agree with you :)

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    1. Thanks! Without an undo-button you get so much more surprises, and have to work with them :)

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  6. Oh my gosh! You are so multi-talented. I love her eyes and lips... look forward to seeing more in the future! Wow.

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  7. This is pretty! I wouldn't have guessed that you hadn't painted in so long :) I really love drawing and painting with diluted chinese ink. A bit boring, but I just don't have the right products to work with colors properly.

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    1. Thanks! I remember working with ink a long time ago, for me it was the hardest part when you had to wait for the layers to dry before adding more. Maybe I'll try to dig up my inks too and have a go, thanks for the idea! :)

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