Saturday, February 21, 2009

Start to finish Watercolor

Jarrells Cove StoreSOLD
Jarrells Cove Store-watercolor 8" x 10"
I decided to put contour (modified) drawing and paint to a test. I wasn't sure if I would be able to make a complete drawing using the contour method and have it resemble anything when I completed the painting. I tried to use a loose method, which is always a challenge for me.

This is my reference photo. This is a little store at a nearby marina. There is a lot of green going on, but still l like the photo.

I ususally don't take advantage of thumbnail work, but decided I'd try a few, working out my values and colors.

This photo above is where I stopped. I let it set a while wondering where it was missing "something".

Jarrells Cove Store
This is the same as the first photo....... finished after adding some value here and there. I am pretty happy with the results of my drawing. It may not be photo realistic but it has something I am pleased with. I wish I had taken a photo of the drawing before I added some pigment. I will definately continue with my contour drawing.

24 comments:

  1. I love this painting. The colors and the shapes...beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I like this alot. I prefer to view paintings that look like paintings instead of photo realistic! Good job!
    I need to try more contour drawings and do more thumbnails, but I'm always short on time.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thank you Kelly. I just ran over an looked at your blog and can't wait to go back and read it all. Its so interesting that different location's have different birds.

    Thank you Nancy. I seem bi-polar *wink, I like both types of paintings and I guess that is why I struggle with getting much done. I am going to try to do more contour drawings... for some reason I am really hooked on the results of drawing that way now that I've started. I laughed at your comment about always short of time. I agree, seems I'm always in a hurry.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The thumbnail sketches, painting and photo really are great displayed all together.

    You make using water colors so easy!

    The little store looks like ones in Maine - like stepping back in time.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I agree with Cynthia, you made it look easy. I love the loose strokes. I envy that.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks Cynthia, I think I'm doing a little better at making sure I take lots of photo's along the way. It helps show my process ... if I have a process *wink.

    Gaylynn, thank you. I'm not good at painting loosely , but I'm enjoying learning. Maybe not really learning, more like playing.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have been enjoying watching your contour drawings. I think they are influencing your painting here, a lot, and I like the effect.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you Carol. I really am enjoying the freedom that I am finding with the contour drawings ... maybe it is showing?

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow. That's a very nice painting. I really like it. I think it's my favorite water color you have posted.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you Shea, you always say such nice things about my work. I have been getting some nice feed back on the direction I am heading with my work and its so encouraging. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nancy I love the loose feel you achieved here. The contour drawings are show through in the painting style wise. I can tell you are so enjoying exploring taking a new approach. Love it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh how GLORIOUSLY this works, Nancy!!! Beautiful beautiful!!! Seems we've been on a 'learning curve' this weekend ... I LOVE what you've done ...!!! MORE MORE MORE!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you Lynn thank you Toni. It seems there is alway something yet to explore that makes painting so fun. Yippee!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Nancy,

    You did a fine work on the perspective and values.
    I also like its composition.

    Kind regards,

    José

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you Jose'. Nice of you to stop by and comment. There is so much to think about when you pick up the brush to paint isn't there?

    ReplyDelete
  16. The little store is really nice and your contour drawing is lovely. Yes, your make water colour so easy! ~~

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks Fennymun, always so nice to hear from you. *wink, nothing comes easy for me.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Ahh, Nancy, I can imagine standing outside this little store, drinking an ice-cold Coca-Cola!

    You know, on one of those days when it's just warm enough to be comfortable, there's a little breeae, and you can hear the bumblebees buzzing off to one side.

    Bliss!

    ReplyDelete
  19. You are very gifted.

    http://globalartblog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  20. Nice work! It's fresh and loose. Most of the time thumbnails are one of those things we have to push ourselves to do but what a difference it makes when we do it and work out our plans there. After the painting almost paints itself.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great process. Rarely do I take advantage of thumbnails either, but they are great to see...

    As always, lovely work!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thank you Suzanne, Rachete, W.J., and Joanne. I have a few more paintings I want to start and attempt to be as loose as I was with this painting ... anyway, looser than my normal "up-tight" nature. *sigh.

    ReplyDelete
  23. this is really lovely Nancy, you've captured the image beautifully with iis own speacial charm. I never use thumbnails...too lazy!!
    ronell

    ReplyDelete
  24. I agree Ronell ... I'm usually too lazy also, but the difference is, I should always use thumbnails and your work proves you do not need to.

    ReplyDelete