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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Update on "Watering the Flowers"

Finally! The child has a mouth! This has certainly been a learning process for me. I learned (after the fact) that this pose - called a 3/4 pose - is considered a difficult one. Ha! Wish I had found out earlier! But I'm still glad I attempted it. I've learned more about the level of my drawing ability (and where it needs improvement) and have thoroughly enjoyed getting better acquainted with colored pencils. To be honest, I never expected to like this medium. I had read that it was a very slow medium and thought that I would lose patience with it. It is a slow medium; but instead of losing patience I found the slower process more relaxing and almost meditative. When I'm working with paint I guess I feel more time pressure because, depending on what effect you're after, you have to keep paint drying times in mind. That doesn't mean I've abandoned watercolor - I still love it - but I think it will be nice to be able to switch between the two mediums and at some point I'll probably combine them.

I'm not sure if I'm going to put in a background or not. I'm debating. Think I'll let it sit awhile and then see how I feel about it. I do want to add some water droplets coming out of the garden hose and I've still got work to do on the flowers and greenery.


Kirie said...

I love this painting! I know what you mean about the mouth. I'm stuck on a little portrait I've been working on for awhile because the mouth is so tricky.
Beautiful work

Lin said...

YOU DID IT!!! WHAT A GLORIOUS, SWEET face on him!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS, Teresa -- leave it as it is -- it's perfect!!! He looks even more beguiling and sweet -- such a look of concentration!! GORGEOUS, my friend!!!

Teresa said...

Hi Kirie,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the encouragement. Mouths are really tough on a portrait, aren't they? I tried to visit your blog but couldn't access it? Would love to see your painting in progress. Stay in touch!

Teresa said...

Hi Lin,

Many thanks for your generous comments! As far as the "leave as is" sigh....too late. I've already re-worked it. I get the most mileage out of one pic of anybody I know... I usually end up painting it several times over! I'll post another update and we'll see if it's an improvement or a regression! Looking forward to seeing you next week... maybe we'll have some cool weather?

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