Wednesday, 19 October 2011

My Dream.....

I often have many different paintings on the go at one time, and nowadays in different media as well, as i'm trying out others.....
 
This is a watercolour I started whilst in Holland staying with my friend Joanna. It got put aside as I was concentrating on her teaching me oils and Acrylics.

This is another of babasteve's wonderful reference photos, and I can't thank him enough for his generosity in sharing. I usually start with a drawing and once i'm happy with that erase almost all the lines so I can barely see it.

 Staring of with delicate washes....




A close up of the eyes on the first wash.



 Eventually picking this up again some while after I returned, I almost left it at this stage. The ref photo is of an African boy, and I am loving painting anything Africa at the moment. The problem was, although I liked it as it stood, it didn't say Africa to me, so on I went after letting it sit for a week or so....








This is where it is now and i'm calling it finished. I'm happy with it, but wondering if I was happier at the last stage.....Should I have left it?...I suppose it all comes down to personal taste in the end.




 My Dream




10 comments:

jyothisethu said...

simple beauty...
the layout and design of your blog is also beautifully blends the graphics into the background...

congratulations...

Joanna said...

It turned out GORGEOUS Stephie, I like the reds!

Virginia Floyd said...

Really beautiful painting. Love how you positioned him on the canvas and the light moving into shadow on the right. Wonderful!

Studio at the Farm said...

Beautiful and inspiring work, as always, Stephie.

Cindi said...

wonderful stephie.. nice rich colors!! keep em' coming!!

Wendy Mould said...

I love the picture both ways. It was done before you added the background but doesn't say Africa like the final one. That was your goal and you certainly achieved it. Great work.

Crystal Cook said...

Stephie this is so gorgeous. His eyes are amazing, they look so liquid and alive!! Beautiful. :)

Nancy Goldman said...

So beautiful. Those eyes are so expressive.

Jane said...

I think you COULD have left it at the stage before, but as you say, it is personal taste, and it is so beautiful!

Nora MacPhail said...

I really like this one. Your watercolours are beautiful!
Happy Painting,
Nora

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