Unquenchable

My attraction for watercolor is unquenchable! Ironic, huh?

It challenges me, it inspires me, it sometimes frustrates me, but when it works, in my mind, there is nothing more beautiful.    I thought I’d have a more detailed, larger landscape ready by this time, but I wound up going in a different direction (shocking, I know), so instead, here is another tiny painting inspired by this photo that I took the other day by the side of the road.

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I’d hoped to get some gesture drawings of a small bunch of cows who used to hang out here, but they were all gone.       No moos in sight!    Barn was still there though, and there was a lovely thistle just begging to be included in the composition.

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I knew I wanted the barn closer in the painting than in the photo, but I think this little (2″ x 3″) sketch may have it a bit too close.   The thistle didn’t turn out quite as I’d wanted either, but that’s the nice thing about working small:  you can test out composition and color, and then decide what might work in the finished painting.  I think what I need is a larger, more detailed thistle to give the painting more depth.  I think in my case, I may need more miles on the paintbrush to make this work in a larger painting, but I’ll give it another try, hopefully soonish.

Have a happy Tuesday.     Smile like a cow in a meadow!     Chew thy cud like you mean it.   😉 Moos and peace.

18 thoughts on “Unquenchable

  1. What a wonderful photo! The perspective really makes it special.
    I like your barn; bigger is fine, but I would try it again with more foreground because that is really what gives the feeling of distance. Of course you probably need larger paper for that…and then you can do a more detailed thistle too.

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        1. It’s easy if you’re you! I appreciate your words, because I am working on composition. I still feel like I have quite a ways to go, but when taking the picture, I was trying to compose it as I would a painting. Maybe that helped. I enjoy taking pictures but only with something that’s “point and shoot”.

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  2. I like your shading on your barn. And nice job on the tree next to it! I think your Thistle helps balance your painting. Look forward to seeing this a little bigger – perhaps a postcard size? 😊 A thistle would be fun to do on its own too – maybe add a little salt for texture. I might have to try that! Thanks for the inspiration Laura! 🐄🎨🌟

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  3. Ooh. That’s a wonderful photo you took! I like the vast distance it captures and how it has the flower up close and then the barn far away. Nice watercolor too. I agree with the consensus that a bigger canvas for more foregrounding and detail work might help.

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