Wednesday, 9 September 2009

New Painting

Well, here it is....my first ever attempt at watercolours!!
(I've not compressed the image so if you click on the picture
you should get a full screen version)


It's based on a beautiful house here in Malmesbury which
is probably well over 100 years old!! What do you think?

30 comments:

  1. I love the colours and playful simplicity and clean lines. A very joyful picture!

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  2. Ladyfi - Thank you very much *grins*. The colours are actually a lot brighter in real life...I couldn't get them to come out properly in the photograph!!

    C x

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  3. That is so pretty - it would make a good mosaic as well

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  4. Wow, don't you have a lot of butterflies in Malmesbury? ;-) It's a very cheerful painting, kind of a technicolour dreamhouse.

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  5. Mmm... I don't think so, and I think you know it too.

    Your other paintings were great, this one is a bit twee, - it reminds of a childrens book illustration, but even then it is not quite right.

    I think the problem is the colours and wonder how it might look if it was painted again in two colours (sage and ochre) with perhaps 3 brush strokes of highlight in a third. I also wonder if you did it as line drawing, which would be much better.

    Watercolour is very VERY hard, but at its best it is a fluid and 'lucky' medium that has a life of its own. Take a look at Helen Oxenbury's children's books, especially Farmer Duck, which might give you some ideas without being wacky.

    Sorry this isn't the most super supportive blog comment, but you know I mean well... and painting is serious stuff.

    Mark

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  6. I think it is brilliant and I have the advantage of knowing Malmesbury well - you have captured the "feeling" well.

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  7. I wish I could see the colours in 'real life'. Love the butterflies.

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  8. OMG! Now, you KNOW me so you'll know how much I LOVE that painting with all those bright colours. Wowsers... xo

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  9. A very cute picture, Carol. Love the butterflies x

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  10. Absolute Vanilla - I was trying for something cheery :-).

    French Fancy - Ooohhh it would look nice as a mosaic...I would never have thought of that in a million years!!

    Queenie - I seem to always end up with either butterflies or washing lines...I have no idea why...they just always appear!!

    Mark - Awww, don't feel bad...I like your honesty!! Your right, it's not quite right and it did start as a line drawing :-).

    I adore the links you e-mailed me (wish I could paint like that too) but I was trying to do something very specific. I've found a card company that is interested in my work but they don't do black and white as they say it's too arty farty. I had a look at what they do sell and was trying for something that I thought would fit into their range.

    I've got a commission to work on so I'm going to put it to one side and then come back to it afresh!!

    I'm not offended in the slightest :-)

    Lindsay - That is a lovely thing to say...thank you very much my dear :-)

    Helen - As I said to Queenie, butterflies or washing lines (sometimes both) always seem to make an appearance!!

    DJ - Hehehehe, I had a sneaky suspicion that you you might like it!!

    C x

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  11. Amanda - You managed to sneak in there!!

    I'm glad you like it :-)

    C x

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  12. love it - esp the butterflies

    Alex x

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  13. Its beautiful!

    Susan

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  14. Alex - Hehehe, the butterflies seem very popular and I wasn't sure about them!! Shows what I know eh!!

    (any ideas of when you might visit?)

    Susan - Thanks hon. Hope Jakarta is treating you well!!

    C x

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  15. It's lovely...sort of smartie like, however, I hope you don't mind me saying, but I prefer your work in black and white!

    Julie x

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  16. Julie - No, I don't mind you saying at all!! I like my stuff best in black and white too!!

    C x

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  17. I love it!
    I want one of my storybook people to live there!

    xxPat

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  18. Pat - I would love to have one of your storybook people living there!! I think they might be happy living in that multi-coloured house :-)

    I could give them neighbours!!

    C x

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  19. I love it. So colourful and it makes the house look happy somehow.

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  20. Debs - I enjoyed painting it!! The colours look like little jewels :-)

    C x

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  21. on a massive catch up here, i have to say I just adore your knitted throw thing, it's just lovely. And going to a blogging wedding, how fantastic ist hat!! or even, is that.

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  22. It's fab, love the colours and the butterflies xx

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  23. Whimsical and inviting. I would go in if invited!

    Pearl

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  24. Love the butterflies, the idea of them floating from the house is beautiful.

    How did you manage to keep all the colours in the boxes.

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  25. Milla - I had so much fun making it and was thrilled that I managed to make it so fast!! I've got a load of wool left over which I'm going to make a small version for our window seat...*whispers* for the cats!!

    The blogging wedding was just lovely and it was great to meet so many bloggers :-)

    Claire - People have been telling me for ages to use more colour so I kinda went for it!!

    Pearl - Welcome and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment :-)

    Lily - Thank you honey!!

    Ann - hehehehe, with great bloody difficulty!! I enjoyed filling them in but was going cross eyed by the end of it (and was praying that the wind wouldn't change!!)

    C x

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  26. So that's why I look like Clarence!!, ma mammy always telt me it would happen.

    You have some patience Carol, think I will pass on the painting of wee cubes, knitting a jumper was bad enough.

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  27. Ann - Ma mammy always telt me the same!!

    It was fun filling in the cubes...well, at the beginning...

    C x

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