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Monday, December 05, 2005

Watercolour Mondays...

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Monday mornings have been dedicated to watercolour classes for the last fourteen months.
I do not like to paint at home but in class, I really let my (short) hair down.

The first photo shows the whole class's finished "Cottage" project and below it is my own version.
As usual, our teacher tells us that we have done a fantastic job! It encourages us to try even harder.
I can't wait to get back to class in January, now that we have broken up for Christmas.


Blogger DCveR said...

Not bad, not bad at all.
Are you going to start using your own paintings in the decor of the tapas bar?

5/12/05 3:53 PM  
Blogger Ale said...


hey do you have your artwork in your restaurants? hmmmm?

5/12/05 4:38 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Ale and DC, thanks but no way am I do sticking them up in the restaurants! Do you want me to lose all my customers or what?

My classmates usually take the Mickey and say that I should turn my paintings into table mats!

5/12/05 6:09 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

well being that this is my favourite topic I love these! All of them together look wonderful!

6/12/05 5:14 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

As a former art teacher, I can't believe how uniform these all look! I thought they were done by the same artist at first(granted, one whose subject matter is *really* limited), at different times of day maybe. How did he/she get you to paint in such a similar manner?

6/12/05 6:25 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Val, your pictures are of idyllic houses. Fantasy rules them and the end result is magic!

Andrea, nice to have noticed that. We all did this painting in class and at the same rhythm, one bit at a time because our teacher wanted us to learn about tone together.
We got to grips with lots of stuff like foliage, shadows, etc...

6/12/05 8:28 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

I love to paint, but unlike you I'm crap at it. Somehow what ends up on paper fails completely to resemble what I had in mind when I started.

6/12/05 10:30 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

A couple of decades ago I did art classes for about a year - we took 8-12 week segments and tried a lot of different stuff, which was lovely for people like me w/ no prior exposure.

Over the last year I find myselves sometimes dreaming of a picture I want to "do."

oddly compelling. odd for me, that is.

I envy you your regular session.

6/12/05 1:43 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hobbes, I used to wonder why I was "crap"! Going to this class has really taught me that without basic techniques I would've remained "crap"...Mind you, I'm that much better, really!

Hayden, I hung on for two long before I decided to join. Now, I really love the class. There are 16 of us and the teacher is great because he explains stuff very clearly!

6/12/05 1:54 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Very charming, Cream. What is it about water colours that we all love?

Wish I knew how to paint. My sheep look like cats. Abstract cats.

6/12/05 3:51 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Very nice! You get a gold star! ;)
Are those wildflowers in the garden?

6/12/05 4:07 PM  
Blogger cream said...

GG, we all remember watercolours at school and the mess we made. Many think that they are an easy medium to work with but, at times they are so frustrating!
That's the idea! If anyone asks about my new project cows, I will say they are abstract sheep!

Penny, thanks for the Gold Star! The flowers not only look wild but they were a beast to paint!

6/12/05 4:25 PM  
Blogger Caribbean Colors said...

Interesting to see the other participant's work. Different perspectives.
Nice work!
I think that watercolors are the most difficult medium and require the most planning. Once you lay that color down, you're committed.

6/12/05 6:07 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Lee, I agree with the "Committed" bit cos there's no going back! With acrylics and oils, one can always paint over or scrape and start again. But with watercolours, it's a brand new board that you need!

6/12/05 6:41 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

It's interesting how everyone chooses their colors and level of detail. No two are the same.

6/12/05 9:44 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Viking, it's the same as cooking! Give two chefs the same ingredients for the same recipe and they'll come up with something different!
Why is that?
I can feel another post coming up!

6/12/05 10:40 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

BEautiful paintings, love the lighting!!

8/12/05 4:20 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Thank you! Alina, you're the expert so I'll take that as a compliment!

8/12/05 4:32 PM  

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