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Snippet Sunday

Many, many years ago, some family of J's asked us to paint their cat for them. We never did, and now their cat has passed away ( a couple of years ago).

I determined to make up for our lack by drawing the couple's grandkids for them.  I did a sketch with graphite and charcoal but decided it might not be a style that the grandparents like (too dark). I'll still send it to them anyhow because they might like it, or they can pass it along to the parents:

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Since the grandparents have a lot of watercolors and miniatures hanging in their house, I opted for 5"X8" watercolor sketches instead.  I messed up M--the colors are way too cold* on her face and the resemblance isn't that great--so I'm re-sketching her again. No worries, says I; it's all practice and, therefore, all good:

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I liked the way P turned out**, without the hard ink lines that I used on M, giving me yet another reason to redo her portrait:

paul - watercolor

Little by little, I'm getting the hang of watercolors. Little by little, I'm learning to stop trying to do too much. :P
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* I made the mistake of starting the painting outdoors, mid-afternoon, and finishing it up late at night with halogen light. Totally threw off the colors.

** Taking a photo of it allowed me to see that he has a "hole" or a disappearing cheek, so the final painting has some color on the the right side, from his ear down over the shoulder to block in his face better. :P

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asakiyume
Aug. 24th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
These are both fantastically lovely. You're gifted** in so many ways ♥



**not to imply it all comes easily to you! I know you work hard at it.
mnfaure
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, m'dear. I wish it did come easier. :P

Edited at 2014-09-01 06:27 am (UTC)
oiktirmos
Aug. 24th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Awesome.
mnfaure
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
:) I feel encouraged to start painting again.
nipernaadiagain
Aug. 25th, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
I love both the graphite sketch and watercolor of P!

mnfaure
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
Those are the ones I prefer, too.
clarentine
Aug. 25th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Lovely, as always. More than any other medium, watercolors have always been intimidating to me. You did a great job with them!
mnfaure
Sep. 1st, 2014 08:02 am (UTC)
Very intimidating, I concur.
frigg
Aug. 25th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
Very NICE! :)
mnfaure
Sep. 1st, 2014 08:04 am (UTC)
:)
xjenavivex
Sep. 11th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing your work with us.
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