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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Leisure

I have been studying some great watercolorists in past few days...Nick Simmons , Thomas Schaller and Anders Andersson being few of them .There is a long list still pending, I have so much to learn!
I was impressed by the big, bold and imaginative watercolors by Nick, while Anders dazzled me with his control over his wide brushes even on tiny pieces of paper! Thomas is considered the 'architect of watercolors' - he paints the building beautifully. Even if I find myself lacking in this department, I will continue to study..someday I might be able to paint whatever I want, not just be a portrait painter!
I tried this wet on wet- all wet -style myself, ( disastrous results!But its a beginning at least)...I am beginning to believe that waterolors should lose some inhibitions and fly free!They are meant to be.
This street dog was sprawled leisurely on the stoned floor of Ganga Ghat ( Banks of Ganges).Looked like a good subject.I spoiled the water and the bridge in background ,though!Couldn't get the desired results. There is always 'next time'!

12 comments:

  1. Nice beginning Arti! We all learn from our mistakes and experience. Keep it going! This is a nice scene :)

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  2. Arti,
    Actually I did not think that you spoilt the bridge and water in the background. The water actually looked expressive to me. And good that the bridge is not noticed, because I feel if it was there it would have been too much in one painting.

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  3. Arti, you can't imagine how many watercolors I scrapped before to acquire some confidence with colors and water. Now I am more confident but, like you said, I have (and I want) to learn more and more.
    Anyway, this dog is a good work!! Ciao, Tito.

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  4. This is brilliant.
    i think its perfect painting.

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  5. Arti, I think this is beautiful. I don't see that you ruined anything, though admittedly I am completely missing the bridge. I love the colors of the mountains and the river. The dog has the right idea. He looks quite content indeed!

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  6. I like everything about the painting, especially the depth achieved between subject and background.

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  7. Hi Arti,
    This watercolor looks pretty good to me. Like the perspective of a dog life. That you are not satisfied with your work in a sense is good , because it stimulates you to study some more and work harder at your wotwercolors. A sure way to success. And you are so right! there is always a next time!

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  8. I have to agree with some of your other comments, Arti, the painting is not ruined! The dog is fresh and very napping-dog-like. I happen to like the watery and soft look of the background of the painting.

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  9. Thank you Ramesh and Prabal.I also feel that bridge was a distraction, so in a way , its good that it disappeared!

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  10. I agree with you, Tito.I started doing watercolors seriously only about a year ago.So it may take more time and many, many more sheets to actually reach somewhere:)

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  11. Sherry, sree, Mariano ,Tony and Elizabeth- I am glad that you liked the dog and the painting.He was a very under-fed street dog, but he looked very good in this frame.

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  12. Très apaisant et délicat...Bravo!

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