Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Zebra Watercolor

A4 Watercolor  on Arches Hot Pressed paper
I have been absent for quite some time from my blog. It might be due to that fact that I have been feeling rather uninspired lately.May be because of a few disastrous paintings..I really don't know why. I have been experimenting a lot but not quite getting there.Still hopeful, though that there might be light at the end of this tunnel. Trying hard to get to a place where I feel satisfied with what I have done. In the meantime I painted this zebra at the request of a lovely lady who bought it as well.
I know this is something that I do well, but what I want is to be able to tie all this up with a nice background so that it looks like a painting, not just an 'animal portrait' - if you know what I mean.
Well I hope all of you are doing well.See you soon!


  1. I feel your pain. After a few really disastrous paintings, I have lost my confidence and desire to paint. Getting back on track is tough - persist! I also have the same problem with animal portraits - particularly zebras!
    Hang in there!

    1. Thank you,Chris.Sometimes things just don't go the way we plan.I guess I need to keep trying.

  2. Most of your paintings do not have this much white space, I agree, Arti. But it stands strong without a background because of the color and the graphic nature of the zebra itself. I think your work is always amazing and this is no exception!!

  3. This frustrated feeling comes and goes throughout our art lives - it will pass. I've learned that it's a plateau time where we are working internally and will rise up a step or two when its time. I like the blues in the zebra!! I've seen these done in watercolor a lot but never tried them...perhaps just some wet-in-wet greens behind the zebra to say outside, but I don't mind it as it is - makes it really pop off the page this way.

  4. I empathize completely with your feelings about painting right now, Arti. Lots of experimenting, and not much coming from it. It must be part of the learning curve - the big slope upwards. Let's both keep on experimenting and painting!
    Kathryn xx


    however, I can so relate, seeing feeling uninspired through another artist's eyes helps put it all in perspective. I would be thrilled if you only focused on animal portraits forever, they are simply that stunning, but I totally understand your feeling uninspired. I'm so there with you and it's been hanging on for months now. I'm sick of painting what I know I can paint but fear keeps me from trying something new.

    Best of luck Arti, I hope it passes soon, meanwhile, this is truly an incredible piece of work!! And thank you too for your very kind words about Brenda. Much appreciated.

  6. Not a bad place to be.. There are so many it seems completely happy with what you are doing now. Continuing to find challenges is so much better than alternative of your art turning into work…

  7. AWESOME piece, Arti! This one is a winner with those wonderful blues!!!