Thursday, November 4, 2010

The "hard" work of playing

I'm still searching for a cool portraiture style for my watercolor studies. Last month, I painted a North African Muslim young man on Tyvek paper (bottom portrait). Cool stuff, and I even did a very successful workshop with this material. Problem is, is that I'm still in love with good old fashioned 140lb cold press watercolor paper. I have decided to go back to my expressive bright hued palette on cold press. This middle painting that I did yesterday unfortunately is way, way, WAAAY overwrought with clown-like, rainbow colors. Pooh! This is where the "hard" work of playing comes in...lots of intense painting time to end up with a complete botch job! Well that was yesterday. Today, I went back to "work" and painted this top portrait. I do believe that my hard work may be on the road to success...we shall see... mustn't jump to conclusions...stay tuned.

5 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks for sharing your play time - I like all three of these but think the middle did get a bit crazy with color :) Nothing wrong with that at times, though :)

Geert-Jan said...

very inspiring

meera said...

Thanks for sharing the paintings and your thoughts- comparison with the other two does make the colors middle one seem like 'shouting' a bit - may be it will be ok on its own?

travelingsuep said...

hmm I like the style of the bottom one still, but like the strength of colour in the middle one too. It's good to see your different versions.

David Lobenberg said...

Gracias, Rhonda, Geert-Jan, Meera, and Sue. Always appreciate your feedback!