Wednesday, 9 September 2009

New Painting

Well, here it first ever attempt at watercolours!!
(I've not compressed the image so if you click on the picture
you should get a full screen version)

It's based on a beautiful house here in Malmesbury which
is probably well over 100 years old!! What do you think?


ladyfi said...

I love the colours and playful simplicity and clean lines. A very joyful picture!

Carol said...

Ladyfi - Thank you very much *grins*. The colours are actually a lot brighter in real life...I couldn't get them to come out properly in the photograph!!

C x

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

It's completely gorgeous! I love it!!!

French Fancy said...

That is so pretty - it would make a good mosaic as well

Queenie said...

Wow, don't you have a lot of butterflies in Malmesbury? ;-) It's a very cheerful painting, kind of a technicolour dreamhouse.

Mark said...

Mmm... I don't think so, and I think you know it too.

Your other paintings were great, this one is a bit twee, - it reminds of a childrens book illustration, but even then it is not quite right.

I think the problem is the colours and wonder how it might look if it was painted again in two colours (sage and ochre) with perhaps 3 brush strokes of highlight in a third. I also wonder if you did it as line drawing, which would be much better.

Watercolour is very VERY hard, but at its best it is a fluid and 'lucky' medium that has a life of its own. Take a look at Helen Oxenbury's children's books, especially Farmer Duck, which might give you some ideas without being wacky.

Sorry this isn't the most super supportive blog comment, but you know I mean well... and painting is serious stuff.


Lindsay said...

I think it is brilliant and I have the advantage of knowing Malmesbury well - you have captured the "feeling" well.

HelenMHunt said...

I wish I could see the colours in 'real life'. Love the butterflies.

DJ Kirkby said...

OMG! Now, you KNOW me so you'll know how much I LOVE that painting with all those bright colours. Wowsers... xo

Amanda said...

A very cute picture, Carol. Love the butterflies x

Carol said...

Absolute Vanilla - I was trying for something cheery :-).

French Fancy - Ooohhh it would look nice as a mosaic...I would never have thought of that in a million years!!

Queenie - I seem to always end up with either butterflies or washing lines...I have no idea why...they just always appear!!

Mark - Awww, don't feel bad...I like your honesty!! Your right, it's not quite right and it did start as a line drawing :-).

I adore the links you e-mailed me (wish I could paint like that too) but I was trying to do something very specific. I've found a card company that is interested in my work but they don't do black and white as they say it's too arty farty. I had a look at what they do sell and was trying for something that I thought would fit into their range.

I've got a commission to work on so I'm going to put it to one side and then come back to it afresh!!

I'm not offended in the slightest :-)

Lindsay - That is a lovely thing to say...thank you very much my dear :-)

Helen - As I said to Queenie, butterflies or washing lines (sometimes both) always seem to make an appearance!!

DJ - Hehehehe, I had a sneaky suspicion that you you might like it!!

C x

Carol said...

Amanda - You managed to sneak in there!!

I'm glad you like it :-)

C x

Anonymous said...

love it - esp the butterflies

Alex x

Anonymous said...

Its beautiful!


Carol said...

Alex - Hehehe, the butterflies seem very popular and I wasn't sure about them!! Shows what I know eh!!

(any ideas of when you might visit?)

Susan - Thanks hon. Hope Jakarta is treating you well!!

C x

Anonymous said...

It's lovely...sort of smartie like, however, I hope you don't mind me saying, but I prefer your work in black and white!

Julie x

Carol said...

Julie - No, I don't mind you saying at all!! I like my stuff best in black and white too!!

C x

Pat Posner said...

I love it!
I want one of my storybook people to live there!


Carol said...

Pat - I would love to have one of your storybook people living there!! I think they might be happy living in that multi-coloured house :-)

I could give them neighbours!!

C x

Debs said...

I love it. So colourful and it makes the house look happy somehow.

Carol said...

Debs - I enjoyed painting it!! The colours look like little jewels :-)

C x

Milla said...

on a massive catch up here, i have to say I just adore your knitted throw thing, it's just lovely. And going to a blogging wedding, how fantastic ist hat!! or even, is that.

claire p said...

It's fab, love the colours and the butterflies xx

Pearl said...

Whimsical and inviting. I would go in if invited!


Lily Sheehan said...

Well done - I love this!!!

Ann said...

Love the butterflies, the idea of them floating from the house is beautiful.

How did you manage to keep all the colours in the boxes.

Carol said...

Milla - I had so much fun making it and was thrilled that I managed to make it so fast!! I've got a load of wool left over which I'm going to make a small version for our window seat...*whispers* for the cats!!

The blogging wedding was just lovely and it was great to meet so many bloggers :-)

Claire - People have been telling me for ages to use more colour so I kinda went for it!!

Pearl - Welcome and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment :-)

Lily - Thank you honey!!

Ann - hehehehe, with great bloody difficulty!! I enjoyed filling them in but was going cross eyed by the end of it (and was praying that the wind wouldn't change!!)

C x

Ann said...

So that's why I look like Clarence!!, ma mammy always telt me it would happen.

You have some patience Carol, think I will pass on the painting of wee cubes, knitting a jumper was bad enough.

Carol said...

Ann - Ma mammy always telt me the same!!

It was fun filling in the cubes...well, at the beginning...

C x

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