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Hollyhocks Again

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Another hollyhock painting but with a different color.

Hollyhocks too
Watercolor
August 2008
Not in my collection

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August 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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Hollyhocks

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I just veered away from my usual painting technique by using more pure colors. It looks good when you look at it from a distance.

Hollyhocks
Watercolor on 140 lb cp paper
7½ x 10¾ inches
August 2008

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August 25, 2008 at 4:02 am

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Waterlily Series No. 2

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I am really happy with this.

Waterlily
8 x 10¾ inches 140-lb cp Watercolor paper
August 2008

Update, August 26 : This painting has been offered as a raffle prize for Donate a Heart  fundraising event organised by Srivalli. I wish her all the success in fundraising. Here are more information about the painting :

  • the paper size is approximately 9 by 12 inches and the image size is as listed above.
  • 140-lb means it is the weight of the watercolor paper. It refers to the weight of a ream which consists of 500 sheets;then 1 sheet of that brand will be designated as being 140-lb. paper
  • cp stands for cold pressed which means the paper has more texture; but the painting is on the smooth side of the sheet.
  • the watercolor paper is acid-free.
  • I used Winston & Newton and Van Gogh watercolor paints to paint this.
  • The painting is unmatted and unframed so you can frame it as per your choice and taste.

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August 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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Portrait : Dancer

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This is drawn after a photo of my darling niece in Bharatnatyam dance costume. I am hoping to surprise her with this drawing. I love giving surprises to my near and dear ones. I am pretty sure that she is unaware of the existence of this art blog. As for drawing this, I thought it would be a big pain drawing all the details in costume jewelleries. Now, after drawing that I can say that it is time consuming but well worth the effort. I am thinking of various scenarios of how I can break this sweet surprise on her. Readers are welcome to give me your suggestions. The sweeter, the better. I plan to mail this to her after polishing it up a bit.

Dancer
9×12 inches on ACADEMIE Heavyweight Drawing Paper
August 2008
Portrait # 10

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August 18, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Irises

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The inspiration to draw this comes from a picture in a gardening book. The composition is entirely mine so this painting has no resemblance with the reference image. The painting is entirely done in wet-in-wet and I am currently learning to control the flow of paint on a wet surface. I believe you can bring the beauty of watercolor when you do this technique provided you know how to control the paint flow and make it work with how you want it to be. Here I did the background first, followed by the irises and then the leaves.

Irises on 140-lb cp watercolor paper
9 x 6 inches
August 2008

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August 13, 2008 at 2:40 pm

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Tree Frog

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Colorful tree frogs always catch my eyes; so now I got a chance to paint one up. I am happy with the background; however, I wish it was much darker than this so that the color of the tree frog would stand out. This time I did not stretch out the watercolor paper with gummed tape. I soaked the paper in water and just placed it over a plexiglass/ acrylic sheet. I read in one painting book that it is as good as stretching the paper with gummed tape. I bought my tape when I started painting in early 2000; but now I can’t see this product in any of the art supplies store. For some unknown reason they are not available anymore unless you order it online. I read some forumers expressing the same concern in Susan Harrison’s website.

Tree Frog in watercolor
9 x 6 inches
August 2008

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August 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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Portrait : Salma

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I took a long time to draw this portrait which explains the delay in posting. I still believe this portrait is not fully done and there is more room for improvement. If you study the image carefully you will know why. It is obvious that I may be trying to make it too realistic. One thing I have discovered is that the more time you spent on tinkering, the more realistic it becomes. The 7mm mechanical pencil which helped me a great deal in drawing the hair more realistically (compare it with the self portrait I did last time, where my hair looks more coarse).

Salma Hayek
Drawing on heavy weight acid-free paper using 7mm mechanical pencil
9×12 inches
August 2008
Portrait # 9

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August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm

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