Art Pearls

My journey in search of pearls through painting and drawing

Archive for August 2009

The Ballerina

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I happened to come across this forum thread in WetCanvas where the contributor, Amelia Jordan offered the challenge to draw the ballerina from her photo. If you browse the thread, you can see various versions in watercolor. The adorable pose of the dancer inspired me to try it out. This is my first try to do a figure painting with an indoor background. I have never painted a wooden flooring before. So for my first try, it came out okay.

The Ballerina
9 by 12 inches on 140# cp watercolor paper
Reference photo by Amelia Jordan


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August 26, 2009 at 2:44 am

Posted in figure, watercolors

A Century of Postings

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I am happy to announce that this is my 100th post in Art Pearls. So far I have done around 85 drawings and paintings. As I pass this mile-stone, I can say that I have learned and improved a lot in my drawings and paintings. This blog has also played an important role. It helps me to stay motivated in my journey through paintings and drawings. I also owe a huge thanks to the regular readers of this blog. Your words of encouragement and compliments mean a lot to me. I consider all the comments with equal importance. Thanks again for all your support.

Now back to my painting. I am absolutely happy with the canna lily painting. I have been wanting to paint one for a while. Somehow I happen to get the drive to do a canna lily this time around after mulling over my what-should-I-paint-next? stage. So glad that I have successfully gotten over the “painter’s block” with a good result.

My neighbor’s canna lily
9 by 12 inches on 140# cp watercolor paper

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August 18, 2009 at 12:12 am

Posted in floral, watercolors

Lombard Street, San Francisco

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When I saw the current DSFDF challenge, I was not thrilled at all. It was a street scene from San Francisco. I had never tried cityscape before so I had a mental tugwar of to-do or not-to-do. I finally gave in and decided to try it in watercolor. If I had not done this challenge I would have never known that I could do cityscape. I would have always kept wondering if I am capable of doing cityscape. Now that I have tried it, I am glad.

Lombard Street, SanFrancisco
6 by 9 inches on 140#cp watercolor paper

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August 5, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Posted in cityscape, watercolors

A Shade of Mystique

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There was no particular reason why I chose this title for my painting but it was what that first came to my mind while I was considering a title. This is a monochromatic study of my previous SP. I just used Prussian Blue for this one.

A Shade of Mystique
9 by 12 inches on 140 # cp watercolor paper

Portrait # 26

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August 1, 2009 at 1:48 am

Posted in portrait, watercolors