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Archive for December 2009

DSFDF Year End Portrait Challenge

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I finished painting the portrait of the mystery artist that Ms.Karin Jurick send to me as part of DSFDF year end challenge. I was pretty tensed about painting blond hair because of my lack of experience. However I was relieved to see that it came out okay.

Leslie, finally I used Arches watercolor paper here. The paper behaves so differently from Canson. I am yet to get used to and learn how Arches behaves with watercolors. I feel that it is a good surface for watercolor but I am yet to learn how to dodge the pigment around to get the desired flow.  

Okay back to the subject, I will put up the reference photo with the artist’s permission after I identify the artist in the portrait. So watch this space!

Update (12/28/2009) :
Here is the my reference photo and the artist is Julie Bloch. I believe this portrait is the last painting for the year 2009. I am already working on another painting which you can see next year. Until then, happy holidays!

less than 9 by 12 inches on 140# Arches watercolor paper

Portrait # 29

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December 23, 2009 at 4:42 am

I am Back

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I have been busy sewing for the past two weeks which explains for my absence in the blog world. What you see in the image above are some of my sewing creations. All of them have been given away as gifts. I am participating for the current DSFDF challenge hosted by the artist Karin Jurick. I will start working on the portrait of the mystery artist that Ms.Jurick has mailed me early December. I must start this ASAP or  I will  run  out of time if I slack.

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December 19, 2009 at 2:37 am

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Waterlily Series No.7

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It took more than a month to finish this painting. Moreover, I did the last drawing while I took a break from this one. I owe my thanks to my DH for giving me the encouragement to finish off the painting. I skipped the underpainting part while doing the gouache resist. It was difficult to scrub away the white gouache. The watercolor paint was behaving very differently when I painted over the gouache layer. I managed to finish off the waterlily after overcoming the learning curve.

 Leslie, a talented artist,  has  just posted another wonderful gouache resist painting. You will easily fall in love with this technique once you learn how to do it

Waterlily Series No.7
12 by 16 inches on 140# watercolor paper

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December 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm