Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mardi


Watercolor - 7X5

A small watercolor practice.

Art journal entry:
I've had a song stuck in my head all weekend - Purple Haze.  Didn't mind this one, though, because I've always loved Jimi Hendrix's guitar. 



Still learning - still fun.



33 comments:

  1. Hello Chris
    Your aquarell faszinited me.
    I like your artwork page especially well.
    Greetings from Austria

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  2. Chris, I love your journal page and this painting is dynamic! I love the expression and details.

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  3. Love your art... as always ♥
    xo Michelle

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    1. I could say the same about your art. Thank you, Michelle!

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  4. Your portrait is wonderful, Chriss! So soft and deep in thought. Do you know her personally?
    Your journals page is great as well, looks like having much fun with it.

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    1. Thanks, Beo. No, I don't know the woman in the portrait. I grabbed a free photo from the internet (paint my photo, pixabay, ...) and used it as a reference. The majority of portraits I do look nothing like the reference. If I do get a likeness, it is only because I used a grid to draw. And I don't like trying to get a likeness because it's so time consuming for me.

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    2. So you take the photoes just for being inspired. But I think even if the pictures have no likeness with the person they will show the expression,the mood or something like that of it. Right?

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    3. Yes, right. Even though the photos are free and you may paint to obtain a good likeness, I often do not care about that (unless it is a batik of a famous person or a photo that I REALLY love). It takes the pressure off when you do not have to do a perfect likeness. I can draw, but I struggle with likenesses of people. If your drawing is off just a little, it will look like an entirely different person. I have to grid the reference or draw it upside down to get a good likeness. I learned that from a book called "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Same thing with animals - sometimes I just get the general shape of the animal, but only meticulously copy the eyes... or the mood like you said. There are many internet sites where you can get some great free photos (morguefile.com, pixabay.com, ...).

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  5. Love your portrait Chris, the simplicity is wonderful! The journal entry is so creative too! I am busy packing to move so haven't much time to comment on blogs....hope to change that when I get traveling:)

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    1. Thanks, Karen. And your adventure into Australia begins. Hope to hear about it and see pics on your blog.
      Safe travels!!

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  6. Chris, the portrait of Mardi is simple and expressive. Very well done! I think Jimi would have loved the journal page. I certainly do.

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  7. What a stunning and ethereal feeling portrait! How amazing you are, Chris!! I am loving your journal pages too. You inspired me to give it a go myself.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! Glad you're going to dive in. You will love it!

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  8. the art goes perfect with the lyrics :) he def could play guitar

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer!!
      Yeah, he was something'

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  9. Chris this is a lovely portrait. I especially am drawn to the simple color scheme you use for portraying people. Your journal page is super as well. Hope you are staying warm. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie.
      Yes, it's not too cold here in Eugene - just wet (and green).

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  10. the portrait is very nice and the journal page looks very modern and cool! loved it! :)

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  11. hello chis
    ilove you portrait and this page wonderful the exercise sheet!
    Greetings Elke

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  12. Sensitive portrait!! Love your journal page.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comments, Carol.

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  13. Your watercolor portrait is a great work of art, painted wonderfully sensibly!
    Full of reverence for your abilities - greetings from Ulrike

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  14. Thank you, Ulrike. And I am in reverence of your abilities! Your blog is a creative feast!

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  15. Such beautiful small watercolor with great expression!
    Your artjournal-page is fabulous - I also like Jimi Hendrix's guitar - your flying man high above the mountains is full of motion, kissing the sky!

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  16. So by the time you had finished this lovely journal page had the song left? I love your interpretation. I only seem to get stuck with nursery rhymes these days so Hendrix would be most welcome. Would you like to swap? ;o)

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  17. A beautiful portrait , love the softness of her expression and the mono color .

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