Watercolor Painting

3/03/2010 07:29:00 AM Posted In Edit This 25 Comments »
I had a very busy day yesterday and have another fairly busy day today, so I thought I'd post a picture I painted some time ago.  We took a trip to northern Michigan one summer and I was really taken with this little wall.  In the picture it looks like it's quite high, but in reality it is only about 2 feet high.  I loved that it was made by hand with native rocks, and that the rocks had so many different colors and shapes in them.  I also loved the view of the lake in the background.  This painting took me  quite a long time to do, what with all the details in each stone.    The colors in the scan are more intense than the actual colors in the painting - the actual painting is more subdued and subtle.  But it's one of my favorite paintings that I've done ... maybe because it brings memories of our wonderful vacation with the boys, and also much of it was painted with a group of artist friends.  The group is no more - some moved away, some moved on.  But when I see this painting, I remember them all with love.

   

25 comments:

Sandy in Michigan said...

This is so beautiful! I like the way your composition leads my eye down into the left side of the painting to the water.

Vicki Holdwick said...

Wow! This is stunning.

I am so impressed with your work. I am just getting into a watercolor class online and am such a beginner. I want to be just like you when/if I grow up.

xoxo

kazumiwannabe said...

I thought it was a photo at first, but it's better than a photo! Gorgeous work, the colors are wonderful and the lines perfect!

arlene said...

ooohhh....that is beautiful!
you are a wonderful artist!
hugs
arlene

Lori said...

I thought it a photo at first too!

its the kind of painting that makes you wish you were there
I love it

Marsha said...

Great stone work. Love it.

Socrates said...

You really do excell in everything you do, don't you? This is an incredible painting. Yes, looks like a photo, and better than a photo. Powerful composition too.

Ellen said...

This is just beautiful, Nancy! Everything about it is just so fresh and alive. Just wonderful!

Cathy Holtom said...

I love all the colours in the wall.
Sometimes a painting or drawing can bring back all the feelings you felt at the time you created it.

E*phi said...

Dearest Nancy, is there anything you're not excellent at? :)
I couldn't believe it's painted! I thought it was a photo at first glance. It's absolutely beautiful! The trees and leaves! The stones! Just WOW!

Ann said...

Gorgeous painting! It puts me right there, too, in that lovely scene.

Evelyn Howard said...

Nancy, it is a beautiful painting. I thought it was a photo at first.

Sketch Gurl said...

Nancy - You did a very good job on the stone work.

Louise said...

This is just so lovely! The colours are fantastic. Never before has a wall been so appealing! :)

curiouscrow said...

That wall is exquisite - lovely work Nancy!

Lisa said...

That is gorgeous, the way you were able to pick up all the colors of the rocks in that wall. At first I thought I was looking at a photograph. It is beautiful.

bendelachanal said...

Beautiful! The wall is so interesting to look at, with different shapes and tones. I like the composition too.

raena said...

It's beautiful! Stunning colors in the stonework!

Ramona Davidson said...

A feast for the eyes- not only the colors, but texture, composition, and subject matter. Great art!!

freebird said...

This is really nice Nancy. I love how real everything looks. I can imagine it took some time to do with all those stones.

phthaloblu said...

So beautiful. I am always amazed when I see watercolor used in such a realistic fashion instead of just washes. It seems so airy and bright compared to acrylics or oils. I really like the effect. If you'd like to check it out, my water color teacher in art school has done some amazing photo realist stuff. I could never get hang of painting, even with as talented a teacher as he is. Here's his website: http://www.robertebuchanan.com/

Just a warning; the picture on his homepage is a painting, it's not a photograph.

Shirley said...

LOVE the rocks!

Krista Meister said...

Nancy, this is absolutely beautiful! Where in northern Michigan was it? I love paintings that evoke special memories. Is this hanging in your house, hopefully?

Liberty said...

this is really gorgeous!
the detail is awesome and I can imagine it must have taken a lot of time and patience!
I love the varied colour of the rocks.

watercoloredhands said...

These rocks make me happy :)