I hope you are having a relaxing holiday (or regular) weekend! We have been in a drought, but at least yesterday we received .15 inch of rain, and this morning it rained for maybe a half hour or longer. Since it was a lovely Sunday morning, I was put in the mood to sit at the kitchen table (like in the movie Green Card?) and watercolor some roses while it gently rained outside my back door. I wanted to try a painting using more water and less control.
I didn't spend much time on it, especially adding the green. But I somewhat followed the gist of a tutorial, found here. It's amazing how different the same method turns out when used by different persons. However, I did the technique from memory, having watched the video a few days ago, and it turns out she used a larger brush than I did, and probably more water, on the roses (unless that's an illusion).
Then I decided to run out and photograph my neighbor's rose bush. The rain was coming to an end, but as I was still in my PJs I put on my winter coat, shoes, and hurried out for a few photos. (You can well imagine what I must have looked like!) I've lived in my house nearly 35 years and this rose bush used to be quite large. Unfortunately, there's not much left to it now, but I have enjoyed seeing the roses through my bedroom window.
Then also this morning, flipping through the few cable channels I take now, I happened to land serendipitously on Antiques Roadshow, an episode that was showing clips from several different locations. At the very moment I turned to it, there was a woman sharing a 1960 watercolor painting by Katharine Hepburn. I thought it was a pretty little painting of a coastline - perhaps the beach where she lived? A Google search went right to it, with the appraisal conversation verbatim, here.
|The whole painting, scanned.|
I was told the green looks like a monster, and I concur!
That's what I get for being lazy!
As a very humble, and no longer overly proficient, piano player, I've always enjoyed listening to others play the piano. Now I find I'm fascinated by watercolors done by others. In fact, you can check out some of Jane Seymour's paintings here. Kinda fun to have a new interest after all these years!
It was so dark and gray outside, the flash went off on this shot, making the water droplets look like glitter. The actual roses are between red and pink in color: hot pink or fuchsia? But I painted mine with simple Prang red (and just a touch of orange).
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.