Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Some moody watercolours

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping in here today.
Those of you who follow my blog and my work will know that I LOVE stamps. I am sure I have hundreds of them, if not more. BUT.... their one draw back is that they can make you lazy. It's so quick to ink up a stamp and press it down. Creating your own art work does take a lot longer....

Anyway, I thought it was high time to take out my paints and pencils once more and do some original artwork, going back to my first love, - watercolour.
So, today, as I am on holiday and have a little more time, I am sharing some of my recent watercolour explorations. A series of moody watercolours and a little portrait.

It's a story from winter into Spring, - so here goes:
A wintry one with the last patches of snow
Evening sun set
Pale winter sun in the late afternoon
River bank (the composition went wrong and I ran out of space for the foreground tree, - duh)....
This was meant to be more Spring like, but it all got a bit dark. I think I have been rather influenced by the weather here which has been rather dark lately.

And here is a little child's portrait, children's faces always fascinate me, it's so hard to capture their innocence...

Well, that's it for today, thanks for visiting and indulging me with my little arty efforts. I'll be back with some more crafty/ mixed media projects soon, meanwhile, hope you get time to do something creative!

34 comments:

Joi at RR said...

Oh oh ohhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - how very very special is this post ASTRID..... (at least for me!). Your paintings are just... well... there isn't a good word... how about... WONDROUSLY UNIQUE and BEAUTIFUL. Although ALL are just GORGEOUS... the first two are my favorite. The first one reminds me of a day at the ranch - even looks like our fence!! And the second one... of course, has a shade of orange!!! I just keep going back to look.... soooo soooo peacefully lovely. And your little girl is precious too. Thanks bunches and bunches and bunches for sharing these..... MADE MY WEEK girl!!! XXj.

Fliss said...

Wow! These are all absolutely stunning Astrid! As Joi says they all look so peaceful and serene and the little girl is adorable.
Fliss xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Amazing selection Astrid! They are all so beautiful and I can see why you love water colouring! Hugs, Chrisx

chrissie said...

Amazing paintings Astrid and such a variety. The child's face has such feeling in it.

Enjoy your time off work

Love Chrissie xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Your water colours are all beautiful! Hugs, Valerie

rachel said...

is there no end to your talents Astrid - gorgeous water colours - love them allx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous water colours Astrid. The one of the child is beautiful.
Yvonne x

Almo said...

Astrid your watercolour artwork is beautiful, I especially love the colours of the evening sunset one, and even though you say it may be a little dark, I do like the Spring scene. You are very clever, I do wish I could watercolour like this and I do hope you will show us more as and when you get chance to do them. Mo x

Redanne said...

Well Astrid, all I can say is - if I could watercolour as beautifully as you I would not have the need to use stamps at all. Your pictures are incredible, I love each one, but the sunset has stolen my heart, it is so beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

Mrs.B said...

Stunning watercolours Astrid and each scene is beautiful and serene. Love the child's portrait she has a gorgeous expression.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Stunning watercolours Astrid and each scene is beautiful and serene. Love the child's portrait she has a gorgeous expression.
Avril xx

Patty O'Malley said...

You are so talented, Astrid!

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Astrid,

ich sitze hier und kann nur staunen. Wow, was für wundervolle Aquarellbilder. Eines so wunderschön wie das andere. Ich kann so etwas gar nicht und bewundere deine Kunst. Egal ob Landschaft oder auch das liebliche Kindergesicht ich bin total hin und weg von deiner Malkunst. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

maria's knutselplezier said...

Woooooowww, What a great Artist you are!!! Great watercolours, I love the whole book very much!!

Have fun!!
Maria

Maryann Laursen said...

Isn´t there anything you can´t do just perfect Astrid? This is outstanding and fabulous work as well as what else, you´ve ever done, and I just absolutely LOVE it. Boy I wish, I had just a tiny bit of your skills for painting, as everything you touch is alwaysb soo sooo beautiful asn also these ones here today. I really LOVE them all. Enjoy the rest days of your holiday hun and keep it for whatever YOU want to do for you.

Brenda Brown said...

You've been hiding this light under a bushel my friend, these are fabulous watercolours, beautifully composed, wonderful scenes and lots of atmosphere. I started with oils but would never go back to them but you have a talent here and I'm looking forward to seeing more. Xxx

brenda said...

Oh my goodness Astrid, such talent with a paintbrush, each and every one a sheer delight with different elements to draw the eye. I love anything Nature related and scenic work always draws me in art shops, and if I had to choose, which I am pleased I don't but that sunset would come close to the top alngside by the first with the fence.

Thank you so much for sharing.

B x

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous Astrid! Each and every page is beautiful! So artistic and creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jackie P Neal said...

Wow Wow and WOW! Absolutely gorgeous watercolors Astrid!! Is there anything you cannot do? These are spectacular- thank you so much for sharing! xoxo

Dorthe said...

They are so beautiful Astrid. Dreamy , serene and masterly done. You have so many talents, dear.
The child amazing is lovely, too, and I love the look in her eyes.
Dorthe, xoxoxo

Sara Barker said...

Astrid, if I were you, and I'm not, but if I were...I'd throw out every crafty product and stamp I owned (Except those watercolors and pencils, of course), quit my daytime job, all those DT's and do nothing but paint all day!!! I'm not going to pick a favorite, because they are all wonderful displays of soulful watercolor landscapes, but I am amazed at the little girl most of all. Portraits are so hard to do, but you have captured the innocent inquisitive look of a child for sure! Amazing art, my dear! Hugs!

Candy C said...

Astrid, I am in awe of your watercolor talent. Your landscapes are totally beautiful. And your portrait of that sweet innocent child's face is so lovely. Oh to be able to paint like that! You are so talented in everything that you do!

Beth B said...

Astrid, your watercolors are so beautiful! Love the soft and subtle colors!

Susan said...

Absolutely beautiful. I have tried water colors in the past and found that they are far beyond any talent I possess, thus I so admire your work. Thank you ever so much for sharing. I also love your cards and stamped works.

Kathy Bradley said...

Astrid - what gorgeous sketches in watercolor - oh my goodness - I love each one!

Paper Profusion said...

These are fantastic Astrid! My first reaction, like some others above, is how did you even bother with stamps when you have such wonderful talent?!?! I hope you continue to paint more often. I love the very first one especially, but they are all terrific. Nicola x

Kathy Gnj said...

Amazing paintings Astrid! I'm in awe at how beautiful each is. You are so very talented and I appreciate your sharing you art.

Lagene said...

Gorgeous water colors!

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Ohh my !! How did I miss this post. You are brilliant with watercolors Astrid!! love all these paintings (actually I pinned them on my board to admire them again )

Suzanne C said...

These are fantastic! What beautiful landscapes you have painted! Wow!

butterfly said...

Beautiful... the pale winter sun made my breath catch in my throat. So glad I did some scrolling!
Alison xx

Ruth said...

Well, what to say, I adore the effect of watercolour and to me this is such gorgeous, beautiful work, what a treat of a post. Watercolour landscapes get me every time but your childs portrait is my favourite. Amazing work Astrid, hope you'll be sharing more of your watercolour talent with us. Ruth xx

A Pink said...

Astrid, thank you so much for sharing your own hand painted watercolours. Your work is fabulous and needs to be seen. You should have these framed and up on a wall for all to see . You are incredibly talented .
hugs x

Sandy said...

Astrid I wonder if you know just how talented you really are - such beautiful water colors. I would love to see more water color cards by you that's for sure!!
sandy xx

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