Monday, 15 January 2018

Watercolour portrait play

Hello friends, - today I have another little portrait and some warm up exercises to share. These were inspired by the second week of Lifebook 2018. This week we had a guest teacher, Andrea Gomoll, who inspired us to work creatively with water colour. Loved her class!

Here first of all are two warm up excercises, the first one followed her instructions pretty much exactly.
I just did it in my own chosen colours and elements. Adding the water droplets was an idea from Shirley Deatcher from Papercreations by Shirley, who is also doing the Lifebook classes. I think many of you will know her, if not check her out, she is an amazing artist!
With this next one something went wrong and it became a complete wet mess, so I put some clingfilm all over the wet painting and let it dry. This then gave me the background to add the other elements.
Finally, the main project of this class, a watercolour portrait with an inspirational quote. Andrea's portrait style is very different from mine. At first I tried to follow her style (more cute), but I absolutely could not do it and failed miserably, so in the end I gave up and did my own style of portrait... There apparently is something deep inside me that really resist "cute" lol.....

Anyway, that's it for today. Hope you are not getting too bored with all my portraits, I am trying to keep these posts short as I know how busy we all are, - but in any case, thanks for your visit, and happy creating!


Kate Yetter said...

So many wonderful pieces from your Lifebook class. You certainly have a talent for watercolor. Each one is so beautiful!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work, love the addition of the droplets. I know what you mean about cute! Hugs, Valerie

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow what a nice class to follow, I really love these projects, both are very beautiful, and give me inspiration , thank you very much for showing your beautiful art work!!


Dortesjs said...

magical, love it

Annie said...

Fabulous creations with amazing details Astrid x Very clever to place cling film over your paints that you were not happy with. What a lovely quote to use on your stunning portrait. Great to see you enjoying this course so much x

Huge hugs
Annie x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, your projects are so beautiful! Your warm up exercise pieces are amazing, I love the designs and all the texture 😁. I really like the clingfilm background too, I've never heard of that before so will have to give it a try. Your portrait is lovely, she has such a dreamy look and feel about her 😁. Wishing you a great new week! J 😊
p.s. thanks for your lovely comments on my blog and your thoughtfulness! J x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Beautiful Astrid xxx

Dorthe said...

Such lovely face, I also don`t like too cute- she has such beautiful eyes ,-- and the two first pieces so filled with great details .
Hugs, Dorthe

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous time you are having and such wonderful art! I love the warm up pieces and your portrait has a wonderful dreamlike quality - she looks so wistful! Have great week! Chrisx

Meggymay said...

The pieces of art all look wonderful Astrid and I really like your portraits. I'm not a fan of any of the results I get when I try to do cute.
Yvonne xx

Jackie PN said...

Gorgeous watercolors Astrid! I especially love how the first looks so dimensional! and no, i'm not getting bored with seeing these- I love when we stretch our wings and try new things!
hugs,Jackie xx

Anonymous said...

Your artwork looks beautiful. Water droplets in middle was a different idea...

Pamellia said...

These are fantastic Astrid! Your backgrounds are just brilliant. So many different design elements and patterns, and I love the randomness yet perfectly placed appearance of the pages. Seems you are really enjoying your classes. hugs :)

froebelsternchen said...

These are wonderful Astrid! So beautiful your watercoloring art as well!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Your art is beautiful in its own right, Astrid, but Andrea's is as well and I'd call her style whimsical. Having said that, let me just stand up for cute. It's as legitimate as any other style and has the sad fortune to be the stepchild of art. Everybody love to diss cute. SMH. xoxo

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Astrid, I've been away so behind :) I love your art from week 2, they are both gorgeous. I appreciate your mention of my name, thank you :) Of course you have to be true to yourself and create art in your style which is definately not 'cute'. Andrea's drawings and art leans to 'cute' but I love her lessons and techniques and she seems like such a sweet lady. I see your art as elegant/vintage mixed media. I tend to gravitate to whimsical with vibrant colours with either watercolour or inks and/or mixed media with lots of layers and texture, but I also love elegant using flowers! Too many things to try ! Its fun to see your interpretation of the LB2018 lessons :) take good care, Shirleyxx ps.. hope I haven't rambled too much :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Sorry all three are gorgeous, I said 'both' in my comment :) I really do love them all :) xx

butterfly said...

Love those watercolour pages... I was working with watercolour splodges in November and had a lovely time. The Peace page really appeals to me - composition, colours, textures - all adding up perfectly. And the Star woman is wonderful too.
Alison x

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