Saturday, May 22, 2010

Roxanne in Watercolour

A great big thank you to all of your for your get better messages!  I am much better, but missed the Important Rugby Game last week!  Oh well - watched it on television and we won!  So there is a semi-final today and I'm definitely going even though I have to climb up thirty thousand steps - ok, maybe not that many, but there are a lot.

And the last time I did a watercolour, dear Dean of Deano's Den, an artist I so admire, said I mustn't be so hard on myself.  So Dean, I am really quite proud of this one!  I did it in stages allowing it to actually dry, and I think my patience paid off.  Her name is Roxanne and she's the granddaughter of a painting friend of mine.  All that gorgeous wavy red hair!  Hope you like it.

51 comments:

Prabal said...

Good that you are okay now.. And I do hope you do catch the game live..
And also great to know that you are happy with this one..This is a beautiful painting.. You could consider giving it a cool background.. Just touches here and there.. That I think would bring it forward..

AutumnLeaves said...

Liz, so good to know you are feeling better! I have to say that Roxanne is beautiful! I love her hair and her skin tones. She has a look about her that reminds me of Judy Garland when she was young...something in her expression...Your patience did indeed pay off!

Anthony Duce said...

The painting is so beautiful. A wonderful watercolor. You should do more. Glad you are feeling better

James Parker said...

Dean offered good advice, and you have created a stunning portrait...wow!! Glad you're feeling better. I posted your beautiful butterfly on WTTW, but the image you sent was small, and it's a bit blurry. If you'll send a higher resolution jpeg, I'll repost it. Thanks, Liz.

martinealison said...

Je suis heureuse d'apprendre que vous vous sentez mieux...
Très belle aquarelle, cette jeune fille a un magnifique regard.
Bon match!

r garriott said...

Lovely! A gorgeous portrait. Very expressive. The hair looks like it must have been fun to paint.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

I love the composition of this Liz! and he hair is FUN...her expression is so mysterious...great piece...I'm sorry I wasn't paying attention that you were sick...glad you are better!!

Sheila said...

She's lovely Liz! Her hair, her eyes, even her wonderful freckles. Bravo!

Carmelina said...

this is just beautiful...i love the hair and the side lining the face in the shadows....I did something similar in todays post...but with pencils....come by and see...

i love art and living a creative life..thanks for sharing...and you def. should NOT be hard on yourself!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Avocaken said...

Hi Liz! Great job on the portrait! Being hard on ourselves is part & parcel of being creative! It's a good piece if/when we like one of our own works. :-)

Keep 'em coming! You do REALLY GOOD "stuff"!

Ken B.

Marian Fortunati said...

It's GORGEOUS, Liz...

Most watercolor artists who do realistic looking work seem to make work which is stilted... I know I'm not a watercolorist, but part of what I see as the allure of watercolor is making it look like watercolor...

THIS is amazing!! is realistic but it's also watercolorish.... Mary White (sp?) comes to mind... Very very nice, Liz!! You SHOULD be proud!!!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Liz, this is beautiful! I can certainly see why you are proud of this and I'm glad you are feeling better.

Mineke Reinders said...

Beautiful, Liz! You are able to capture personality in human subjects as well as in animals, and in watercolor as well as in other media. You should be pleased with this indeed.

Barbara Pask said...

Very nice Liz, love that red hair.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Prabal. Thank you but I think I have a long way to go still with watercolour, especially when I see work like yours! But I am quite proud of this one. And yes, I did make the game and we did win again, but the Super 14 final is in Soweto next week, not here.


Thank you so much dear Sherry. You are so gracious with your comments - Judy Garland indeed!

Art with Liz said...

Prabal me again - I did put on a soft green wash, but it doesn't show on the photo - and I can't do anything about it as Granny now has the painting!


Thank you so much Tony and I'm looking forward to life drawing next month. Figures and animals are my favourites!

Art with Liz said...

Hi there James - Dean is an awesome artist and I certainly listen to him! I will try and send another pic later. Thanks so much.


Wow Martine, I understood the second half of your comment without a translator! But had to check the first one. Thank you for your kind words - I am well - and your lovely comment on Roxanne!

Art with Liz said...

Hi R, thank you so much. The hair was left to last - I was very nervous about painting that! She has the most amazing red hair.


Dear Saundra, thank you so much. You've been a busy lady so thank you for your kind words.

Art with Liz said...

Ah Sheila, you are so kind! Thank you special lady! By the way, I hope one day to figure out this facebook thing, but in the meantime, don't stop blogging!


Wow Carmelina, yours is an amazing self portrait - love it.

Art with Liz said...

Hello my friend Ken - thank you and you are so right. We are too hard on ourselves. Thank you for a lovely comment - love your visits.


Wow Marian, thank you! I am now going to google Mary White, but what a lovely comment!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Rhonda, I really appreciate it.


Gosh Mineke, I am always so reluctant to post watercolours when I look at yours and my Indian blogger friends' works. So this great comment coming from you is so appreciated. Thank you!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Barbara - she really does have amazing hair!

Gary Keimig said...

great job Liz. You really captured an expression and a personality here.

Charlene Brown said...

Roxanne is truly a beauty!

Hope the 30,000 steps went well... a good workout in preparation for FIFA (only 18 days to go!) if you've been lucky enough to get seats for that as well.

Watercolorist said...

Liz this portrait is lovely. It has such character. I can almost feel her personality. Nice work.
Jean

Watercolorist said...

PS: Did not know you were ill but glad you are feeling better.
Jean

Michelle said...

This is absolutely lovely, Liz!

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Liz! You did a great work here, love the hair colors, excellent. Hope you're okay now :-)

Marie Theron said...

Amazing work, Liz! The skin tones are perfect and the little Mona Lisa smile makes me look at the portrait again and again!

padmaja said...

You are a fabulous artist Elizabeth! The high cheek bones and the deep set eyes is so well done, it is as if we can "feel" the personality!

marty said...

c'est une très belle aquarelle et le modèle est vraiment joli avec ses longs cheveux roux ! j'aime beaucoup, vraiment !!

Arti said...

Gorgeous painting of a beautiful girl! Glad you are better, Liz.This painting is wonderful!

K910athrinA_Petrin0 said...

Cast not the first stone. .............................................

wit 1996 said...

Complete portrait,
position,colors,
transparent,expression.
Beautiful, Willy

Artscapes said...

Lovely painting. Captures the freshness of youth. Thank you for sharing. Elizabeth

Cathy Gatland said...

Hi Liz - hope you're fully recovered by now and Fit for the Final!! Go Stormers! This is a beautiful soft portrait, I've enjoyed catching up with your posts.

Yes, you are in the right place. said...

beautiful portrait - I think I've mentioned before, you have a real knack for these!

Shelley

jyothisethu said...

Liz,
Great watercolor work...
I admire the way in which you brought the expression on her face...
the style of painting the minimum required area is fantastic...
congrats...

SKIZO said...

In your honour and in honour of wall the Illustrators and Painters, I published
an illustration.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Lovely work, Liz! I can "feel" the hair. A beauty.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Gary, thank you so much.


Charlene, I made it up those steps but unfortunately haven't got any tickets for any of the games for the World Cup - don't think I could take all those vuvuzelas!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Jean and yes, I am totally over that horrible 'flu!


Michelle, thank you so very much!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Fabio, a comment from you on my watercolours is treasured! Thank you so much.


What a lovely comment Marie! Never thought of that as a Mona Lisa smile, but in retrospect, I guess it is a bit!

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Padmaja - I really appreciate the compliment!


Marty, merci, thank you so much!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Arti, I really appreciate your visit and your lovely comment.


Hi Willy! Thank you! I enjoyed this one.

Art with Liz said...

Hello Elizabeth, thank you for the visit and the kind comment. I hope you start posting more of your work soon!


Hi there Cathy, thank you for your comment and good wishes. Go Stormers yes! Totally outplayed by those darned Bulls! Maybe next year? By the way Hazel will be opening our Annual exhibition in October if you're down this way.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Shelley, thank you - what a nice thing to say.


Thank you so much Sethu!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Skizo and thank you so much for including me - I am so honoured!


Dear Suzanne, a comment like this coming from a watercolourist like you is so amazing. Thank you.

Dean H. said...

Wow! Looks like I'm the last in the blogosphere to comment on this, Liz! Sorry.
You should really hold your head high on this one! From the finely defined features to the wavy red locks...This is a winner all the way!

Judybec said...

this is FABULOUS Liz!!!!!!

Inês said...

Love her expression.
Good watercolour!