Every year in May, the Blue Bells at Lockridge Park bloom. The park literally becomes a field of purple. All of us “locals” visit the park during this time of year to photograph our children among the blooms. My daughter and I go every year. I have taken quite a few amazing (not to be too humble) photos of my daughter over the years. Last year, I shot some of my all time favorites. She was wearing a dress that matched the flowers exactly and she borrowed my big straw hat and sunglasses. I already painted a few portraits of her from that shoot. One, that I named “Dress Up,” is on my list to repaint, as it sold last month. While looking through the shoot photos for the original photo that inspired that painting, I came across another one that I love, so decided to paint that one first. Here it is:
I started this watercolor over a year ago. It went somewhere that just didn’t work, so I set it aside. The other day I decided it was time to get back to painting and to see if I couldn’t get this one on the right path.
When I last worked on this one, I tried some techniques that work really well with my acrylic paintings, but watercolor just doesn’t handle the same way! I went back in with a lot of wet brushes and paper towels to quiet down some of the textures (read: scribbles) that I had previously added and softened up the overall feeling, while keeping same of the interesting texture just below the surface.
I kind of love the now subdued scribbles. Hopefully, I can replicate them in future work. The absence of my “signature” crazy line-work was something that always seemed to be missing from my watercolor work.
Day sixteen of my one a day resolution: Children are soft. Sometimes it makes them a little difficult to draw. No hard edges, no real lines. They are all fluff and smoothness; downy soft curves. So I keep trying. I can’t think of any subject that will be better for helping me develop a little subtlety in my hand. Here’s my most recent attempt…