Thursday, August 16, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday - Watercolor


Sunflowers, 6 x 8.5 inches, watercolor and ink

OK, so I'm cheating a little bit. This isn't "new" art. But the prompt today at Inspire Me Thursday is "watercolor," and this piece, which I had forgotten about and recently rediscovered, just happened to be propped up on my desk. I had planned on further developing my watercolor skills after I had completed a class a few years ago, but lots of things got in the way and it just never happened.

Now that I'm rediscovering my creative self, I've been digging through all my stuff, and a few surprises have been waiting for me, in the form of materials, completed art, and some sketches that I'd now like to further develop. The little painting pictured here was among those surprises. It isn't quite what you're used to seeing from me (in terms of both style and size), so that's why I'm posting it, and I wanted to show you that I don't always work with colored pencils! It made me feel happy as well, and isn't that what it's all about anyway? Actually, this piece motivated me to take out my nice, new, clean John Pike watercolor palette, and to think about how I want to lay out my paints (although I haven't opened any of the tubes yet!). So I promise, I really will post a new watercolor soon.

24 comments:

lee said...

Love it the colour and the drawing, very good

Pattie Mosca said...

Cheryl...I have a water color that looks like that too!! And it is also a medium that I do not use very much...But I will give it a go!! I think that you could do just about anything with just about any medium...WONDERFUL!

Brahdelt said...

I've been admiring your works for some time, I love the warmth of the sunflower painting!

Zhenia said...

Sweet! I don't work much in watercolours either because I don't feel like I'm in control. I know that that's supposed to be part of their charm but there are some days when I just can't deal with that. :D

katydiddy said...

I love it! It speaks to me of the end of summer.

melanie said...

beautiful!! Sunflowers are among my favorite flowers...

Bee said...

Now that is how to water colour!!! Bright, happy, lovely piece.

Laura said...

Beautiful watercolor!! And I just love the added ink for definition. It seems I get the best results w/ watercolor when I just let it do what it wants! Delightful results most of the time :)

Royce Addington: said...

There's a magical quality to this work...as though the flowers are keeping the most delicious secret!

Lina said...

Love the color and scale of this so much...rub some of that talent onto my hands please!!!

Deb G said...

This is wonderful! You should do more watercolors :)

Miriam said...

Lovely!

Julia said...

Sunflowers always make me happy and yours are great !

Leah said...

these are gorgeous!!! what great color and beautiful drawing you've done here!

Valaine said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of my wonderful summer I had with my children :)

carla said...

Oh... this is such a vibrant piece of summer! It's so very beautiful!

megan said...

this is SO nice...do more, do more!

Pilar said...

This is awesome! You added the perfect amount of ink in this piece to really add dimension and texture. I can't wait to see your future work.:D

Laura Scarlett said...

Wow you have an amazing skill. I really like the hint of the warm pink shade in the top right. It infuses the painting with a great sense of light and energy. Can't wait to see the new watercolours you have planned.

steve said...

Beautifully done! Thanks for digging it out and sharing with us!d

kateri said...

So cheerful AND well done! Don't wait too long to do it again! I know just what you mean about blending colours...but the trade off is such clarity and light!

platinum blonde said...

yay for sunflowers! so pretty

Tag said...

Sunflowers make me happy. So big and bright you have to smile. You're sunflowers carry with them experience in their mature form. Great detail!

Thanks as always for your kind words on my own piece. :-)

Cheryl Finley: said...

Cheryl,
This is a graceful sunflower...kinda like it's blowing in the breeze a little. You do beatufiul work...
...it made me smile : )