Thursday, March 26, 2009

DSFDF Beach




I took a break from a pastel portrait that I am working on to paint the DSFDF Beach this afternoon. I separated the color of the water from the sky/reflected sky and I wish my camera could pick up the subtle color differences within each area. Sigh... That is something I will have to work on another day.

18 comments:

Charlene Brown said...

How is it possible to achieve such perfection of detail and expression in watercolour? (Oil painters have such an advantage in being able to take another crack at it if somebody's face goes wrong) I'm looking forward to seeing more class demos, and wishing I lived closer to Mars.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Beautiful Maria! Charlene is right, your detail is perfect first time around...not something I could do myself. I have to count on being able to correct my mistakes.

Vern Schwarz said...

Well composed and beautifully painted Maria. What is it with the blues? It seems all the little subtleties are lost in photography.

maria said...

Charlene, thank you for you nice comment. I'm blushing! I am always looking and learning from other work that I see. DSFDF is so good to learn from. How someone handles color, contrast, values... Every painting is a great lesson to learn. I look forward to your work too.

maria said...

Dana and Vern,
thank you too.

Carol Horzempa said...

I love your painting of the DSFDF challenge in water color. It's very fresh, with wonderful colors and atmosphere of a beach scene. Very nice!

dominique eichi said...

Great cropping and very nice rendition for DSFDF

DEB said...

Great job! I like how the man looks so contemplative. That's how I feel at the beach.

Carol Nelson said...

Wonderful job on the beach scene. I'm always amazed at watercolor artists. W/C seems so hard to me.

maria said...

Carole, Dominique, Deb, Carol,
Thank you. I focused on watercolors about five years ago and this is where I am today. I also work in pastels and am learning what acrylics can do. I just love the oil paintings that some do for dsfdf and would love to learn, but not now, maybe later.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful job, Maria. Great composition and wonderful reflections.

sam said...

Hi Maria, thanks for your kind words. Lovely watercolour with lots of movement, love the colours:o)

laura said...

Really beautiful; the water, especially where it comes ashore, is fantastic--as are the figure and reflections.

Sheila said...

Maria! I love how you made the "dad" look half way regal! The colors on the jpeg are gorgeous so I can only imagine they would POP I were lucky enough to see it in person!

Carole Baker said...

Your composition , color, everything is so good! Great job.

David Larson Evans said...

This really looks good...well done.

Inna said...

I love it so much, Maria. Perfect! Colors, composition... Is it watercolors? Fantastic!

Chelsie Brady said...

Really nice work! I have a definite appreciation for watercolor paintings and enjoy looking at your pieces.

I want to nominate you for the Passion of Painting award.

The challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to list on your blog 7 things you love. Then nominate/ tag 7 other artists for the same award. Optional, of course, but it is a fun way to get to know other artists and get some more exposure. :)