Monday, August 2, 2010

Two "Poppy" Paintings!

"Poppy"
5" x 7" 
Watercolor and Gouache 
WN 140 lb. CP paper

Meet Poppy! Isn't she just a doll?! She lives with Laura over in the UK. Poppy is a Yorkie and Laura was kind enough to let me paint her lovely face! (If you click on Laura's name, it will take you to Laura's Flickr Photostream where the image I used to paint Poppy lives.) I have had the best time with this! My muse was so excited she was doing little pirouettes all around the studio.

This was painted entirely with a waterbrush. You can see the gouache most clearly at the top of her head in her white "bangs," however there are actually touches of gouache throughout the image. There are also touches of turquoise, purple, red, orange, blue and green.
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The image above was painted in the morning. I kept thinking about it most of the day and finally decided to have another go.....
"Poppy, Fast and Loose"
5" x 7"
Watercolor and white ink
WN 140 lb. CP paper

This painting of Poppy was done in 45 minutes—top to bottom. I couldn't have done it that quickly without having created the first painting. This looks a bit more watercolor-y to me. Not as many color variations as the first portrait. There are touches of turquoise, purple and blue.

Not sure what to think about the white ink.....

Hmmmm, now I gotta go find something else to paint.....this was fun!!!!!!!!

16 comments:

  1. Great paintings Laure. I thought the first one was a photograph that you were going to paint. The second one looks like the painting. Each has their own look. These little dogs have such character. You have captured it wonderfully. Can't wait to see what makes your muse dance next.

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  2. She is absolutely adorable!! Both of her. I can't believe you did the second one in 45 minutes.

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  3. Sweet pup! The detail in #1 is amazing and my taste leans towards that one. But I love the "I just woke up' feel of #2.

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  4. Both are just terrific! I can see why your muse was dancing.

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  5. Oh my goodness, that first puppy is SO adorable and I love the way her hair is all over and the sweet look on her face. A perfect model.

    The second one is very 'watercolor;, free and easy.

    Fun!

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  6. Oh so cute! Wonderful paintings, and I'll be your muse is so happy you're listening to her...

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  7. Thanks, everyone!

    Lisa, my aunt had one of these Yorkies and she was quite the character—I'm pleased to know I've captured some of that with these paintings.

    Thank you, Cheryl, it took doing the first one to be able to do the second quickly.

    Thanks Pam!

    Thank Vicki! Yes, the muse is thrilled!

    Thank you, Teri!

    Yes, KJ, the muse is quite pleased and happy....at the moment!

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  8. what a sweet face, and 45 minutes yowsers.. That is just amazing to me. I like all the colors in the first image though. I really need to add more color to mine.

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  9. Cutie pie, and you really caught this little one, Laure! Great job on both!

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  10. FORTY FIVE MINUTES?? WOW
    I cant believe how real it looks in such a short time. I like them both. but I too thought the first one was a photo. I love them.

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  11. Oh gosh, you are such a good painter of a dog!!! I love them both! Poppie is a doll! I can see why would would want to paint him!!!!!

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  12. You did a great job on these, Laure - cute dog too!

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  13. Poppy is so appealing! I want to run my fingers through his fur. I hope he get to hang is a special place, especially the first one.

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  14. Hi Laure, I haven't been able to visit for a long time and it was such a treat to visit and see this wonderful drawing. What a treasure and jewel.
    Hugs
    Pat

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  15. She's painting... yay.... good for you! And doing a fine job... both lovely paintings.

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  16. What a sweet little face! Both versions are wonderful, Laure. Now if I can just encourage my own muse to be this cooperative!!!

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