Friday, March 18, 2016

1920's Lindsey Watercolor Painting

Today I thought that I would share with you a little bit of the process I go through when I am creating a watercolor painting. Watercolors have always been a big part of my life ever since I was old enough to pick up a paint brush.

My beautiful Mother (who draws the most darling pictures and paints the most beautiful paintings) always encouraged my sisters and I to explore our artistic abilities growing up. Creativity was a big part of our childhood. As I got older I was encouraged and inspired by many wonderful art teachers as well.

One teacher that I will always be grateful for that made me believe in myself as an artist, was my High School Art Teacher, Ms. Lisa Lyle-Bly. I will never forget her encouragement and the way she made me feel like I  had talent that I should continue to pursue. For a teenager, that meant a lot. It still does.

Now that I am a mother I am blessed to have two daughters that enjoy art as much as I do, and art (in all its forms) is a constant staple in our lives. I should also say that I am thankful for a husband that is patient with all of our artistic endeavors. Even when our art projects take over parts of the house for a while. Love ya babe!
Enough about my watercolor passion, now let's move onto my painting. Sometimes I see something that sparks an idea, that I can't get out of my mind. My "1920's Lindsey" watercolor painting started this exact way.

I gave this painting the title of "1920's Lindsey" because the finished piece reminds me of what my little sister would have looked like is she would have grown up in the roaring 20's. :)

While browsing my Vintage Fashion Pinterest Board one night (awe Pinterest, how I love you too), I found the most gorgeous 1920's dress that you can see in the first picture above. I would dress in clothes from the 1920's everyday if I could!

I then found some gorgeous vintage photographs that I decided to reference for hairstyles, so that the hair would be draw accurately to the time period.

Last but not least, I have always loved the picture of Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss Everdeen, in a Hunger Games book my youngest daughter gave me a couple of years ago. Side note, The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2, is being released this coming Tues., March 22nd. I love both the books and the movies in the Hunger Games Series.

Here is my finished sketch I did on cold press watercolor paper, using pencil.
I always love to mix my watercolors to get the perfect color I am looking for. I then start adding a few watercolor washes to the main areas of the painting.
You can see in this picture that I have used a smaller paintbrush to add some fine details to the painting.
Here is the finished painting above and an up-close view below. I was very happy with how the painting turned out. Creating this blog post made me realize that I somehow need to make more time in my schedule to paint. Painting not only brings me joy, but it also brings a nice balance to my life.
 
Happy Painting and have a fabulous weekend!
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This "1920's Lindsey Watercolor Painting" first appeared on my blog, Artistically Shauna, on March 18, 2016. 

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