As I mentioned in my previous blog post, a friend of mine had asked if I could paint a hare with poppies, as a gift for a family member. Now I don’t usually paint flowers, so I thought having little experience of them I should avoid the realistic look, but rather a gesture of the poppy. I started the first picture in watercolour only, but straight off I was not happy with the poppies, then to further my distaste of the picture I felt the hare itself in the reference photo I had, was too square in the nose, and thin in the body, grrrr, I decided to begin a second painting, changing the poppies, and the hare. ( not wanting to waste the first painting I have continued to the end, using caran dache neocolor 2, I am really quite happy now with the end result, however still not keen on the hare shape).
Painting two, is a different hare reference, and a different poppy. I think this is my fav, but they are all quite different, and my friend now has a choice! This one is painted only with watercolour, and I had used the elegant writer. As if a choice of two wasn’t enough, I ended up creating three.
Painting three really started off as having a play with paints, then I created a muddy mess of colours, as I went overboard sprit zing the colours with water. Not to be disheartened and wasteful I set about changing my mess into something, so hare and poppies three was born. Due to my muddy mess of paint, I thought it wise to use the caran dache neocolor 2 pastels to cover my mess. It is not brilliant, but it was better than binning the card, and it is a different look to the other two paintings.
which will she choose? I know which is my fav, who can tell as we all like something different. Please vote for your favourite – just for fun,see top of blog post. The results will not be used for anything, other than I think it is an interesting tool in seeing what people like.