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9th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2018!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Lots of thinking - maybe too much! - but I have painted Grace twice now and am losing interest but I really don't like either one of them.  I wanted to experiment with backgrounds on these watercolor portraits as I have been leaving them basically blank.  I've been looking at a lot of art - Van Gogh, Matisse - and there is such interest in the background where it becomes such a big part of the overall design.

SO - I found a photo of a beautiful flowering tree and am incorporating that into the portrait.  I really, really hope I can integrate the 2 in some interesting pattern.  This is what I started with this morning and have worked on it all day (in between gasping during football games).  I'll take another photo in the morning to show the progress...


patti said...

I agree, the background is so important. I like that you show your process. You critique yourself pretty tough. Keep up your great portrait art!

Laura Gable said...

Your work looks and feels so effortless, Nancy. Love to see the experimenting. Can't wait to see this one evolve. The background would be a beautiful painting in itself. ;-)