Sunday, March 18, 2012

Small works

"Wedding Day"
10" x 12" Watercolor on Hot Pressed Paper

My Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is sponsoring a show in Palo Alto at the Pacific Art League's Norton Gallery. This is a juried show, unlike our other exhibits and our Members' Show. I am experimenting with pieces to enter. All framed pieces must not exceed 14" on any side. So I figure for the next few weeks I will concentrate on painting small.

I painted Bob's paternal grandmother, Bertina, once before. You can see the painting here and read about this adventurous spirit. The third post shows the finished piece.  I felt I had some drawing issues with that one and I wanted to try something a bit different. This time I included Bertina's pretty floral headpiece she wore on her wedding day. 

Ted Nuttall had us painting on hot press paper and I really like it. I can push the paint around and do many layers by letting each dry thoroughly. The result is painterly, which I like. In case you are wondering, I have not yet gone back to my collage that I have half completed. I will after I get some painting out of my system.


hw (hallie) farber said...

Mary, this looks like Bertina's photograph--you captured her delightful expression. I really like it.

CrimsonLeaves said...

She is beautiful, Mary. I love that gorgeous wreath in her hair too.

Tim Robinson said...

This is nice.