A rainy day watercolour

There’s an old lady who lives nearby and who wears the most vivid, the most colourful and most wonderful rainbow-coloured stripey tights! The rest of her clothes are ‘normal’ and conservative but the legs sticking out from the bottom of her mid-calf coats and dresses are rainbows. I love that she must just like them and doesn’t give a hoot about whether Victoria Beckham designed them or Cheryl Cole recommends them or Expose is showcasing them – or not! She just likes them. To be that comfortable in your own skin is a joy and a blessing so rock on lady! A friend’s little girl calls her Lulu Lollylegs which suits her perfectly. I hope that one day I will enjoy lollipop legs, too.

I mentioned that I am trying my hand at painting with watercolours? I am LOVING it.  Spent a couple of evenings sketching and painting and find it so relaxing.  I said I’d show my better pieces – well here is the first (only!)  one I was pleased with.  It’s a wet into wet technique which basically means letting the paints diffuse across and around the wet paper. It is loose and unstructured which is obviously very different from designing cut files in Illustrator.   Hope you like!

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  • Leslie
    May 29, 2018 6:20 am

    I painted extremely detailed and a structured watercolour painting for 20 years. Then I quit. I got bored with it. Now, many years later, this is the style I truly love and want to paint.
    This is a really lovely painting; you’re good and you must frame this. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.

    • webmaster
      May 29, 2018 9:41 pm

      Hi Leslie,
      You’ve made my day. Thank you so much.

  • Mema
    February 28, 2011 1:07 pm

    I really hope you are going to frame these, Helen. No excuses now they are very good.. love the mistiness of this technique. I wish I could draw and paint; I’m quite a handicrafty sort of person: knitting, sewing, crochet, dressmaking plus all the papercraft stuff I could wish for… but not able to capture a likeness or a scene except with a camera. My dear poppa could – he was great with pastels, but he was gone when I was still too young to ask him to teach me.. never mind, I can enjoy others’ abilities in that department and I am enjoying yours!

    Keep warm

    • webmaster
      March 1, 2011 9:46 am

      You turn my head, lady! My partner keeps saying I should get some of my paintings framed as well but I can’t trust his judgement cos he wears awesome love goggles that totally distort his vision of me and my makey bits (should have gone to Specsavers). I do hope you have a blog and let me know where it is!

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