Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kiwi painting

Shortly after starting my blog I posted a water colour painting of a Kiwi the national bird of NZ. I think I was in a bit of a hurry to get new material for my blog and rushed through the painting. Recently I reviewed some of the paintings and decided I was not happy with the Kiwi painting.

It is generally quite difficult to rework water colours, or maybe its just me, I find it much easier to rework, alter or repair oil paintings than water colour paintings. Anyway I changed the old painting and this is the final result. It looks like a completely new painting with very little resemblance to the previous one.


Lucky Girl said...

What a huge difference--it does look like a completely new painting--and I like this version better, it has more realism about it.
I tagged you for a meme on my blog--no obligation on your part though:

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Caroline,

I didn't get to see the previous Kiwi painting you speak of, but this one has been executed very well. It is a wonderful depiction of New Zealand's pride.

Water color is very difficult to use, much more to redo. I admire your patience and perseverance, and most of all, your talent and love for art. :-) --Durano, done!

Andrea said...

This is a lovely painting. :)

I think it is difficult to work with watercolor paint in general. I think they are very hard to master, but you look like you've mastered them pretty well!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Caroline,

I haven't seen the original Kiwi painting you did, but this one looks very good to me.

I believe that water color is the most difficult to rework too, oil and other material are much easier. Of course I only did art projects in high school which I didn't pursue as a course nor a career:-)But I found water color really hard to control.

Anyway, I've just been to a chat site and received several e-mails from people in South Africa reacting to the wave of attacks against foreigners.Wow! I didn't know the situation is that bad, at least that's the impression I get.

I knew about the rapes and the HIV/Aids spread, but the crime rate is staggering.

Anyway, take care. I don't know if you're in a gated community, but I would assume so.

Nice Kiwi. looks real! :-) --Durano, done!

Shinade said...

Oh I think it is lovely. "Actually all of your work is excellent.

I never could master water color. I started out in Acrylics. Then I moved into oil, then graphics, and now I am hooked on photography.

I have been quite surprised to learn just how difficult it is to get a good shot.

But, I am determined to master it.

Hope youare having a grand week-end!!

The Mommy and Me Boutique said...

Your blog is lovely. I love the beautiful picture that you have for your banner!!

Artbeat said...

Hi durano

Yes we do live in a gated comunity with security, its a part of everyday life here, if you want to live a long and fruitful life that is.

I guess the Xenophobia has been brewing for a while. The millions of refugees in this country are allowed to live in the community and I suppose if they want to survive they have to work or steal.

The working ones are hounded for depriving locals of jobs and the ones who don't work are perceived as criminals.

To be honest though I think it has just become an excuse to perpetrate crime and is sadly a black on black act happening mainly in the poorer comunities and squatter camps.

Whilst I think all South Africans are concerned about the millions of illegal immigrants draining the resources of our country, the vast majority of citizens black or white are appalled at the savagery of the criminal elements using xenophobia as an excuse to perpetrate these awful crimes.

I also think the vast majority of these foreigners are not refugees but just plain illegal immigrants and many are here simply to commit crime in a country with poor ineffective policing and an even worse justice system.

Put all these elements together and we have a recipe for the current disaster