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Friday, February 14, 2014

"Close To Home" My Coffee Cup, Andrea Barskiy

I've done this little watercolour a while back. It was my first ever painting and I'm so proud of it. I still didn't know the concept of  "water" in watercolours. Maybe the next one won't be so colour intense! :-P But, it is my favourite coffee cup.. I should say mug as it's pretty big!

Anyhow, I'm looking forward to all the beautiful work all of you provide for my viewing pleasure. :-)


17 comments:

  1. This is your first drawing EVER? Wow! Well, you cannot stop now. Time to take off and fly, woman! Love the mug, and love the color intensity, and love that you want to join us here at PPP&Ps!

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    1. Thank you for your comment Lynn, and your encouragement. I really appreciate this. This wasn't my first drawing... though I'm more a doodler than a drawer(?) :-P But it was my first time using watercolour. I never thought it was that hard to use. I'm learning this now and hopefully, I'll be able, in.... hmmm.... 20 years(?) to get a grip of that medium. I'm looking forward to doing more "close to home" stuff. I need to get my chair and go paint my house now! :)

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    2. Awesome, looking forward to YOUR HOUSE! Done Plein Air no less!!!!! Yippee!

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  2. Well done Andrea...watercolours are a lovely medium to work with. The beauty of them is that you can layer one colour over another (once the first layer is very dry of course). Practice is the main key to it, as you get the 'feel' of how they work.

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    1. Thank you Ann.. I'm still getting used to the amount of water I can use and figuring out the layers.. it's so fun!

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  3. This is wonderful, Andrea! It certainly doesn't look like a first painting. I love the marked levels, LOL.

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    1. That is a funny story there Melisa. The reason for them is very simple: when I started my little painting, my cup was full. Then, I got all caught up in figuring out how to mix that dark red / burgundy. By the time I got to paint the actual coffee in the cup, my real cup was now empty. Thus the marked levels! :P

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  4. I'm honestly a little relieved that it was only your first water color painting! ;-) It looks pretty perfect to me! But then again there are natural talents who just can do it and it works! (I don't work well with water colours!) Beautiful work Andrea! :-)

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    1. Don't be relieved too too fast.. some on my work is yurk! I just wanted my cup to look really really really good as it is my favourite! :-p Still need lots of practice!

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  5. Beautiful job, Andrea! I'm self teaching myself watercolors, too. They're tricky! :)

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    1. They are tricky, Lisa, but, aren't they so much fun. At the moment, I'm making charts of all the colours combinations I can get form the watercolours I currently have. I'm just having a blast.

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  6. You did a really nice job with the watercolors!!! Good for you that you are attempting something and challenging yourself. I see you did it on a S&B Alpha. They have really good sketchbooks. I've tried most of them.

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    1. Joan, I got that paper from a sample I ordered from S&B. Had a small postcard size of all their paper. I really enjoyed painting on them. Just the right size for a try-out and the paper is really good quality. I thought my little painting here would buckle and twist and all, but once dried, it returned to being flat as a board. I was really impressed.. too bad they don't sell their sketchbooks in Mexico!

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  7. I paint with watercolor (yes a hard medium) and I enjoy bright colors. Your painting has a lot of character to it! I see your style!

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  8. I love the cup too, and the story about the levels! A cup is such a constant, friendly companion. Nice to meet yours!

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