"Friendly Feet" 9.5" x 15" watercolor
Kendra, who is a friend on Facebook, is a delightful combination of brilliance and fun. She took this photo and posted it on her wall in black and white. This image is the sixth of ten in my “Painting Facebook Photos” series. Because I know some of these colorful characters who are wearing these shoes, I wanted this painting to have fresh, clean colors. I chose to use only three tubes of watercolor; Pthalo Blue, Red Rose Deep, and Hansa Yellow Light.
I wanted the shoes to sparkle against neutral pavers so I started with a little color sketch. The terra-cotta pavers in the top sketch are warm and sunny, but I wanted the warmth to come from the shoes and feet, so in the bottom sketch I tried a gray-blue with the clean colors coming from the shoes. The result was sparkling shoes and clean colors.
An interesting thing to note is while the sun is coming from one direction, creating the main shadows, there is a bright window creating another subtle light source seen mostly on the boots. Am I an artist or a detective?
"Ladies" 11" x 11" watercolor
I have a friend who travels extensively, purchasing materials for her Rain stores in South Africa, Amsterdam, and New York. She creates bath and body products that pamper all of your senses. On top of being amazingly creative, she is generous and kind, employing as many people as she can in a country with high unemployment.
On a trip to Croatia, she took this photo and posted it on Facebook. I had to include it in this “Painting Facebook Photos” series. What are these ladies discussing? I would be so happy to have your help naming this painting. Please post something in the comments or on my Facebook page. This is going to be good!
"Hagar" 9.5" x 9.5" watercolor
I wasn’t going to do a portrait, but I couldn’t resist those eyes. What a colorful little character is this dog, Hagar. I believe my friend, Melissa, and her husband adopted him from the animal shelter. If the story is different, perhaps she will be kind enough to give the full story in the comments.
This is the fourth in a series of ten paintings. For inspiration, I am using photos my Facebook friends have posted on their walls. In the evening, I look at photos of my friends and I smile. I have very nice friends and their photos show their love of life. Six more paintings to go. Oh, there are some delightful images for me to paint and I can’t wait to share them.
Thank you for your kind comments. You have no idea how much it encourages me.
If you would like to see the first three paintings, you’ll find them here:
1) Ballerina Buddies
2) Fall Walk
3) Claudia and Lola
"Claudia and Lola" 8" x 8" oil
This is Claudia, whom I’ve known since she was a little girl. Here she is with her horse, Lola. Claudia told me that when she was a young girl, she pinned a tail on herself for several months, convinced that she wasn’t a mere human. She lost the tail and is now a vice principal at a nearby school.
This is the third painting in my Painting Facebook Photos series. The first one is “Ballerina Buddies” , the second is “Fall Walk” . I’m having so much fun with these. I hope it shows in the paintings. The next one I’ve chosen is almost finished. It is a friend’s pet; a colorful character named Hagar.
Claudia and Lola
"Fall Walk" 11"x11" watercolor
Looking at so many photos of my friends playing and enjoying life has been so much fun. I’ve perused my Facebook friends’ photos and found so many delightful images that it will be hard to limit this series to ten. Ballerina Buddies is the first and this one is the second.
This painting is from an image posted by a lovely lady who was once our neighbor. She has the voice of an angel and sang in a children’s choir here in Alaska. She is a wonderful mom and loves to do fun things with her family.
I’ve started the next painting and I can’t wait to finish and share it with you. This one will include an animal. If I use one of your photos, I will ask permission before I publish it to my blog or on Facebook.
Fall Walk Reference