The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk
|by William Cowper
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I have never painted a successful Watercolor Portrait before. I took on a commission from a friend of mine to represent her as well as a symbol from a dream she had over a year ago. She had a drawing from this dream so I had something to work from but I was a bit intimidated when she mentioned a desire for it to be done in watercolor if at all possible. I do so love a challenge.
My friend loves Yoga and spiritual wellness. I felt a need to paint her doing what she loves and took her out into the Saskatchewan Outback to photograph her for her portrait painting. Her photos were spectacular (you may see another painting from the set). There was so much spirit and grace that came through that it made this project so much easier for me. I could see the painting in watercolor and no other medium. I tried to dissect the colors in the picture as much as possible and plot the painting carefully. Then, I just kinda went for it. I am so happy with the results.
Watercolor is a magical medium for me. When I finish a painting…I like it, sorta, but it isn’t until a few days later that I look at it and really enjoy it. Every day the painting grows on me a bit more until it is my favorite painting in my whole collection! Its just such a different medium than Oil Paint. I feel the need to step back and allow the painting to be different, lighter, more fluid, rather than pushing it to look like an oil painting.
Just finished my second Watercolor piece from what is turning into a full “Italy” Series. The frame is a loaner, I mostly just wanted to keep the piece protected until I could do something with it. I’m pretty darn happy with it. Watercolor is so different from Oil. I spend so much of my time plotting and drawing and blocking in dark colors. I feel that the final product looks both sharper than my usual work and also looser. This will definitely be something to see in person either at Sundog, Saskatoon or Wintergreen, Regina this winter.
This lovely 23×31 watercolor painting of a canal I fell in love with in Venice is actually my first real attempt at watercolor painting. I’ve been talking about it for years. Buying paint and books about watercolor, talking to masters of the medium, but I have never built up the guts to give it a go. What if I screw it up and I’ve wasted all that paint and paper? What if I fail? Also, trying something new is different and hard and staying in my comfy safe space with oils and acrylic is very nice. It is a lesson about life as much as it is about art. We need to challenge ourselves more often. We need to grow. It’s wonderful how different subjects and mediums can influence one another to create something extraordinary. I’m not saying I am there yet but I’m not going to stand in my own way either. I am happily pleased with this piece. I think I shall attempt a watercolor portrait in the future.