Monday, March 20, 2006

i-fri: Feet

Run Cows, Run!



Finally broke out my new watercolour paints and paper! Wohoo! Having so much fun experimenting. This is going to be used for a birthday card and inside it will say "let's party till the cows come home!" -- while I was at it, I made this one for my brother-in-law too:



I used a technique I saw posted on the i-fri forums about wetting the paper first and then the paint only goes where the paper is wet - which is great, BUT, on TOP of that, it makes all those cool fanning out textures that I love and that is the wonderful surprise and beauty of watercolours. I eschewed watercolours for so long thinking it was something to take up only when I retired to the country, but now I think it's great, cause I have realised (by looking at other i-fri participants, not my own work) that you can get just as intense colours as you can in other media. (also my scanner isn't the best so these images are slightly blurry and the colours aren't as saturated as on the page) It's the working-backwards-layering thing I need to master, since my main painting experience is oils which is opposite. But I'm learning thick and fast and loving it.

Comments most appreciated!

14 comments:

Lou said...

I think you did a great job with the watercolors. Great tip about wetting the paper first.

eriesargonaut said...

That made me smile. I raised a few baby calves a long time ago and they often kicked up their heels like that when they were happy. Thanks for the smile.

Sweet Pea said...

Very sweet and fun - keep enjoying those paints!

ratlion said...

You've got a really sweet style! Love it :)

Suzan said...

Those cows are adorable! Love the illo!

Roz Foster said...

There is nothing better than a couple of dancing cows at midnight. Wonderful cow characters! You've done a beautiful job with the water colors!

Geninne said...

Supercool Kim! Loved both illos...
Thankx for your nice comment on my blog girl, U made my day :-)
Keep those watercolors coming!

georg said...

wow, lovely cows! The birthday-card's happy and warm too - you did a great job with the watercolours.

steve said...

looks like you are indeed having some fun here. great little animal illustrations!

The Unknown said...

Great cows. I love cows.
I once got a card that said I'll love you until the cows come home.
Then I'll go back to loving the cows.
love

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Great little cows & the illo below.
Great about your new paints. Super style!
Take care.

Wee Cottage said...

You can tell that you are having fun with your watercolors. I love the sillyness of the cow painting. It made me giggle when I saw it. Keep up the wonderful work.

Liz Jones said...

Hoedown!!!(Or yellowjackets nest-- hard to tell!)

Great image!

wynlen said...

These are so cute. I love both of them!
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