Your Watercolour Paintings Two of my first paintings

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    Agathe
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    I thought I’d show you two of my first paintings, that are still some of my favourites. (Sorry about the bulky paper.) I think I started painting somewhere around mid February, or at least in the latter half of February, and these were done during that month. So they’re not the very first ones, but within the first week or two of painting. I remember feeling at this point that I could paint anything! I used the cheapest Canson paper and White Nights pans. However, I realised that I’d get bored very quickly by having this sort of realistic approach. But learning how to paint loose is a whole other thing entirely! So in many ways, it’s gone downhill since then. 😉 I am learning loads though, and I think that it is more likely that I’ll keep painting when I step away from my comfort zone and expand my horizon. Though it also means way more discarded paintings.

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    Domino Marama
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    How did you get so good so fast?

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    Lora
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    My gracious, these don’t look like a beginner’s work! No wonder you felt you could paint anything! I really believe you could! 😀 These are really excellent! I love them both, the apples and onions look real and they almost look like oil paintings. I totally agree about painting loose; it’s not as easy as I thought it would be, but I think with practice we’ll get there. 😀

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    Agathe
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    @domino I did paint watercolor for a while when I was around 12 and then I painted a little with oils when I was 16-17. Now I am 36 though, so I had a bit of a break. 😉 But painting loose is a whole other story. Not only is it much harder to do, but people are generally way less impressed by the results! (At least my family. My son would say after every painting I did after these that “Meh, they look as if you painted them!”, meaning they didn’t look real enough.)

    @lora Yeah, the oil look is because I laid the paint on thick. It wasn’t really intentional, but because of the paper which didn’t hold watercolor well, so I kept adding and adding to even out the strokes. But it takes a lot of paint! So not only was it wasteful, but it also sort of felt like cheating. 😉 Plus “reproducing” photos would pretty soon become boring. So I didn’t do many paintings like this before I moved on.

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    Agathe
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    Oh, and just to be clear, that feeling of being able to paint anything lasted very short. I do not at all feel close to being able to paint anything. In fact there is very little I feel confident about painting anymore. 😉

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    brynteg
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    You should feel more confident, these are beautiful. Paint what makes you feel happy in a way that makes you feel happy. You have a real talent and do not worry what other people think, paint for yourself. I always enjoy looking at your paintings and am sure lots of the other painters on this site do too. 😊

     

     

     

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    Patrick
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    They are superb Agathe, you hit on a great subject you felt it and painted it and look at the result. It is accomplished work. We all peak and trough in our painting. Some days we can feel we can do anything other days painting the simplest thing can seem beyond us. Your too watercolours demonstrate you have a high natural ability which you need to learn to tap into at will. That’s the hard part.

    Thanks for sharing your early work Agathe its beautiful.

    Patrick

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    Agathe
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    Thank you both of you! 🙂

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    JudyR
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    These are wonderfully realistic still lifes and so well painted, Agathe! Great display of darks and light. Definitely something to be proud of and shows your innate talent. Beautiful!

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    Domino Marama
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    the apples and onions look real

    Erm.. I see pomegranates and garlic.. I guess art really is in the eye of the beholder 😉

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    Agathe
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    Thank you Judy! And Domino, hehe, I didn’t even notice that. 😉 You are right, they are pomegranates and garlic. But whatever people see is fine!

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    AlexK
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    Pretty good for first 2 paintings:) I know they’re not really first but boy they look good! Very nicely painted and structurely excellent! I thought there was 2 photos.

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    Joy Dix
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    Wow!  They look so good.  They’d happily grace any kitchen wall.

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    Brad
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    A Maze ing

    Fabulous, i love them i really do.  I love the light refection from the onion upon the garlic.  Keep it up

    Take time to look and make sure you see.

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