Monday, June 9, 2008

Watercolour Portrait "Lovelyn with Peonies"

When I visited my family in May, I drew my sister in law, sleeping on the porch. I took a picture too and finished the painting a couple weeks later at home, where I had these lovely peonies in a vase on my desk.

Watercolour "Lovelyn with Peonies" - size 30 x 40 cm (11.8" x 15.7")

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30 comments:

m said...

This is such a lovely painting Andrea, she looks so quiet.

francoisehavan said...

i love the visit of your studio and specially Oscar ( i love act) as i saw he loves sleeping at the top of the couch like mine always on the highest point . anyway thank you !

Genie said...

Morning Andrea,
Beautiful painting

Ithaa said...

Just beautiful!

Cestandrea said...

Thank you Martine, Françoise, Genie and Ithaa:) You comments always are my motivation for the day and for further adventures with colour and brush. Have a wonderful day,
it's so sunny today here in Paris, a real pleasure to simply be:)
love
Andrea

Natalya said...

a beautiful painting... love the peonie photos too..

Cestandrea said...

Natalya, thanks for visiting:) have a wonderful day,
Andrea

Cris in Oregon said...

This is lovely Andrea. These become treasures as time goes on. Watercolors of family and a time spent with them. Much better then a photograph I think.

Sandpiper said...

This is gorgeous! I love how you use colors.

Cestandrea said...

Cris, thanks so much for your comment and I agree with you, and think it is much better than a photograph, all the more cause the peonies weren't there when I drew Lovelyn:)
love
Andrea
PS I drew my mother in law today, she didn't seem too happy with the outcome cause she considered that one wouldn't recognize her...Well, I guess she's right but that happens when you do linedrawing...:)

Cestandrea said...

Sandpiper, thanks so much for visiting and it's funny cause at the beginning I wasn't happy with all this mauve colour, was I too lazy to do a "real" background? I think so, it bothered me and I had to look for something "else",
love
Andrea

marigaz said...

Rhhoo... ces couleurs sont "so lovely"...

Cestandrea said...

Marigaz:)Bonsoir, je n'étais pas du tout sûr de moi en utilisant toutes ces couleurs "en masse" autour d'un dessin, le résultat a mis un certain temps à me plaire. Merci pour le commentaire qui m'aide dans mon auto-jugement:)
Bonne nuit et à bientôt
Andrea

sukipoet said...

Andrea, am glad to be back reading your blog again. this morning I couldnt read it or comment due to a slow upload on my computer. Lovely painting. Oh, I don't feel a portrait needs to look just like a person physically, but more in the spirit and heart of the person. The "gist" of them and i think you are a master (and margarita) at getting the essence of people down in paint and color and vibrations. Yeah for peonies.

Micki said...

What a lovely painting and a wonderful way to capture your sister forever.

Cestandrea said...

Suki, thank you for you comment, it feels so good to read you again! I like the word gist! Thanks for that, and oh, how I love this book!:) the master and margerita...
Have a wonderful day, and I'm looking forward to read you ponderings again,
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Micky, thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comment, I hope I will be able to do more portraits in the future, but the time has to right and you have to catch the person in a quiet moment, I guess. At least that is what would work for me,
have a great day
Andrea

Kim said...

Lovelyn is very lucky to have you there to paint her. She looks so sweet and peaceful...the peonies soften everything even more. I love the composition a great deal...and of course the colors are fabulous.

As always this is a beautiful painting!

human being said...

so serene...
she'll be glad to see herself in such a beautiful watercolor.

flo said...

so beautifull, excuse me to say it in french, je trouve que c'est gai et enlevé , voilà

Cestandrea said...

Kim, thanks so much for your comment, and I sent the picture to Lovelyn, she got back to me in a mail tellilng me that it was such a surprise:) She is such a lovely and brave person,
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Kim, thanks so much for your comment, and I sent the picture to Lovelyn, she got back to me in a mail tellilng me that it was such a surprise:) She is such a lovely and brave person,
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Kim, thanks so much for your comment, and I sent the picture to Lovelyn, she got back to me in a mail tellilng me that it was such a surprise:) She is such a lovely and brave person,
love
Andrea

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Cestandrea said...

Flo, bonsoir, thanks so much for your sweet bilingual comment:) this is very motivating
love
Andrea

corryna said...

This is wonderful! Would make a nice postcard too.

marianne said...

Hi Andrea,
Oh I knew you would paint the peonies!
But that it would turn out this lovely!
It has something Gaugainish......
I love it!

Cestandrea said...

Corryna, thanks so much, that is a great idea, I have to prepare postcards anyway for my Etsy store:)
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Marianne, what a great compliment thank you,
love
Andrea

A Kite Rises said...

Oh, you are so talented C'estandrea : ) I love the softness of this painting, the expression on Lovelyn's face, the peonies bowing or nodding nearby, like protective flower fairies. I also love your Metro series, so cleverly captured, how you achieve this in a limited time is so admirable, for you can never know when a person is about to disembark. Your descriptions of the people are very vivid too, and full of life and energy, I can exactly imagine what each person must look like and muse, along with you, what is going on with them at the time. A terrific read and visual treat, thank you, as I had such a nice visit ; ) Love, AKR.