Monday, December 10, 2012

drawing challenge / cactus






One of Henry's favorite toys when he was smaller was this balancing cactus game.  Always fun when it toppled over!

I found a how-to-watercolor book at the library.  I wondered why I have such trouble with watercolor and the fact that it never looks quite right.  My first attempt is mediocre at best, but I did learn about color value, now to practice, practice, practice.

I am late with my post this week, but I thank Nadine for the invitation!

16 comments:

renilde said...

i would have understood what you were talking about just looking at your watercolor so it can't be that bad for a first attempt, can it?
i think you did great sweet Rachel, that's one cheerful cactus, x

renilde said...

nearly forgot, i'm hosting this weeks challenge, you are very welcome to take part, x

Carole said...

Rachel, it was worth the wait to see your happy cactus. My cactus posting was late too. I don't see any problems with your watercolour workings. Have a great week!

demie said...

I like the colours and your cactus and the fact you are reading a book about watercolourng Rachel!
- I might do the same ;)

mano said...

wonderful watercolor cactus!

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

then, in turn, this is what i find challenging as well, draw from reality, and add the right colours. let me just say i prefer to just put any colour coming to mind, in, not necessarily the colour in front of me... the toy cactus is so dainty, and your watercolour steadfast!
n♥
thanks for playing, rachel. x

Patrice A. said...

that toys is great
and I like your first attempt
with watercolour
not bad at all!

love
Patrice A.
x

sarapirat said...

this is a really nice catus!
hugs to you!

annie said...

What a lovely toy! Great colours.

Kim Henkel said...

Well, I think your watercolour cactus is great! Love the toy too!

Elisabeth said...

Of course I love it and of course you'd be a star with the water colours too! I would not be afraid of your cactus, neither the wooden one nor the painted one. If ever I would dream of a cactus of my own - this would be the one!

Love.

objects of whimsy said...

Not only looks a fantastic toy has great form but looks fantastic in watercolour. I wouldnt use the word mediocre to describe it Rachel its really rather good and I think some practice will produce some great artworks look forward to seeing more.

Helen x

Stefanie Seltner said...

oh, this is nice! beautiful colors!

tanïa said...

Funny balancing game, I would have loved that, too! And your watercolour painting is lovely, the colours are so close to reality, I just like it very much! Go on like that!

Ariane Reichardt said...

A balancing cactus play, what a nice toy!
Dear Rachel,
your water colour looks fantastic... didn't know that one can paint in such a good way with it...!

Love to you
x Ariane.

Peggy Ray said...

Great colors which you matched perfectly... Not an easy task. I think if you put in some kind of background you might like it more, but it looks great to me!