Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hide and Seek (Finished!)

Some pieces takes much more work than others -- not because of the frustrations you encounter when painting them, but somehow, they just beckon to be put aside after every layer of color, so that they can be looked at with a fresher eye after a while. This is one of them. It started at the beginning of this year, and every time I thought it is close to be finished, something seems to be missing. It was hard to tell exactly what has to be done though, so I had to put it aside and take it out to reevaluate from time to time. For now, I think it is finished. I'm quite happy about the intensity of color and value contrast, and the soft color transitions in most pedals. I will paint a larger version of it and submit it to Illinois Watercolor Society's 24th National Show -- hopefully this time, with the small study as a road map, the progress of the bigger one will be much faster...

Hide and Seek, 
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# Cold Press Paper , 5"h x 7"w, 2012 #17



  1. It's really gorgeous! Just glowing. I think we all have Spring fever:) Good luck on your large version!

  2. The colors are juicy and ablaze! great job! All the best with the bigger version!

  3. Holy smokes Arena! That is just gorgeous! Really love your colors. Truly this is one superb painting. :))

  4. Arena, this was really worth the wait. Those colors are so unbelievably RICH!!! BIG KUDOS to you!!!

  5. Arena, the glowing colors are so wonderful. Sometimes things really just have to stew for a while and the end result is well worth the wait. Looking forward to more.


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