Thursday, February 19, 2015

Little Cowgirl Watercolor Series


 Early 2015 has been fairly busy, but I've managed to find time to fulfil one of my unwritten resolutions- to finish my Little Cowgirl series of watercolor paintings.  Between painting Gizmo Granny and 7 Inch Kara, I don't have a lot of time for personal projects.  After getting some upsetting news in early February, I decided to make time to finish this series off.



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"Morning"
I've always liked the aesthetic of western wear, from practical and sturdy jeans to gaudy rodeo and square dancing wear.  I'm sure part of this appreciation is due to my father, a man who taught me to appreciate Westerns and a good pair of cowboy boots, a man who grew up on a farm in Franklinton, Louisiana and paid his way through college working odd jobs like tending dairy cows.  While I think life on a full fledged farm is not for me, I often cater the fantasy of gentlewoman farmer- some chickens, ducks, and of course, a couple goats.

Below the cut are the three other pieces in the series, "Sunset", "Noon" and "Midnight", all painted at different points of 2014.  All pieces feature a young girl and her favorite animals, from Midnight's coyotes singing along to Noon's ginger cat snoozing peacefully on a bucket.  On a practical level, all four pieces were designed to force me to think about lighting and atmosphere in a medium that isn't all that forgiving- watercolor quickly turns to mud with the addition of one wrong glaze.  Although they were each a unique challenge, I enjoyed painting them and treated myself to the use of my beloved Canson Arches.  Although Arches is too expensive and too soft (in my opinion) to paint comic pages on, I love painting single illustrations on this cotton rag watercolor paper. 



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"Sunset"


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"Noon"


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"Midnight"

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