Thursday, 5 January 2012

"Daisy" ... and a ~"Happy New Year"~

~Happy New Year"~ to you all!
I love this time of year, they say 'winter' officially starts on 21st December (the shortest day) and as far as I'm concerned Spring is just around the corner as soon as we reach January 1st! Lambs will soon appear in the fields, my 10ft Camellia is ready to burst into flower, snowdrops are popping their heads through the ground and the year is lying ahead for us to make the best of.
Have any of you made any New Year Resolutions? I want to make the best of each day, which I try to do anyway, and I hope to take my art a stage further by building a website.
"Daisy" is my first attempt with Watercolour Pencils. She is a lovely wee dog and belongs to friends who live in Somerset. I tried her first in watercolour, but wasn't happy with the result. I've no idea why I thought of pencil but feel happier with the result, and have to say I enjoyed every moment.


Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Ingrid the dog is great work. Love your watercvolor painting with this pencils.Just i have discovered Derwent soft color pencils and received them for my birthday. Started it working with them and it works great. But later on can you see that on my blog.
Your work is marvelous.
Lovely greet

Victor Errington said...

Hi Ingrid.
I think you have done a fantstic job with Daisy ( What a lovely name for a Dog ) You are a true Animal Artist Ingrid. I loved your Robin, Watercolour, I will have a go at a Robin in Watercolour also ( I hope ).
All the best Ingrid and a happy new Year to you and yours.

John (JWJarts) said...

You know how I feel about this one ... Fabulous!!! For a first journey into Watercolour Pencils, this is amazing. You have perfected the art of "less is more" and you gloriously understate the detail to the extent that the soul and character of the animal jumps to the foreground. One of your best yet. ;-)

Ingrid said...

I really enjoyed using the Watercolour Pencils Marja, and I will try them again. Thank you so much for your encouragement! :)

Ingrid said...

Many thanks Victor, good to see you! I cannot help myself when it comes to painting animals, I love it very much. I look forward to seeing your Robin in watercolour. All the very best for 2012! :)

Ingrid said...

Thank you so much John! You are a great friend, always there to support me and that means a lot! :)

Pat said...

Daisy is a stunner! Really well done :)
Wish you and yours a very happy new year xx

Ingrid said...

Hi Pat, good to see you. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment on Daisy. I have noticed your blog doesn't show up in my blog list. I have to look you up to see what Ms Missy has been up to.
Happy New Year to you too Pat! ~X~

Sharon Wright said...

Love that eye! The focus on one part really makes the drawing exceptional!

Ingrid said...

Great to see you Sharon, so pleased you like Daisy ... and the eye! If I don't connect with the eye I go no further. tc. :)

Keith Tilley said...

This is wonderful Ingrid and a first attempt as well. I think watercolour pencils might be very good for painting animals.

I have a bit of a 'love/hate' relationship with watercolour pencils. They are ideal for sketching, but I miss the flowing washes of watercolour. I keep trying them though because they are so convenient.

Ingrid said...

They certainly are convenient Keith and I suspect they only worked so well this time because Daisy is so much black and white. I will try them again but like you I suspect a love/hate relationship is on the cards. I love watercolours too much to settle for anything else. Many thanks for your lovely comments Keith! :)