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Watercolor and Mixed Media Paintings

Updated on December 3, 2010

The Journey of an Artist

Maybe I should have subtitled this capsule The Journey of an Aspiring Artist though I do feel like an artist at heart.  I think if I hadn't gone into acting I would have become a painter... But the good thing about life is new roads are just around the corner so who knows?

On that note, since I started studying interior design I felt like I wanted to improve my artistic skills and hence started taking classes at the local VHS (Volkshochschule ) which is basically a fancy term for Adult Education here in Germany.

I'm especially fascinated with watercolors although I was not attracted to them for years.  Though I think this had more to do with my perception of watercolors being "washed out" and too soft.  Once I started researching the best mediums to work in for interior design illustration I began to realize what a vibrant and versitile medium watercolors actually are.  I especially like mixing them with opaque paints for contrast.

The above painting is of a man named Martin who is in my class with me.  I painted him while he painted his own picture. 

Martin
Martin
Hand Blown Colored Glass Bottles a Watercolor
Hand Blown Colored Glass Bottles a Watercolor

The Incredible Transparency of Glass

This painting is a mixed media of mostly watercolor and colored pencils. I painted it for an assignment on texture for my Design class. For the most part, I'm happy with the way it turned out though I think it could have been even more effective if I had played more with a reflection off the table.

I had a lot of help with this picture mainly from the below two books.

Chili Pepper Balancing Act a Watercolor
Chili Pepper Balancing Act a Watercolor

This is another painting I did for my Design class. This time the theme was balance - I tried to show that the weight of 2 red peppers was equal to 3 yellow peppers because red is the stronger and therefore heavier color.

This would actually be an example of asymetrical balance because both sides are physically uneven - though visually they even each other out.

Radishes
Radishes

Experiementing with Watercolor Techniques

I painted these radishes last summer using liquid frisket to mask the white areas.  Actually, I was using one of the frisket pens and found that I couldn't quite get some of the lines thin enough (for the little hair like thingies on the radishes) and had to go back in an paint over them.  Next time I would use a paint brush. 

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      edelhaus 6 years ago from Munich, Germany

      :-) You've made my day!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      Oh wow! You've added to this hub...I love the radishes! I am a bit envious, to be honest...Now, edelhaus, I am what one could call an "aspiring" artist....just never had much opportunity to develope...and this is how I want to paint!!!

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      edelhaus 6 years ago from Munich, Germany

      thanks tnderhrt23! I just love color and find I'm always having to edit myself from using too much.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      I think you can safely call yourself an "artist"...perhaps aspired...smile. This is an awesome portrait...again, I love your use of color, especially in his hair and face!