Thursday, December 11, 2008

Khayalot on the Way Home

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Transparent Watercolor 20x26 cm
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 This is how I saw 2 soldiers on the train on their way home for the weekend.  I love the affectionate way of people here  -  the natural coziness, being comfortable with being close  - both physically and personally. It is especially endearing between soldiers, classmates and the elderly.
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This watercolor was painted from the sketch which I made into a value study last week and was inspired by Karin's challenge entitled Work Boots
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Usually, I don't like to talk about the process of painting, but I have to say - 
I learned so much while painting this, that it felt as though I had taken a class when I was finished.  While it may be overworked and the colors may not be what I had envisioned, this painting will change the way I approach my next work.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, Carol.
Beautiful work and a very poignant moment. You wrapped a moving story around those workboots.
Betty Ann

annie said...

I agree with Betty Ann, you did indeed. WE ALSO learn when you work like this. Thanks for showing us your value sketch plus the painting.
annie

Carol Feldman said...

Betty Ann and Annie - thanks so much for coming by and for your nice comments!

Anetka said...

Carol, your work is so beautiful, and soulful. I enjoy visiting you here.
Amazing place:)

Anonymous said...

I just found your site and you are an amazing painter. Can't believe how realistic some of your paintings of people are. It seems so difficult to achieve that in watercolor. Your people look like real people and must be very close in resemblence to the person you are painting. I will be visiting you often, from now on. Your site is a pleasure to browse.

Anonymous said...

Carol, I love your work!!!

Mona said...

Carol, you are doing such lovely takes on all the DSDF topics. This one doesn't feel overworked at all.
It's also appreciate how you put across in your blog your thoughts and feelings about life in Tel Aviv.

Tamar Orvell said...

Your work is remarkable, rich, and varied. I love how you choose ideas to express, and then paint Tel Aviv stories, big and small. You teach me ways to frame the city's beauty and intrigue and to crop the ugly and vulgar.

adebanji said...

Lovely use of watercolour!

Great use of the theme and reference photo- UNIQUE!

Bill Gavin said...

Carol, I like it...nice lighting.

Mona said...

Carol, P.S., you've been tagged by me on my blog.

marcello murru said...

The two are very nice, personal I lke more the pencil work,is more fresh,I like fast drawing!!And the two faces is very well done.
marcello

Jennifer Lawson said...

Carol, I just found your site. Your watercolors are wonderful—great shadows! Also, love your cafe sketch.

zehava levi said...

Wowo !
Carol I didn't saw yet your art work. I realy think it's amazing
& sensitive color's.
Is it watter color ?
Keep on it's wonderful

Alice Thompson said...

Carol, This is very Lovely.

Carol Feldman said...

@Anetka… what a really nice thing to say. Thank you for coming here.

@ Anonymous (They should have random photos for “Anonymous”)… Thank you for your nice words. I don’t know how close they really are in resemblance to the people, because I rarely see the people again that I paint! I do keep coming back to people, though. It satisfies something in me.

@Anonymous#2 (Another random photo needed here!)…  Thank you!

@Mona…Thank you for coming by again. I really like your work, too. Your tiny paintings the most amazing to me. Thank you for your kind words…but then you had to go a step further and tag me! I may have to give in and do it. I can’t keep ignoring it.

@Tamar…This is really a lovely compliment. Thank you. I like your choice of words, “to frame the city’s beauty and intrigue and to crop the ugly and vulgar.“ I never really thought about it that way, but that is precisely what I tend to do.

@adebanji…I am always thrilled to hear from such a talented artist as you!

@Bill…thank you! It is exactly what drew me to the scene.

@Marcello… You are a sweetheart! Thank you! It takes a good draftsman to recognize the beauty of a drawing.

@Jennifer…Thank you! I just followed your link back from my blog. Why have I never seen you before? Well, anyway...glad I found you. Wonderful watercolors and drawings.

@ Alice…Thank you, it always pleases me when you notice something of mine!

Whew! Thank you all! I think my responses have ended up being longer than the original post!

Carol Feldman said...

@Zehava...I didn't forget you...I just wanted to make sure this was THE famous Zehava! Thank you for visiting me. I was surprised to see your name and very flattered by what you said!

Lisa Isaacs said...

I just arrived at your blog via Hand.It was a delight to see. Lovely to see more Israeli bloggers out there!

theresamillerwatercolors said...

Fantastic work!

Suzanne McDermott said...

When I click on this painting to enlarge, I can see no signs of overwork whatsoever. Also, before I read your post and was just looking at the painting, my first reaction was to the color green (appealing and unique) which I finally identified after writing the word appealing — sort of an apple green — and they way it's set off by that teal blue and the red hair. I mist add how much I admire your incorporation of the boots into a larger, and quite natural context. Bravo.

Erika Nelson said...

Carol it's amazing to see how the boots inspired incited a response from you. Very well done as always! Love the graphite too!

Mimi said...

Evocative picture...I felt a personal connection with the girls.

Sharon Wright said...

I am in total awe of all watercolourists, but you are a master! And your blog is a delight to browse, how did I miss you before now? I love how you take Karins' reference and make so much more of it. Brilliant! You have one very eager follower. Happy painting!

dominique eichi said...

I love both pieces But I really like the colors in the the second one. Your work is so lovely and well done

MANPOLO said...

WOW.AWESOME. Did I miss any words?

gadi said...

wow. this is such an amazing, sentimental drawing. i feel so personally connected to the two soldiers in the drawing. it is definitely one amazing watercolor. so impressed and stunned right now.