Watercolor Wednesday


Either Give Me A Hand, or Get me outta here!:)  Not sure which.

I began with two reference images; a woman in a fancy ball gown and an image of a child cheerfully reaching for something.  I fully expected to use the reference very loosely, as a springboard for a sweet ethereal scene.  But it quickly shifted into sometime else.  I went with it. Resistance was futile.

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  1. stuck in fairytale land

  2. Your watercolor work is amazing!! Love the layers of expression here. Beautiful!!

  3. artblablablablog said:

    Hmmm….the child wants away from the wicked mother, definitely. Or, could be a personal thing 😉 Beautiful image, provocative as always!

  4. settleandchase said:

    Gosh, something dark is happening here..what a powerful image – and I agree, much of the push-pull about it..

  5. Feels like reaching out to me 🙂 I’m so amazed at what you and the other artist bloggers can do with watercolours….and colours in general!! 😀

  6. This is beautiful, you have a very unique style!

  7. Beautiful expression in painting. I loved it. Thank you dear Elena, love, nia

  8. It’s a little scary Elena. The woman reminds me of Dame Slap from the Magic Faraway tree and the child is reaching up for help!

  9. Wow, really different piece, Elena! Love it!

  10. Funny how art has a mind of its own! What a pleasure to be back to your blog. I have been working on my sketchbook and getting my post-a-day up and then out of time for blog hopping. Now that the sketchbook has been mailed away, I get to feast my eyes on your lovely artwork again. 🙂 I’ll have my sketchbook up on SnoBoot SketchCats soon and will do a series on my blog. I so admire you for getting yours done so long before the deadline….at least I got it done at all. Thanks for continuing to come by and for showing your appreciation of my blog even when I’ve been absent from yours for awhile. See you around the blogoshpere!

    • Hi Sheri! My pleasure. I’ve been enjoying your beautiful photos and look forward to getting a peek at your sketchbook! Congrats on getting it finished! Thanks for visiting.

  11. I don’t know about casting a spell. But the child definitely looks like he is using a power to move or repel something from the path of the VIP he has been charged with escorting through the forest.

  12. There is something very magic about this water colour. Who is casting a spell on who. It seems like a fight of sorts. As always the strokes and the colours are amazing. Your style is nothing short of extraordinary.

  13. exiledprospero said:

    Looks like a child well acquainted with the martial arts.

  14. I think she’s casting a spell to ward something off. It’s like a stolen moment from backstage of a fantastic children’s book. Lovely.

  15. There is a very cool story to be told through this painting- it’s amazing. I really love the blending of the purplish shade through the green back ground. Your details are beautiful.

  16. I find the child more scary than the woman !

  17. the foreshortening of the arm is striking. Well done! what will happen? Suspense…

  18. I think that young girl can hold her own – she is summoning up some magic herself.
    Fabulous painting!

  19. haha, i hear you on the “resistance was futile” statement. such is the way with moving water that happens to be full of paint! wonderfully brilliant painting. love it!

  20. Using the size and condition of the child’s hand as evidence, I fear something not nice has happened here. But I’m just finishing Gillian Flynn’s ‘Dark Place’ and maybe I’m bringing external baggage to my interpretation.

  21. Wow! I love it. One thing you do, which I have yet to accomplish with any consistency, is create a whole world in a painting, and so often filled with magic!. It’s hard to know what to make of that creature, with her bonnet that might be a sinister mask, and her ribbons streaming out around her, perhaps to catch her escaping prey!

  22. Wow, fantastic work – drama, intrigue all brought together in a lively mix of colors. Wonderful!

  23. i love that line, “resistance was futile”!

  24. Very beautiful picture, dear Elena!
    I choose this title: “Give Me A Hand”
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day dear Elena and many blessings! 🙂

  25. Having just seen the Richard Jones production of Hansel & Gretel at the Lyric Opera last weekend, this seems very apropos. Check out his design:
    (this is from the Met’s production, but Chicago’s is similar)

  26. Amal Karzai said:

    Not so sure where this comment will post. There’s a huge narrative coming from this painting!! I think you’ve made magic

  27. What an incredible painting!
    Incredible talent.

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