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Saturday, May 22, 2010

"AFTERNOON DELIGHT"

I finished this painting a couple of days ago for the Watercolor Passion website: www.watercolorpassion.com  The project theme for this quarter is "food and drink" and so I selected a photo from the reference library of Wet Canvas which I thought fit the description well and one which I would like to paint. It was posted by Devymarie.  The cup reminds me of my mother's china and I think this struck a chord in me - a nostalgic chord.  Who wouldn't want fresh grapes, fig newtons and a hot cup of coffee for the perfect afternoon snack.  The painting is 8" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

14 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

This is really a terrific painting. Great job!

AutumnLeaves said...

Barbara this is really beautiful. I love the feel of elegance and ladylike refinement to the piece. Not a fan of Fig Newtons or of grapes, or even coffee at any time other than the a.m. - unless I am in the mood for it, of course. Still, it all comes together in one exquisite piece of art!

Ruth said...

Barb, Just a wonderful setup. Love the colors you used. This is so light and dreamy. The colors and pieces make one dream of being able to reach right out and indulge. Ruth

Teresa said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Love the vibrant colors.

Barb Sailor said...

Vicki, AutumnLeaves, Ruth and Teresa...Thanks for commenting on "Afternoon Delight!" It has turned out to be one of my favorite paintings and I appreciate your positive remarks about it.
Barb

Ruth said...

Thanks, Barb, for stopping by my blog and for your comments on "Leaves in Design". Your insight to the workings of "art" are spot on. As you know negative painting is not the easiest technique to do, but when it works, it is so satisfying; I love your compliments.
And, I'm still in love with your painting of elegant tea/coffee time. Unlike AutumnLeaves, I love Fig Newtons & green grapes, so your painting is MY "cup of tea". Love it, love it, love it.

Mary Paquet said...

Barb, your work is so very versatile. I just returned from an extended trip back East to find your lovely comment on my blog. I went back through your posts and my, you've been busy. I love your experiments with Yupo, especially the elephant and the abstract. As always, your work is superb.

Barb Sailor said...

Ruth...as you know negative painting is probably my favorite watercolor technique and you handled it so well with your leaf painting. I also love Fig Newtons and green grapes, but my dog Tara loves those cookies even more. Of course she can't have the grapes since they are poison to our furry friends!

Barb Sailor said...

Mary...so nice to have you back! I am honored at your compliments - Thank you so much.

Gillian said...

This is beautiful, Barb. You've managed to capture that elusive quality of light!

BonArt said...

I saw this on Maury's page and I just loved it

Barb Sailor said...

BonArt...thank you for visiting my blog and also for commenting on my painting. Your comment is so much appreciated. It is so kind of Maury to feature our paintings every quarter, isn't it?

ChrisJ said...

You are very fortunate to have started at such a young age. I sometimes feel pressured that I have to make up for so much lost time. I do like the cup and saucer painting. Very delicate.

Barb Sailor said...

Chris...yes, i was very fortunate to have parents who nurtured my artistic side. When I told them I wanted to be a high school art teacher, they had reservations, because in 1956 that wasn't a real secure job. I have never regretted the move and have been blessed a hundred-fold in my life being able to not only paint, but to also be able to have a career in art. Thanks for visiting my blog. barb