Sunday, October 23, 2011

Making Waves


Making Waves watercolor 4"x4"


Unruffled watercolor 4x4"


Splash of color watercolor 4x4"

These ducks were entertaining a toddler who was shrieking with joy as the birds swam gracefully in circles in a small fountain early last spring.  I watched the birds and the child for a long time and took many photographs. Later, it was pure joy for me to paint the colorful ducks and the water using watercolors. The challenge in the paintings was to capture the different textures of the birds, the fluidity of the water and a hint of reflection. My aim was to make the ducks sparkle with color. Each painting was a unique discovery of beauty of nature, of colors and patterns.  

These are miniature paintings and the top two - "Unruffled" & "Making Waves" were selected for "Small Works" exhibit at the Charles Taylor Art Center in Hampton, VA along with my other miniature "Slow Sunny Day. The show opened today and will run through December 4.  

16 comments:

Thaikaden said...

Very nice paintings. The ripples and reflections are quite natural. Actually I was planning to post these types of pics. Anyway I'm doing it today. All the best for the exhibition.

AK said...

Love the texture of the water. So much movement. Fabulous.

Carol Blackburn said...

Oh, these are not easy to paint and you've done beautifully.

meera said...

@Thaikaden, Thank you :) I will check out your photos soon!

meera said...

Thank you AK! I hesitated for many months to paint these because I was not sure at all I could pull it off. Its really fascinating to watch the ripples move around the ducks :)

meera said...

Carol , Thanks again -- I am very pleased that I persevered too :)

Kathy Staicer said...

They are absolutely beautiful. Great job Meera. Congratulations!

meera said...

Thank you so very much Kathy :) I really enjoyed painting them.

Heera said...

I scrolled down fast and I could see the ducks swimming. Great job Meera. I do like the movement in the paintings. You have captured their individual patterns really well.

meera said...

Thank you Mangala :) The mallard ducks are so beautiful and colorful --I was excited at the challenge to paint them!

padmaja said...

You have made a wonderful series Meera, I loved"the unruffled" a lot more!

meera said...

Padmaja, Thank you ! Usually I don't like to paint in series but this time I loved the process of working on them at the same time --kept my brushes busy and paints fresh as I waited for one or the other to dry :)

Floriana Quaini said...

Ciao Meera, thank you very much for compliments. I like your work for the colours and the freshness (i don't speak english very well)
A presto, ciao, Floriana

meera said...

Thank you Floriana! Its ok we cannot speak each other's language --we both understand the language of art :) . thanks also for following my blog !

Crystal Cook said...

These are beautiful meera. :) I love the way you've captured the water and the reflections. Awesome. :)) And congrats on being included in the show! Best of luck with that.

meera said...

Crystal, Thank you! The show has over 400 'small works' by around 180 artists --its a fun show that I will have to go see a few times to catch all the amazing works!

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