Thursday, October 11, 2012

Without a Care - sold

'Without a Care' - sold
6" x 6" watercolor on paper

When we went to the farm a few months ago I saw this little girl and only managed to get one shot of her, and it was this one. I loved the light in her hair and her messy little braids. She was so darling. I remember watching her mother gently try to smooth her flyaway hair several times and the little girl leaned into her touch every time. It was very sweet.

Sometimes I daydream about what it was like to be small and taken care of by my mother. To not have to worry about anything, knowing that I was safe, and loved. To be completely carefree and just focused on the moment. Now I think I need to call my mom and tell her I love her. :)

Carefree and happy are what I wanted to express in this painting, as part of the Daily Paintworks challenge for this week to express emotion. And I wanted to try and do that without a direct look into the face. I think her far away expression helps a lot.

Now I must get to work on some commissions that need attention. Play time is over, back to work!


23 comments:

  1. This is a brilliant painting Crystal. As always you capture people so well.

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  2. es genial la atmosfera que tienen sus acuarelas,
    me parecen unos trabajos magnificos,
    siempre es un placer visitar tu blog.
    un saludo desde España

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  3. I love the sunlight in her hair, another airy and wonderful painting.

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  4. Such a special painting, and story, your use of light as always is amazing

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  5. You set the standard, Guvvnah! Others can only follow. The classic CC hair detail, the glow and...... you've painted your story into her.

    Brilliant! hip hip hip Huzzah!

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  6. You perfectly capture the feeling that you want to show in your painting.
    Congratulation!!!

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  7. So adorable. And I love how you explained what you saw. Makes it even more precious.

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  8. You're awesome - just awesome. She is so beautiful and I love the lighting.

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  9. Crystal, I love this painting. And I really like the angle of her face. I completely agree with John about the hair and the glow. I think he's on to a good label: the "CC" effect ; )

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  10. I love her messy little braids, too, Crystal! Lovely painting!

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  11. AMAZING portrait, Crystal. She's beautiful! I love how the light hits her face...and her hair is gorgeous!!! LOVE it!

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  12. How do you get so much of volume. Just look agt that hair. Unbelievable Crystal..

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  13. Beautiful. Love the messy hair!

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  14. I am just wondering how you get photo's of these children without being noticed! I can just imagine you hanging out of a tree with a long lens, lol! If it were me and my luck, I'd probably be spotted and promptly arrested!
    But you seem to just know how to take photo's of the most perfect models in the most perfect light, to help you render the most perfect paintings. It's beautiful! :0)

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  15. You totally captured the feeling of carefree and tenderness in this little gem -- the sun lit braids have a very uplifting and warm feeling to them. It makes my heart melt...

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  16. Play time? PLAY TIME? How can you produce such marvellous paintings as this without working your socks off. ;-)
    Love it!!!

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  17. Your painting have a magic light! how do you do it? :) I love this portrait. Hugs

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  18. Hello Crystal:) Fab this painting! The light is so beautiful and the way you did the hair is so handsome. Love your style!

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  19. How sweet and beautiful and full of love, both the post and the painting. Crystal, I think you have surpassed yourself with this painting! :)

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