the counter, portraits, and color wheels

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Watercolors

Thanks so much for all of the feedback on my craigslist counter.  I know when I ask about painting or not painting a piece, I will always get a lot of comments and opinions!  I usually have a clear idea of what I’m going to do with a piece, but I just knew I loved this one and I would figure it all out later.  And your input has been helpful.

I agree that it has some amazing charm, but there are a lot of issues that you can’t see in the pictures.  First off, here is what the missing side looks like…

Obviously, something has to happen there and it’s not as simple as slapping on a piece of wood.  It looks like it was sawed off of whatever it was attached to, without a lot of precision, so some finagling is going to have to happen to make that side pretty.

Second, the finish upon closer inspection, is not that great.  There are drips and paint splatters and some of the poly is flaking off in places.  I’m no perfectionist, but I do like my imperfections how I like them.

Even with all of these reasons to paint, I find myself wrestling over it.  I have decided to work on this piece in stages, taking it nice and slow, to make sure I get it right.  I started out by applying stripper to a small section of the side, so it wouldn’t be noticeable.  You can see a little square where the grain is a bit more pronounced and the wood is lighter.  (Sorry, the camera isn’t focused on it!)

The wood does look better stripped, but I’m still not sure what direction I want to go.  I’m still waffling.

Aaaaand, I’ve decided this one is a keeper.  It is a very special piece and amazing for a kitchen or studio, so I’m going keep it.  I am planning on selling some of my other counters and large pieces in the studio, though.  I’ll share more about that in a few weeks…

I also wanted to share my progress on portraits.  Man, this watercolor portrait class I’ve been taking has been amazing.  I am already planning to take some more classes!  I’ve jumped over some huge hurdles, like sketching my first portrait on real paper with graphite pencils…

And my first watercolor portrait…

My first painted color wheels to discover flesh tones and eye colors, which was really eye opening for me…

And my first portrait drawn freehand, using the “grid method”…

It didn’t end up being a true likeness, but I’m learning a lot about all of the nuances of the face…

…and I still think she turned out pretty, even though she’s not perfect.

I can’t wait to practice more portraits and jump over the next big hurdle…color.

the counter, portraits, and color wheels

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