Friday, May 4, 2012

scarred

watercolor

“There is no glory 
in being a featherbed soldier, 
a man bedecked with gorgeous medals, 
but never beautified by a scar, 
or ennobled by a wound. 
~Charles H. Spurgeon

“To be alive at all 
is to have scars. ” 
~ John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent


for ppf

40 comments:

  1. wow is this a sculpture or a painting, totally fabulous. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  2. Love the Steinbeck quote re: scars.

    So to answer the question: Watercolor poppies (original was huge....like l8" x 24"; then reproduced). On top of the postcard sized poppies, I put dried flowers...made 5 so they got better as the day went on). Drop me your postal address and I will send you one. It was a post card swap and really fun, so I will make you one special!. My email address is nmccarroll at Q.com (you know to put the @ there, but I'll get loads of span otherwise) if you want a post card. Your newest follower, Nancy

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  3. What powerful quotes today- and ones I needed to be reminded of- thank you for that especially with such a magnificent piece of art for the visual reminder too!

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  4. Powerful quote and painting!! Well done!! So much said in so few words!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  5. your watercolor work is amazing. the layering is phenomenal. and i love the quotes. i'm curious, did you paint first and then find the quotes? or did quotes inspire the painting?

    gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, for your kind words, Molly! I do it both ways. I love quotes and have an ever growing collection of little note books where I jot down random quotes that I find meaningful. It is easier for me to add a quote after creating a painting, but when I really want to stretch myself I do it the other way round. This one was done the easy way: painting first. Thanks for being interested!

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  6. painting is awesome and to think it is watercolors ~ well done ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  7. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! Stunning! Reminds me of "Water for Elephants." I am so impressed, thank you for sharing this with us, Kristin xo

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  8. That's an amazing watercolor! Wonderful! Happy PPF!

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  9. Wow, your elephant is gorgeous, even with his scars. Charles Spurgeon was a giant in the faith. Thanks for the quote.

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  10. Precious! at first glance I thought it was a sculpture.

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  11. Awesomel watercolor, you are really talented and skillful! Happy PPF!

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  12. You have a technique that's all your own. It's very striking! Love the quotes!

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  13. This is amazing. I can't believe this is a watercolour! It's so intense and deep and truly captures the wild beauty of this gorgeous creature! The quotes are perfect -anyone /thing without scars must surely be merely spectating and not truly be participating in life.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog-i love that ppf enables me to 'meet' likeminded souls i'd never find otherwise!

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  14. The detail in your watercolor is stunning! I thought this was a three dimensional object. The eye is so real looking! Awesome work. HPPF (late) :-)

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  15. You have a fantastic style! I love it! Gorgeous elephant! :)

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  16. as so many have already said...your work is amazing! and your quotes are terrific! :D

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  17. Oh, thanks so much for following me! and i am now happily following you as well! :D

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  18. Love this battle wounded elephant! And I also appreciate the provoking quotes! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  19. Love your blog! Beautiful art today, and lovely, deep words to go with it!

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  20. This is an amazing piece, I love the close-up perspective you used! And the quote by Spurgeon is great, he's my husband's favorite preacher.

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  21. TAHNKS to all for the kind comments! I am encouraged.

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  22. such a powerful painting and poem. I totally adore the texture and colors. Bravo!

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  23. Stunning watercolor! And I love all the literary quotes on your blog--I think we just might be kindred spirits :). Thank you for visiting and following my blog this weekend!

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  24. This is just beautiful. Love the cropping and the focus on the texture of his skin. I think our scars makes us more interesting.

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  25. Interesting art and words to accompany. Very thought-inducing:)
    xxx

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  26. Amazing art, and the quotes you chose are so perfect!

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  27. Oh, this one is gorgeous! I'm just sitting here wondering "how did she make that.." So real, so vivid! :)

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  28. Wow! This is very beautiful...I love elephants and this is such a unique image of one...love it! Glad we found each others blogs :)

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  29. omg... this watercolor is amazing. My jaw literally dropped. The colors and composition are fantastic. Your work amazes me. xoxo

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  30. It looks like there is a texture included... not sure -if- it is a texture, but it looks great!

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    1. Lindsay, the illusion of texture is thanks to frisket - some call it masking fluid. I love it to create a textured-effect... and I think it makes some of my pieces look more accomplished than I really am:-)

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  31. The first thing that caught my eye was all of the texture and then when I read that it was watercolor - I couldn't believe it!!! It's absolutely amazing!!!

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  32. This is absolutely gorgeous! You are so very talented!

    Thanks for the encouragement on my blog!

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  33. Love the elephant! You really captured their unique wrinkled look. Super textures. Wonderful!

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  34. Mesmerized!! I am speechless!! It's wonderful. Glad to have come here.

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