Friday, September 21, 2012

COUNTRY VILLAGE - New Watercolor Painting

Years ago, I traveled with my young family to the Cotswolds in England. It was an enchanting place with picturesque, narrow winding lanes of half-timbered homes featuring bright red geraniums and red rose bushes. I finally got around to giving it a try with my watercolors. It looked really hard to paint - and it was! It was probably the most challenging painting that I've ever done.

Below are photos that show its progress. I hope that you will enjoy seeing the process!

Country Village
by Barbara Rosenzweig
I just couldn't help myself and had to work on my painting again! The top left part of this painting really bothered me. I realized that I had to adjust the angle of the bricks and the shape of the shadow on the top left window. NOW IT IS FINISHED!

by Barbara Rosenzweig

Thursday, September 13, 2012


I don't usually do this, but I've "updated" my Little Boy Blue in the Cornfield painting. I've been looking at it for a number of months and a few things just kept bothering me. I decided to rework his left arm, making is fall more to his side, darken the shadows on the back of his clothing, shoes and arms, and give the cornstalks a bit more interest for a hint of depth. It also bothered me that the string from his hat went under his lip and not his chin. This was because the little boy I "captured" kept putting it there, so that's how I initially painted it. I was able to move it to where I felt it belonged. He can't change it now!

Do you think that any of these changes improved this painting?

Before the Changes