Tender side of Mr Carson..

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Yes, it is Sunday… time for another Downton Abbey!!! Someone suggested that I paint Mr Carson, the head butler in Downton Abbey and I thought, yikes, I am rubbish with painting men and I just don’t know if I can do him justice. But if I don’t try, I would never know… so I did. True enough, it was HARD!!! The first picture I painted did not look like him AT ALL! I was mad. It kept me up (I know, I can be obsessive like that). So I tried again. This was my second attempt and while I still don’t think it does him justice, it will have to do for now, I can’t do a third one… at least not yet…. One of my favorite moments of Mr Carson is when Mrs Patmore came to talk to him about the type of “marriage arrangement” he expects with Mrs Hughes and he told her “Tell her this Mrs Patmore, that, in my eyes, she is beautiful”. He said it with such a tender look (which is VERY RARE), it was so touching. I want to remember this.. and I am glad I took this challenge. Maybe I will come back and paint this again in a few months?

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The one you love…

  I used to love painting with acrylic. But since I fell in love with watercolor, I have not painted with acrylic for months. Today, I found my altered journal and thought I should give it some love. Painting faces with acrylic takes a lot longer than watercolor. It takes layers and layers of paint. It took me a while to get used to again, but I did.. And had fun. Glad to try something different. I love this quote by Oscar Wilde too. He looks like he is whispering a song to her ear… Here’s to the one you love…

Let the sea set you free…

  
I love the sea. I love everything about it and I can’t get enough of it. Working towards my dream of retiring by the beach in a small little cottage with an art studio. Hence the quote. And I am back to painting my crazy big hair. This time making it seem like seaweed floating in the sea, with little jellyfish friends nearby… Life is better under the sea…

Aww.. don’t cry, my sweet

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Saw a reference photo of the sweetest little girl with tears in her big brown eyes. Just had to paint it. While I paint it, I recall those days when my little girl would look at me with tears in her beautiful eyes and I would succumb to her wishes… The power of tears:)

Enjoy!

You don’t have to be perfect…

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I’ve always been a perfectionist. I push myself, always. It has helped me in life but it can also be stifling, as in this case. Tonight, as I sat at my art table, I decided I want to play with using funky colors for the face again. This is not something I am used to and this is the second time I am attempting it. As I paint, I go through phases of “ooh, this is interesting”, and “oh, this looks terrible”. It was a roller coaster ride. I wanted it to be perfect. Why? So I can share on social media and collect likes (I am ashamed to admit this, but it’s true. It is ridiculous. That is not the reason I make art, I remind myself). Anyway, I was not having fun. I took a break and had my dinner. When I came back, I decided,… screw it, I am just going to slap some colors on and have fun. It’s my art, I can do what I want. AND I had fun. So, now that I don’t have to be perfect, I can be good AND have fun!! And I won’t care how many likes or comments I get:) Promise.

“I’m only going to marry if I am absolutely in love” Lady Rose


So, my obsession with Downton Abbey continues. This is yet another painting of Lady Rose. I love painting her. And I absolutely adore her wedding dress! And here’s her quote to go along with it. Yes, marry only if you are absolutely in love. Of course, being madly in love is not the only ingredient for a successful marriage. But, if you don’t even have that, why bother with the hassle of getting married?.. Unless .. you get to wear a wedding dress like that!

Lady Mary, Lady Mary, quite contrary…


In anticipation of tonight’s episode of Downton Abbey, here is a painting of lady Mary and one of her quotes. I am not sure this is the exact likeness, but her expression is familiar to me:) To be honest, I do not find her to be beautiful. She seldom smile, is self centered and frowns quite a bit. But there is something about her that I find attractive. I admire her guts, her self confidence. It is remarkable  especially during that time period. This is one of my favorite quote of hers. There are many more. Given this is the last season of downtown abbey, I can’t help but obsess over the show. Who will i paint next? Dowager Countess of Grantham? Her quotes are priceless! Though she is not easy to paint… Any suggestions?

The eyes shout what the lips fear to say 


Here is another piece I did on the plane. I love my sketchbook, pencil and blending brush. Best tools for the traveler! I love drawing and painting eyes. I feel that the painting comes to life after I work on the eyes. They are the windows into someone’s soul and they say so much. Hence the quote. Problem with my obsession with eyes is that I often stare at people’s eyes and mentally thinking how I would draw it😱 I bet I am not the only person who does this😃

To be a lady…


I love downton abbey.. The story, the cast, the etiquettes, the fancy dinners…. And especially the costumes! This is one of my favorite characters, lady rose wearing one of my favorite head pieces and dress…painted with watercolor accompanied by lots of glitter! Cheers to never settling, ladies!

Sometimes you just need to make a funny face…

  

I fly frequently for work and love the time in the air as I am able to squeeze in some art time for me:) for this trip, I decided to draw instead of paint and I had so much fun with just the basics, pencil and paper. Whipped out quite a few pictures and this is one of them. I saw this pic on Pinterest and it made me smile. Had a lot of fun with those big round eyes and the puckered lips.