Monday, May 17, 2010

Watercolor Days

I’ve posted before about my developing admiration for the Swedish artist Carl Larsson. He is most well known for his collections of watercolors depicting the day to day life of his own large family. Many of the paintings show his children doing every day things -watering flowers, playing games, hiding under a table.

So this week I bought a big sheet of 300 pound watercolor paper and decided to try my hand at a watercolor of my daughters. Here is the first of what I hope might become a set (click for the larger better version):



By the way, I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately. It’s been a tremendously busy month!

13 comments:

Margaret Perry said...

ben, I love it! bravo.

Lauren Castillo said...

This is beautiful, Ben~~Nice work!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, your girls are darling! And your painting is absolutely gorgeous. You've captured the quiet tenderness of the moment just so.

Wow, you have awesome work! What range!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks! And Bella, I was glad to discover your work too.

Amalia K said...

Hello Ben, you have such a diverse range of work! I love your paintings, you have such a strong classic style.. and your illustrations are marvelous! Thanks for visiting me, by the way. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Amalia. I just found the Watercolor Wednesday blog through yours. What a good idea.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

this is very nice!

Ben Hatke said...

Update your blog Anthony!

Peter Breese said...

Very nice! Good mood and feel. 300lb watercolor paper can be a beast, but it does stay flat ;).

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks, Peter! I'm liking the 300 pound more and more. I'm working on a drawing of my daughter, Zita and made a very wrong line in pen. The paper is so thick and sturdy that I actually cut the line out with a razor blade.

For a man that draws mostly on printer paper, this is a pretty big deal.

barbara said...

Beautiful! So beautiful! Actually, I like ALL of your art and it is an honour for a self taught beginner like me to receive such a sweet comment from a true artist like you!

Annie said...

Beautiful picture!! I too love Carl Larsson.

Ben Hatke said...

Aww! Thanks Barbara!

And Annie, the more I see of Carl Larsson, and the more I try similar pictures, the more I love and appreciate his work!

I would love to try to do an album of family life similar to what he did with his family pictures.