Since she knew I could paint a little she asked me if I would combine the old print and the text in a handpainted picture. Since the image was so old it was okay copyrightwise and it was also a little challenge to see if I could turn the little image into a bigger painting with words added to it. So to work I went.
My first try I did in watercolour and it looks like this:
|It's about A3 in size and done on 400gsm acrylic paper. The colours are pretty true to the original.|
|A close up. I really struggled with the clouds. Clouds are hard! (insert whiny voice here)|
The acrylic paper was my own, but she had also given me some paper to work with. It was good quality Arches paper, but not really suitable for watercolour. I did do a second one though as an extra challenge to myself and decided to do this one in gouache. I was right about the paper, it was very absorbant, so you could do like one stroke and it would just suck the water right out of your brush! ;-) But I persevered and here's the result of that attempt.
|It's less true to the original, but actually I like it more. It's also bigger, so the words fitted better.|
|A close up. I think these colours are more 'me', more bright and alive.|
To both paintings I added the poem in handwriting with a drawing pen. This was pretty scary. One mistake and the whole thing would be ruined! Here's a sample:
|Yes, it's in German, of course it is. I had to look extra hard at the words to make sure I spelled everything right.|
And here they are side by side. The bigger one I taped to a drawing board so it would buckle less while I worked on it. That's why there's a white edge around it.
I'm pretty pleased with the result even though as I said the clouds gave me a serious headache. My coworker is happy too (thank God) and will pay me a nice fee for my art supply fund. ;-)
I don't really consider this art though. This is more craft than art. After all I'm just using other people's images and words and put them together to form a picture. It's copying really. If the image wasn't already that old and free of copyright, I would not even have done it. But now it was a nice little challenge and a way to do something for my coworker that made her happy and get paid for the whole thing too, haha.
Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy Wednesday!