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Pinterest Peep #19, & The Painting After

Sketchbook Pinterest Peep Omo Valley Ethiopia Carolina Elena 2015 watercolor

 

This is "One Of Them"...what do I mean by that? This is one of the hardest paintings to paint...the one you paint after a major flop. I painted a flop the other day. Two in a row, in fact. It was devastating. It nearly killed me. I am not kidding. I have spent the past few days, walking around aimlessly, mindlessly doing what has to get done, while catching glimpses of the sky wondering what the hell made me think I could paint. I debated at least three other options to spend the rest of my life on. I have no idea what possesses me and makes me feel the need to learn how to paint when I was born with other skills. You know the saying of "getting back in the saddle again?" Nothing could be more applicable than in this learning-to-paint adventure. Today, I had the day off from work. We awoke to several new inches of snow. What this means is that everyone went skiing and I got to face my monsters in peace. This little painting was the result.

I present to you Pinterest Peep #19 of a beautiful woman from the southern parts of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia.

Wish me luck on the next one.

 

Carolina

 

 


Little Belén

Little Belén 2016 Carolina Elena watercolor on paper 10x7


 

This is a watercolor painting I did of the daughter of a good friend of mine. As I understand it, Belén borrowed both the sunglasses and an iPhone, and took a most wonderful selfie. Her adorable smile and the strong sunlight falling on her was just begging me to paint this. I painted it on a 7"x10" piece of archival watercolor paper. I would love to paint this image in oils, on a very large canvas. Perhaps now, when I am without a studio, is not a good time to paint it large... so I will save this sketch for when the studio situation has improved! 

Until next time,

Carolina


My Little Pinterest Peeps

Recently, I made a list of the places I want to visit, or revisit, from around the world. My kids are almost out of the house and I am just downright itchy to travel. The list, though, was difficult to remember... and frankly just plain boring to look at, so I decided to go to Pinterest and pin a few photos of the people from the places I want to go to. Then I took it a step further and used those photos as inspiration to make a few watercolor sketches in my sketchbook. These are just little sketches: I did not take the original photos...but it is a great exercise to get my brush skills going.

This is what I have painted thus far:

Pinterest Peep #1 Litang, Tibet

 Pinterest Peep #1 Litang, Tibet Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #2 Burkina Faso, Africa

Pinterest Peep #2 Burkina Faso, Afica Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #3 Bhutan

Pinterest Peep #3 Bhutan Watercolor Sketchbook Carollina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #4 Paris

Pinterest Peep #4 Paris Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #5 Jodhpur, The Blue City, India

Pinterest Peep #5 Jodhpur, The Blue City, India Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest peep #6 Marpha, Nepal

Pinterest Peep #6 Marpha Nepal. Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

Pinterest peep #7 Mexico

Pinterest Peep #7 Mexico Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest peep #8 Tibet

Pinterest Peep #8 Tibet Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #9 Kichwa Woman, Ecuador

Pinterest Peep #9 Kichwa Woman, Ecuador Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

Pinterest Peep #10 Langtang Region, Nepal

Pinterest Peep #10 Langtang Nepal Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest peep #11 Africa

Pinterest Peep #11 Africa Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #12 Alaska

Pinterest Peep #12 Alaska Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #13 Morocco ( Morocco)

Pinterest Peep #13 Morroco (Morocco) Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep # 14 Bunad from Setesdalen, Norway

Pinterest Peep #14 Bunad from Setesdalen, Norway Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest peep #15 Tibet

Pinterest Peep # 15 Tibet Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #16 Madagascar

Pinterest Peep # 16 Madagascar Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest peep # 17 India

Pinterest Peep #17 India Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

Pinterest Peep #18 Norway

Pinterest Peep #18 Norway Watercolor Sketchbook Carolina Ellis

 

That is what I have done up until now. I don't know if I will do anymore. I hope you like them.

Carolina

 

 

 


The Sky Is Something Else In Colorado

It does not matter what time of day it is...if I am up in the Vail Valley, the sky is something else. In the middle of the night, the amount of stars just blows me away. The sunshine at the middle of the day is a sure fire way to cure depression. The sunsets are on fire. My most favorite time, though, to notice the sky is either early morning, before the sun comes up, or after the sun has gone down... this is when I feel like the world belongs to me and me only. Here is a pastel painting I did of the Colorado sky.

Colorado Mountain Sky

 

Hope you like it,

Carolina