A Challenge for Good Friday and Easter
This week’s challenge was a success in my book for which I am very excited about! I was determined to stay loose and used only one brush (not one of my tiny ones!) the entire painting to be sure of that! The funny thing is, I first did the front half of the crown and was thrilled with how loose I was staying…and enjoying the process too!! But then once the blurry back half was complete, the front no longer looked very loose!! Haha. Everything is relative!
I used my low aperture lens on my camera when I photographed the crown of thorns because I wanted bokeh (blur) in the back to draw emphasis to the thorns in the front. That made for a great photo, but I needed to figure out how I was going to communicate that in watercolor! So, I employed a technique called “wet on wet” which this detail-loving girl does NOT use. It should be no surprise to you by now that the front half was so much easier for me than the back half where it looks like anything goes!
It was special to work on this piece just before Easter and be reminded of the price that Jesus paid for me…for us. I kept saying, “Thank You, Jesus”.
If you missed my post which explains this year-long challenge, please read You’re Invited To The Unveilings.
Karen Vervoordt says
Wow! this is amazing, love it!
Hi Michele. The crown watercolor looks like a photo. You said the front is loose…I don’t know how you got each twig to look so real with the various shades! I have never used watercolors because it seems you can’t make mistakes and fix them…something I often do in acrylics.
Your gift is more than amazing. The water color artists I know here seem “to avoid the photo like paintings that you are able to accomplish.
This reminds me of the song, “The Day He Wore My Crown”. Your Mom would remember it.
Love to you!
Melinda Burchard says
This is so detailed, a nice compliment to “Immanuel… God With Us”!
Wow…just wow. What a powerful and moving piece for Good Friday. Again, so real it looks like a photo. And the fact that you do this in a week’s time continues to amaze me. Girl, you are so gifted.
Rose Egan says
You never, never cease to amaze. Such a gift Michele. You’re such a gift as well. Love you…!
Patti Tate says
How can I purchase a framed copy of this for Life Chapel? I love it!!! You are such an amazing gift ! Happy Easter to you and your family.
Hi Patti! Thank you so much for your note and kind words. Unfortunately, I am still deciding what I am going to do with my challenges as far as prints go. Originally, when I started these challenges, I had no plans to have prints made of any of them, but as with so many things, my plans are different than God’s. 🙂 His are always higher! Once I decide which direction I am going to go in, I will be sure to let you know. Thank you so much for your interest in this one, Patti! It was so good to see you and Linsey a couple weeks ago and I hope to see you again soon!!
Mike Palombi says
Michele, your work is masterful; truly anointed and always honoring God. Amazing!!