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Friday, July 04, 2008

Still-life # 1

I have always been fascinated with watercolor paintings. I marvel at watercolorists for I know how hard the medium is. To me, watercolor is by far the most challenging of all. For one thing, one must know how watercolor behaves. One should know how to "bleed" and control color and water and turn the piece into a beautiful harmony, an explosion of colors that looks like everything you see has been a product of serendipity and yet, I know that the composition has been meticulously planned. I only look at watercolorists with envy as they dip their brushes in water and then, with a thick amount of color, playfully apply this onto a paper. There are two ways this can be done. One is applying the color on paper that is as wet as something that has been left to drench out in the rain, or dry as an arid desert. I try using watercolor from time to time. Well, I get as far as the playful part but my works are more serendipitous than they are planned. See for yourself.

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20" X 24 1/4"
Still life # 1

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Blogger cbs said...

i have never painted but i can imagine how difficult this medium is. you're right, the artist must know how watercolor behaves, and to it i must add, he must learn to respect water as the main element around which the medium revolves.

4:57 AM  
Blogger Panaderos said...

Serendipitous or not, it still came out very beautifully. I tried my hand at this as a kid and failed miserably. Ang baba ng grade ko sa Art noon. Hehehe As a result, I have a great deal of respect for people like you who have such talent.

Thanks for sharing. :)

8:39 AM  
Blogger L bulakeño said...

Watercolor are the simplest of all media. Very transaparent. It was my favorite when i was a kid. Pero ngayon i want to try oil. Mas challenging dahil it takes time para matuyo.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous BlogusVox said...

I used watercolor before Ka Rolly, sa landscape painting pero combination with other mediums. Mas maganda ang effect sa sky, trees and vegetation (yung malalayo ang perspective) pag watercolor ang ginagamit.

2:31 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

cbs Yes, respect. That's the word I was looking for yesterday. Thanks.

panaderos Try it again. Practice makes perfect.

ray The only thing I do not want about oil is the smell. But it is such a versatile medium.

blogusvox Yes, magandang pang landscape ang watercolor. Sana ituloy mo ulit.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would have been nice in oil, don't you think Tito Rolly. Naglalaway ulit.

Ting

11:07 PM  
Anonymous celiaK said...

You've just confirmed what I've always heard that watercolor is a hard medium to master.

I came here to admire your work ... as always it's beautiful.

3:24 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

celiaK Thanks. Medyo mahirap sa umpisa pero pag nasanay ka, ang sarap makatapos bg trabaho

6:08 PM  
Blogger RJ said...

wow ang galing mo palang magpinta, marunong din akong magdrawing using pencil nung bata pa ko. pero never ang watercolor, dahil tama ka, nakaka-frustrate paghaluin ang color at tubig. mukhang baboy. hehehe pero ikaw ay magaling. =D

2:14 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

My God, that is so beautiful! I love how all the colors come together without upstaging each other and with the bokeh in the background, it's almost a photograph. It's almost hard to believe this composition relied totally on human hands. You'd think it all came together in situ. Someday Tito Rolly, I will be able to afford you work. I am promising that to myself. :)

3:19 AM  
Blogger bayi said...

Still life or not, you are one of my favorite painters! :)

And you never fail to produce a piece that I always appreciate!

10:21 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ting Minsan subukan mo ring mag watercolor at pag nasanay ka, maaadik ka rin dito. hehe

rj hindi pa ko masyadong magaling sa watercolor. Nag aaral pa lang po.

jet You're so kind. Thanks.

bayi I'm glad you do.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous bingskee said...

superb pierce, mr rolly! i have heard it a lot that water color is not that easy to use as a medium pero mukhang di ka naman nahirapan.

bing

11:22 PM  
Blogger watson said...

This is beautiful, Tito Rolly. The only painting I have ever done with water color is by staying within the lines. I truly believe that painting is an inert talent.

10:24 PM  
Blogger lei said...

wow! galing galing naman po. ako po ay isang frustrated artist. kaya nakukuntento na lang ako sa pag-appreciate ng arts.

taas dalawang kamay ko sa inyo. pati paa! but kidding aside. ganda po talaga. :)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Parang naglaro at nag-experiment ka sa background, Tito Rolls.... tapos, nagpakaseryoso doon sa bote at bulaklak.

Great job!

12:31 AM  
Blogger rene said...

sumali ba po kayo sa contest ng genesis gallery this august? by invite lang pero kailangan din magpa-review ng works. it took me awhile to convince them na kaya kong gumawa ng larger works. buti pa po ikaw, sanay na judging by the size of this recent piece.

6:48 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

bingskee Okay lang naman so far.

watson You will be surprised to know that sometimes coloring outside the lines work well with watercolor. :-)

lei thank you.

doc emer Did it seem like that to you? Actually, mas nahirapan ako sa background hehehe

rene Hindi ako nakakasali sa mga contest. Karamihan kasi sa contest overage na ko, hahaha

I have joined the AAP once, though. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ang galing!.ang water color ang pinakamahirap sakin,naghihintay pa kasi ako para matuyo at mapatungan ko ng detalye.first time lang po akong pumasyal dito.at aabangan ko pa kung anu ang susunod na ituturo ni tito.

4:25 PM  
Blogger ipanema said...

i love this! very nice colours!

benta? magkano? hanggang tanong lang naman ako eh. :)

di bale, i'll buy one day. wag muna ngayon di ko alam san ko ilalagay o saan ako magpipirmi. :)

11:42 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ever Yes, me mga lugar na kailangan kong hintayin na matuyo, meron namang lugar na gusto kong padaluyin freely ang kulay habang basa ito. Salamat sa pagdalaw. Marami pa kong trabaho dito. Punta ka sa sidebar.

ipanema Okay. Andito lang ako. :-)

5:43 AM  
Blogger Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

maliit lang talaga ang mundo,di ko inakala na kakilala nyo rin ang mga cabrera...swerte ko di ko man kayo nakilala sa personal,makakasalamuha ko naman kayo dito sa blog..at aabangan ko ang ibat ibang hagod nyo tito rolly...hope na lumawak din ang kaalaman ko sa larangan ng pagpipinta.salamat!

5:38 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

hirap nga mag water color. i've tried it a few times and i have problems dahil tumatakbo pag sobrang basa. kailangan talaga ng practice.

6:15 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

everlito Ang kaklase ko e si Salvador Cabrera. We call him Buddy. Have not heard from him for a long time, though.

batjay Maganda ang epekto ng tumatakbong kulay pag alam mo nang controlin ito. That's what I'm still mastering, though.

11:06 AM  

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