Bailey is a Star!
I have been literally inundated with gorgeous paintings of Bailey from the September Watercolour Challenge which I set on my blog last month. It has been really exciting seeing everyones' wonderful interpretations and for me an impossible task to choose one single favourite painting!
Bailey by Isabelle in France
I am opening this post with a painting of Bailey by Isabelle in France who caught the head of my comical dog absolutely perfectly. A simple palette of a few colours brings his character to life with a pose that screams " Bearded Collie". There is no green background to detract from the subject and the use of white paper behind Bailey here enhances the gorgeous brushwork to represent his fur. This is stunning use of watercolour.Soft,technically fascinating and with a sense of movement in the coat.
Bailey by Jenny Hopkins
Amazingly Jenny captured Bailey in a similar pose using no green as the background and allowing the white paper to do a lot of work in this composition. The fur is longer and almost swaying to the side in places. The colour used is slightly stronger than Isabelles which gives great strength to the result. Well done Jenny, I love this painting!
Bailey by Noelle in France
I must admit when I first looked at this painting for the September Challenge by Noelle in France I lost all thought about it being about Bailey. I love watercolour so much that when I see someone use the medium so softly with a wonderful effect as in this piece I admire the skill behind the brushstrokes as much as the result. Noelle has chosen a very different palette and worked with the softness of the medium to create the feeling of this huge shaggy dog. I love how little is here telling the story. I would change the shape of the nose to completely capture Bailey accurately but this is such a beautiful painting which really portrays how wonderful working in watercolour can be! Work by a very talented artist who is definitely one to watch!
I will be sharing a new post on the September Challenge soon!
Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me incredible paintings. They are all really superb in many different ways so the task of chossing just one has been far too difficult!
Watch this space to see who will be receiving the set of cards!