Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dog and cat / Cão e gato


These mountain villages have no lack of space for dogs and cats to get around in their own territories without meeting, but it happens sometimes... Fortunately without consequences.
For this work I used a waterbrush for the first time. This kind of compact self-watering brushes is ideal for outdoor sketchers, but I used it at home as usual and boy, I had the greatest fun! I finished this painting in about no more than 3 hours...
Não falta espaço nestas aldeias de montanha para que cães e gatos circulem em total liberdade nos respectivos territórios sem que se encontrem, mas por vezes lá acontece... felizmente sem consequências.
Neste trabalho utilizei pela primeira vez uma “waterbrush”. É um género de pincel de bolso que contém um pequeno depósito de água tornando-o autónomo e ideal para quem, por exemplo, leva sempre consigo um caderno para esboços. Eu usei-o em casa como habitualmente, mas posso dizer que me diverti como nunca, e que este trabalho não terá levado mais do que umas três horas a completar-se.
Lana cold-pressed 8"x8" - 140lb (20x20cm - 300g/m2) paper
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6 comments:

Villager said...

This reminds me of my native area of Beira Alta, where you are always surrounded by granite. As usual, the wealth of small points of interest like the corn stack, the wood stakes, the "espigueiro" make this painting a feast for the eyes. Good thing the dog and cat stayed civil to each other.

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Cats and dogs have so much creatures to chase here, that they can afford to be civil to each other...
The Beira Alta is full of hidden treasures like this small village. I wish I can visit and get inspiration from that area in the future!

carlos silva said...

Parabéns pelo novo blogue.
Um abraço!

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Obrigado, Carlos, e até breve!

Cara Dawn Romero said...

This is a wonderful painting - so full of color and life. I can't believe you finished it so quick -

Paulo J. Mendes said...

Thank you, Cara. The waterbrush is so fun and easy to use, that the painting ran very smoothly.
Actually I should include in that 3-hour period the time I spent with the first sketch, its conversion to a real drawing and the transfer to the watercolor paper... This will add an extra couple of hours to the total time...