#WorldWatercolorMonth Day Seven

I stand before the entire world naked.

Well, not literally the whole world (seven bloggers),  and not exactly naked in the true sense of the word, but during this #WorldWatercolorMonth of July that’s how it feels. I’m new to watercolour painting… yes, I’ve painted during schooldays millennia ago, but haven’t done it since, and throughout this month whatever I paint I shall publish; good, bad or indifferent. I’m using this month to try to have a go at painting different things in different styles, to see if there’s one I take to like a duck to watercolour, where I can go forth and amass a fortune. I mean be more creative in that regard.

Long time visitors are well aware of the fact that I’m not very good at faces; whether those I’ve created here from time to time, or on my other blog Splodge and Splatter (from which I’m taking a little time out whilst I’m trying to reach my 2,000th post here by New Year’s Eve this year). I have problems with noses, you see. Eyes are OK, but I always have them in two different sizes. Mouths are tricky (is it ‘mouths’ or ‘mouthes’; mouves even!?), and so are ears. It’s best to say that it’s faces I’m not good at (and I chose not to hear the remark about me not being good at watercolour either, thank you from the back there!)

Faces aside, I class myself as something of an expert, nay a Michelangelo, when it comes to portraits. Others class me as a Picasso, and I can live with that as well. I haven’t been called a Rembrandt yet, but there’s time. At the moment, however, I don’t want my head running away with itself, so I’m merely a Tom. And I paint my portraits, tongue planted firmly in cheek (when I’m not painting the tiny tricky areas, that is, at times like that I find myself chewing my tongue…), and on most occasions with my eyes closed. My good one, anyway.

The above is one such portrait. Of a star. A superstar in my eyes, truth be told. And as it looks nothing like him, I won’t be saying who it is. I jest! Obviously it’s a woman…

Already I’ve said too much. The picture should tell its own tale.

I’m having fun just doing. I like colour, and so what? if the end result looks like a scribbled mess. The process here is just as important as the end result… and the end result being an unmitigated disaster may not be the goal that I had when I first started, but hey! On the flip side I’m equally not expecting a masterpiece – but there’s nothing saying that won’t come along either. It’s all about having a go.

#WorldWatercolorMonth isn’t only about getting folk all over the world painting in watercolour, it’s also about raising funds for other folk who can’t get the equipment needed so they too can splosh a little colour around. It’s about sharing happiness… sharing smiles. Visit Charlie’s blog using the World Watercolor Month link below if you’d like to find out more.

And no! I’ve told you already I’m not telling you who it is!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. Am I the first in line ? Lol……keep on smilin’ 🙂

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    1. You are indeed, Raili! And absolutely! 😀 😀 😀

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  2. LOVE this Tom! and the first person I saw immediately was Sally Field.

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    1. Thank you, Jodi!
      You’ve hit the nail on the head there – although it isn’t exactly the nail I’m holding… I can see Sally Field there now as well. 😀

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      1. will you tell who it is then????????? please 🙂

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        1. I MAY do, one day… I shall be having another go before the big reveal, however (I do like to tease every so often…!) For now though, we can settle on Sally Field – she looks more like her than who she is meant to be anyway! Ha! 😀

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          1. You’re killing me Smalls! (name that movie!)

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            1. Eeek! Erm… The Borrowers? (I’m not great with movies!)

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              1. NOPE! And I’m proud of you for not googling right away to get the right answer! 🙂

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                1. Hehehe! Now that’s cheating and I didn’t think of it. I did, however, have to google The Borrowers to make sure that was the name of the movie I meant! Sigh…

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  3. This is awesomeness!! I’m still stalling on doing people…thanks for inspiring. And thrilled you’re enjoying World Watercolor Month! Yay! (Thanks also for the mention of the charitable aspect!! Appreciate it!)

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    1. Thanks, Charlie. And it’s a pleasure.
      I’d have thought you’d have done some people, though, with the variety of subjects you cover… I just know you’d be brilliant at them.

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  4. Nice piece of work Tom! 🙂

    Keep trying dude – practice makes perfect! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Thanks, Prenin. That’s why I’m persevering! I may not improve too much, but I’m enjoying myself as I move forth!

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  5. WOW, that mouth! 😀 This one made quite an impression on me. Great job!

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    1. Thanks, CM. This one’s all about the mouth, isn’t it! 😀

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  6. Fabulous, Tom! That’s a wonderful portrait! I can’t do faces at all – I even have to redraw my stick people umpteen times before they look like proper stick people.

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    1. Thanks, Diane – and surely not! Your stick figures always look so natural!

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  7. Fabulous work. It really made me smile too. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Sylvia. Then my goal is accomplished! 😀

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  8. Oh Yay Tom! What a portrait it’s sure a star!!! Painting faces is not easy at all for anyone takes time and patience with practice will get easier! I love your attitude Tom keep painting every day no matter what the result as long you love doing it, and don’t be too critical with yourself you are doing well!!! 😉

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    1. Thanks, Carolina. I’m always self-critical, but doing this is helping a lot! And it’s fun! 😀

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      1. Yes doing this is a great help also a way to push your limits painting! Definitely helps!

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  9. I’m not brave enough to paint faces, good for you Tom! I do see Sally Field too and I’m bummed it’s not her. Is she British?

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks!
      She isn’t British – I’ve always thought she was American, but I will have to check that to confirm it now. And, no, she isn’t Sally Field…! Hehehe! 😉

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  10. Darn! Not Kylie then 😦 But you had fun!

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    1. Nope! Not Kylie, Jo! 😀
      I’m still having fun with this one!

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  11. I enjoyed your write up and spirit as much as the painting 🙂 If I may take a guess – Julia Roberts?

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    1. Hi Dahlia, welcome!
      And thank you, although you aren’t quite right with your guess! It isn’t Julia Roberts. 🙂

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      1. Oh really? I was so sure…

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        1. Nope, sorry. I can now reveal that it is Lynda Carter, from Wonder Woman.

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  12. […] a recent post, All Smiles, I published a portrait of a superstar who looks nothing like who it’s meant to be, but rather […]

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  13. Yes, it’s all about the process …. which is going quite well for you.
    I can’t guess who it is but the face look like quite a few people.
    I’ll wait and see …!!!
    Isadora 😎

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    1. I think it’s quite handy being able to create a face that looks like so many different people, Isadora! I loved this process though – don’t take anything too seriously… I’ve had great fun with this one.

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      1. I have to admit. I like creating art but have never enjoyed doing portraits. It’s quite a talent to do different people in one face. Creative ideas flowing …. !!!! 😎

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        1. I must be receiving crossed channels to get so many different faces in one face though! All fun! 😀

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  14. Standing naked…mow there’s a scary thought Tom!! lol 😀

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    1. On yer own it’s OK, Icewolf… it’s just in front of others that’s the terrifying bit! 😀

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      1. Yeah? 😊 Not too sure that on your own us to be recommended either!! 😆

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        1. Depends whether you can be seen or not… 😉

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          1. Well its probably best if you can’t!! 😆😉😂

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            1. Most definitely in my case… 😦

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  15. […] As part of World Watercolour Month in July, I painted a portrait that sent Blogland into a whirl. The question is easy. Who? That was also the question at the time, if I remember rightly. Again… obvious. It was Lynda Carter! […]

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