I’ve not had a lot of time lately to do any kind of watercolour painting, and as such I feel I have lost what little knack I had. I tried to paint a couple of candles the other day, and the end result looked like some kind of strange stained glass window, so this swiftly became one image I didn’t want to share. Not to be put off, I tried again, and painted a snowman with a difference.

The reason for my painting is so I could contribute something – anything – to Charlie’s #WorldWatercolorGroup – this month’s adventure being Winter Wonderland. So I tried. Charlie has provided a list of items that can be painted, and a couple of them have been included within this painting, as luck would have it.

The painting itself isn’t as sinister as the title makes it seem. My original title for this painting was ‘Ingredients For A Snowman’, but I liked the sound of ‘Body Parts’ better. Besides, if I’d have gone with ‘Ingredients’, I’d have had to have gone into detail about rolling several large snowballs, putting them together, and arranging the items in traditional snowman attire. ‘Body Parts’ gets away from all that – and when I looked, the finished snowman with these parts would have looked like an abstract one… One large eye, one arm, two buttons, a carrot, and a fluffy woolly scarf.

I started to think that the two buttons would make ideal snowman eyes… and then I had the idea to flip the image upside down, where it begins something else entirely…

That’s right – it takes on the appearance of a strange bird, eating or carrying a strange black thing.

And, as luck would have it, today’s suggestion is a red bird. Yes, this one only has its red chin in the painting, but it has two sparling red eyes.

So now, I present to you ‘Body Parts of the Red Snowman Bird’. And to think, this all started out when I wanted to paint some candles.

I’m nothing if not decisive…

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

18 Comments

  1. so fun! Love your snowie parts! I painted a snowie today too! You’ll see him tomorrow 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. I saw your snowman in the reader yesterday, but haven’t had time to comment just yet – I will be over soon, however! I loved it, by the way! 🙂

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  2. I like this snowman – we can fill in the blank bits 🙂

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    1. Anything that triggers the imagination is always good, Raili… thank you.

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  3. Love the painting and your interpretation. 😊

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    1. Thanks, MrsCraft. Sometimes a little explanation is necessary, I feel.

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  4. This is a fun one! Well done Tom 😉

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    1. Thanks, Carolina… I had fun creating it!

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  5. This is wonderful, the ingredients are perfect, the overall effect is even better, letting it be what it is turns out being a great painting Tom….watercolor has its very own “mind” (flow) and does it own thing often on its own…I love candles that turn into a snowman… well done

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    1. Thanks, Hélène… there is something quite ‘free’ about starting in one direction and ending up somewhere completely different! 😀

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  6. Fabulous painting Tom. Right side up or upside down. Love it both ways.
    ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Thank you, Cobs. I’m pleased that you like ‘both’ paintings! 😉

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    1. 😀 That’s no carrot, Elaine… it’s a nose (or a beak, depending on which way you look at it!!!) 😀
      Thank you, by the way.

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  7. HAHAHA … that is hilarious. The explanation of the title not your watercolor. Although, Mmmmm … it’s a bit flat. It must be because of all that brandy in the egg nog.
    There’s always egg nog waiting when one makes a snowman outside. P.S. I like ‘Ingredients for a Snowman’ because it’s funny. The title sounds more like a murder mystery. I’m a funny kinda gal. I’m always looking for a laugh.
    Merry Merry
    Isadora ☃️ 😎

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    1. I do like a good comedy murder mystery, Isadora. I don’t think there are that many of them, however… I don’t like egg nog, I’m afraid, so I’ll settle for a nice cup of tea after my snowman building. (Not that we get that much snow to actually DO any building, but hey!) 😀 😉

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  8. Don’t invite Frosty to a hot tub party!!! 😉

    Good effort Tom – That’s all that matters! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Thanks, Prenin – and yes, I agree there. Always have a go.

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