Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The Bluebird of Happiness and a Question


I liked the suggestion by Owen that the bird in my last post could be the Bluebird of Happiness. What a lovely idea! I liked the idea so much I've made another painting with that as the theme. One question, what do you call a picture that doesn't use any paint, just coloured pencils? Is that then a drawing? When I think of a drawing I don't imagine there to be areas of colour. What would you call it? This picture has watercolour as well as coloured pencil so I think it can safely called a painting.
Or can it?
If it was rendered in pencil crayons alone, what then would it be?

15 comments:

Fairysteps said...

I think coloured or no, pencils = drawing! Painting to me means that the medium was applied by brush. Trouble is what about oil paintings where a pallette knife is used?? Plasterings??? Its a dilema!!!!!

April Jarocka said...

I agree with Fairysteps. It's a drawing if in pencils. If paint or pastels used then a painting. I really love her beautiful face Jessie...

Jessie said...

Hi Ren, plasterings...LOL! I like it :)

Thanks April, It has a very different look to the original, I find it hard to do the same expression twice. I think this one is prettier though.

theinvisiblechild said...

Paintings are made with paint, drawings are made with tools that leave a line using any other medium. At least that's how I see it. Works made using ink and a brush are still drawings for me, while oil paint will always turn into a painting, no matter what tool you use to apply it.

Maryh K. said...

I don't know what to suggest (only maybe a coloured drawing but i don't know if that could have a minor connotation), so a drawing is perfect for some work using colour pencils. But I would like to say that your painting-drawing is marvellous! What a lovely scene. The bird and the girl are very fairy (not sure of the adjective) (féériques in French).

Owen said...

Whatever the name for the technique and material used, she's a dreamer... and quite a nice looking bird too... (hmm, which was he referring to ??? :-)

Evangelina Prieto said...

Bravo!!!
A big hug,
Ev.

A mermaid in the attic said...

I think it really depends on how you feel about it Jessie. There are so many different media today, and ways of applying them, that the lines are very blurry (no pun intended...really!). Did you use a brush loaded with water to get the watercolour effect? Then I'd say calling it a painting even without the watercolour paints is ok. But then I always find it odd to refer to a pastel piece as a painting, to me it's definitely a drawing! Maybe it's the idea of a medium that is wet vrs dry? Wet=paint, dry=drawing...but then I'd also agree with invisiblechild that a pen and ink is a drawing...aarrggh! But anyway...she's lovely, I especially love the way you've captured her eyes!

Jessie said...

Hi Sara,I agree but what if you make a line using a brush of paint?

Thanks Maryh, I wanted her to look soft and gentle :)

Hi Owen...2 birds for the price of one! ;O)

Thank Evengelina :)

Thanks Christina :) I feel odd about referring to dry media as a painting but if we call a coloured pencil picture a drawing perhaps that diminishes it? Oh dear now it sounds as though I think drawing has less value then a painting. (I don't!)

Vita said...

Jessie, I just wanted to tell you that this is a beutiful piece of work! I can see your style changing and skills improving greatly (if you don't mind me saying this)
wonderful work!

Flor Larios Art said...

An illustration...a drawing...it is beautiful...cute blue bird!

Jessie said...

Thankyou Vita! :) It makes me happy to hear you say that.

Thanks Flor!

Annette Q said...

Hi Jessie, I guess I think of drawings as any kind of pencil or pen work. But I suppose if used watercolour pencils and then went over it with a paintbrush...hmmm....I think I might say its a painting??
Anyhow, its a really lovely painting! I really love the blue highlights on her hair and eyes
:-))
Ps. Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving lovely comments!

Nicola said...

Hi Jessie I agree with Annette!!!

I love this painting, that blue is gorgeous and I love that the out line is done in blue not black, it gives her a lovely glow!

Amalia K said...

You know what I think? As important it is to categorize art according to their medium, sometimes it gets too much for me to be labeled according to genre, medium, etc., etc. So why don't you call it whatever your heart desires and let the critics worry about it?? Hahaha...(^O^)/