Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dean Crouser

Dean Crouser creates vivid watercolor paintings of wildlife. His animal portraits are made up of bright splashes of color that give the painting a lively, fun appeal. Gone are the days of boring true-to-life animal paintings; Crouser’s abstract style is a creative, extravagant which reflects the energetic essence of nature, bringing the busy-ness of wild animals indoors.


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 Design Memory Crafts, Mou Saha challenge:   Pick an art piece and let it inspire you to create.

I figure I need to loosen up and try a new style and I love Crouser's work and I happen to have taken a photo of this cardinal on Christmas day, so I thought I'd give his style a whirl. Also, Journal52's prompt is Up,Up and Away -  things that float or fly through the air - and as best said by the character,  the infamous cigar-chomping leader, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith on the A Team....
"I love it when a plan comes together."

Dylusion Sprays
Faber Castell watercolor crayons
Faber Castell Gelatos


Trying to pick out which quality of Crouser's work that I wanted to emulate was easy but trying to replicate it was very hard...I couldn't make myself get that loose and carefree, I kept wanting to outline and to contain my image. I am a line artist...I am in a box.

9 comments:

Carole Z said...

Hi Sandee, this is just gorgeous and so is your photo of the beautiful Cardinal, hugs Carole Z X

Laura said...

It may not be loose like Crouser (thanks for putting me on to him, by the way) but it is very good and very Sandee! x

Jean said...

IS there nothing you can't do??? I Just did a canvas with a bird last night now I am ashamed to post it!

Pam said...

I also love his work, his use of color is so intense and vivid yet soft and beautiful. You did a beautiful job on your cardinal.
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Marion Armitage said...

I was not familiar with this. artist. I love your cardinal. I really have trouble being abstract so you and so many others are helping me step out of my box..

Sandy said...

Wonderful Sandee I love your bird and good on you for trying something different.. You just never know what you can achieve if you don't try. Look at the beautiful bird you created. Love your writing at the side you are getting so good at that it looks amazing.. I need to practice more of that..
Sandy :)

Glenda Hoagland said...

Sandee I can relate to the need to outline. I was thinking about my need to loosen up. Your painting is wonderful.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

well I like it

Barb Housner

Darnell J Knauss said...

You did a fabulous job with the emulation, Sandee, but I love that your replication didn't quite match because the art you ended up making is YOUR ART and it's definitely as beautiful to me! Hugs, Darnell