Watercolor: Aperture

Aperture 11 x 14 Watercolor (dry brush) on Arches Hot Press paper
I got totally absorbed in the cross hatching and dry brush of this painting and it was a lovely escape this past week. The image was photographed in Rome a few years ago during our best family vacation *ever*. My son was sleeping in our ancient, thick-walled apartment in the old part of the city – complete with narrow halls, tiny rooms and white-washed wood shutters tucked into deep-seated windows. I took liberties here and added the drape on the right of the entrance – it was a steep pitched wall – and flowers on the dresser, and then I snuck a dog in to sleep on his feet. I love that Artists get to do that; alter reality like we’re in charge of the world. Well, we can pretend. The bright Italian daylight was seeping through the shutters like aperture on a camera, and I knew I wanted to paint the scene as soon as I walked in to wake him up. This was the first try, and I’m pondering another version of it – later – about twice the size.

I’ll continue sharing my personal art collection later this weekend. Thanks for visiting in the meantime.

Art Quote
I concluded that if I really wanted to paint, I could eliminate luxuries (dating, movies, etc.) & earn only what I needed for necessities (art supplies, rent, food, transportation). I began to work only as long as necessary to earn the minimum to support myself & free more time for painting. This was the beginning of a life-long problem of arranging my life to maximize the time available for painting. ~Daniel Greene

9 Responses to Watercolor: Aperture

  1. Joe Spiteri 05/05/2016 at 11:29 am #

    Nothing much I can add. It is simply marvelous. Belinda you are a great artist. May you keep on painting and have a great time like you deserve. I am an artist and you have left me speechless. Wish you the best.

    • Belinda DelPesco 05/05/2016 at 11:57 am #

      Thanks for such a kind compliment from a fellow artist, Joe! I hope you’re busy with your art, and weaving magic to leave others speechless with your pigments.

  2. kari 09/06/2013 at 5:03 am #


  3. Lisa Daria 09/19/2010 at 8:21 am #

    Beautiful – so much to look at here.

  4. Dan Kent 09/18/2010 at 6:02 pm #

    I love the subdued feel of this painting. It reminds me of Andrew Wyeth’s works. Your selected quote is great too – I can truly relate to trying to find time to paint.

  5. Carol 09/18/2010 at 4:39 am #

    Oh, this just makes me stop and look. The light and ambience reminds me of Andrew Wyeth. Beautiful painting!

  6. Barbara M. 09/17/2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Belinda,

    An amazing painting filled with feeling and beautifully done. Yes in art we can put the dog on the bed with the boy, or make the couple who don’t hold hands, do so. I think that’s a fabulous quality. Small but loving improvements.

    Superb art and blog.


  7. Carol Blackburn 09/17/2010 at 9:51 am #

    This is so beautiful, Belinda. It’s one that I need to study long and hard to see all the beautiful details; such as the dog. Like a treasure hunt………

  8. AztcFireFlower 09/16/2010 at 11:04 pm #

    That is a beautiful watercolor. Delicately handled. You definitely know your medium.

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