White Puppy

“There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, ‘We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.'”
– Jim Collins

White Puppy

4″ x 6″ Watercolor Postcard

I am still learning how to do whites.  I had fun playing with this puppy.  I used a little lavender, pink, yellow and gray to make the white.  Only an artist could look at white in 4 colors.  *giggle*

About Jim Collins

American business guru Jim Collins has written or cowritten four books, including the instant classic Built to Last, which spent more than six years on the Business Week best-seller list, and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, which became a New York Times best seller. He was raised in Boulder, Colorado. After seven years teaching at Stanford University’s business school, he founded a research laboratory to examine companies and why they succeed.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Halcomb
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 17:41:27

    I agree with Leslie. The dog looks so fuzzy and the grass so spiky – very nice contrast. Lovely work getting white. It is sooo HARD!


  2. cindyinsd
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 12:13:45

    I think you’ve done a great job bringing out the ‘whiteness.’ White is so seldom in evidence in nature–I mean really, really white. It’s easy to use white as a symbol for things that are ‘white.’ We ‘know’ they’re white, and so we’re afraid to add any color to them. But that’s seeing wrong. I think maybe that’s a large part of learning how to represent actual things in art–learning how to see accurately instead of seeing what we ‘know’ to be there.

    . . . . just musing.

    He’s a beautiful little guy. Is he yours? We just got a new puppy, only he’s yellow–sort of. 😉


    • Beth Parker
      Apr 19, 2010 @ 12:30:38

      Thanks, Cindy! I really enjoyed your musing. It makes perfect sense! 🙂

      No, the little puppy isn’t mine. I am in love with all of my friend’s dogs because I don’t have one of my own these days. You have your hands full with a new puppy! I love their breath and their snuggle-ness!


  3. Ji
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 10:46:14


  4. Ji
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 10:45:44

    i love the fresh color and bright mood it brings forth.


  5. Beth Parker
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 08:47:03

    Thanks, Leslie! Yes, black is hard. I know there are purists who never use black and I am trying to use it less, but I never have been a good rule follower, when it comes to art. 😀


  6. lesliepaints
    Apr 19, 2010 @ 08:25:44

    This is so cute! I know what you mean about white. 🙂 Black is also a challenge in watercolor, don’t you think? I also like your background in this with the hint of light and the attention to texture. Love it.


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