Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hemingway and Technical Difficulties

Hi Everyone,
"Hemingway" 6" x 6" watercolor on 260lb Arches by Carrie Waller
I hope all my US friends had a great holiday on Monday!  I debated posting on the Monday of a 3 day weekend, and was on the fence and then my computer did the deciding for me!!  Technical difficulties, the kind where you want to throw the computer out the window, go outside pick it up, bring it back in and throw it outside the window again!!  My handsome, hero of a husband fixed the computer tonight and managed to not throw it out the window.  So I'm back in the computing/posting business.  Oh and can I tell you he had to bring in another computer so he could research how to fix our desk top.  Enough to make you want to pull all your hair out, aghhhhh!

So without further ado I'm sharing the second in my Hopper series.  "Hemingway".  Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthwawks" was inspired by Hemingway's short story "The Killers", so I decided to pay tribute to Hemingway.  Ernest loved a cocktail, especially from a favorite drinking hole in Cube called El Floridita.  So I included a rum daiquiri or in the case of my still life prop a lime slushy from Sonic sitting on a coaster from El Floridita, several Hemingway books and just a hint of "Nighthawks" peeking at you in the bottom right hand corner.  I really like the feel of this piece.

 I really should take pictures of me setting up these still life scenarios.  I had my little table with my favorite white marble slab sitting in my driveway, because that's where the golden afternoon sun is.  I moved my little table several times to get the perfect light with the shadows in the right place, all the while feverishly placing the props and having to refill my daiquiri as it was melting in the 100 degree temperatures, it's really a funny little dance:)

If you would like to see work in progress pictures please visit my fb fan page and like me:)

See you on Friday!!  Boy this is a fast week:)



  1. Beautiful work as always. Your skill at lettering is amazing as is your expertise with color. Just love your work.

  2. Totally fantastic, Carrie....and thank goodness for that hubby, huh!

  3. Dear Carrie I'm stunned with your watercolour!! Your are a brilliant artist! My compliments.
    Warm regards.

  4. Wow - it is so detailed! Amazing work and I love the story behind your series! How you get the text quite so accurately baffles me!
    I would LOVE to see some examples of your set ups. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease do a post on that! Lol! :0)

  5. Hemingway is coming along beautifully! I would loved to have seen you dance in the driveway. :)

  6. Absolutely beautiful Carrie!! I love the thought and effort that goes into your set ups. I for one would LOVE to see photos of the process, preferably from someone else so we can see you doing the setting up! :)

  7. Gorgeous painting, Carrie..I really have to join everyone with wanting to see photos of the process! It would be so interesting. Your lettering is amazing...and lovely colors...

  8. beautiful work as always carrie and i love the concept. thank you too for your lovely comments on my blog and for your very kind card. forgive me for not replying more promptly or by mail. hope all is well.

  9. The painting is really fantastic, Carrie. But I also love the other dimensions: the research, the planning and finally all that coming together in such a clever composition... there's always a lot more to your painting than painting! That's what gives them that edge!


  10. Found your blog through Lori’s and have been following all of your “Ball Jar” paintings. Never knew what that was. Then the other day, a friend gave me a jar of homemade jam and, to my surprise, it was one of those jars. It made me think of your paintings, and I just had to let you know. Now I have my very own “Ball” jar!

    I also want to commend you on your beautiful work and your creativity.

  11. My goodness, Carrie! This painting is just beautiful. I love the subject and really everything about it! Congratulations again on perfection!