Oh Heather, I Cannot Compete!

A few days ago, one of my bloggy friends posted a photo. She is Heather Higham, whose photography just blows my mind. Anyway, the photo she posted that made an immediate leap into my heart was this one:


She gave me permission to try to paint this with my newest love, alcohol inks. So I tried. My first effort:

Not happy. Not at all happy. Try again:

Nope. Still not happy. Maybe the third time will be the charm?

Oh my! Nope. Nope. Nope. Heather, I cannot compete!

Perhaps I should stick to my Whatzits.

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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24 Responses to Oh Heather, I Cannot Compete!

  1. honestme363 says:

    I like the last one, and your what zits too 😊

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  2. Dawn says:

    I kinda loved that first one…and of course your whatzits are adorably too.

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  3. Carol β€” Love her photograph. I like your last alcohol ink drawing and your “Whatzits.”

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  4. jay53 says:

    The third one is beautiful. You shouldn’t expect an alcohol ink painting to be able to reproduce that stunning photo. Not sure I like your first attempt (the colours are a bit dull for my taste) but the second and third are great and stand on their own merits. πŸ™‚

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    • Carol says:

      I agree with you about the colors in my first one. I need to relax more and lighten up on my self-criticism – although they still don’t please me.

      Sent from my iPad



  5. loisajay says:

    Your Whatzits are adorable! And your third attempt is very ‘van Gogh’ so keep on, Carol. I think you are doing great.

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  6. suzicate says:

    I adore your whatzits! I like the sand in the first, sunset in the second and blue part of sky in third…cut and paste, you heard it here first, ha!

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  7. Hi Carol,
    You’re right–that is a stunning photo–out of this world. But I think you did pretty well capturing it. The first painting is my favorite–I really like your interpretation of the sky. And I love your whatzits!

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  8. Heather says:

    I’m so glad it’s not a competition! I think your attempts are all lovely in different ways. I’m impressed at how well you control the inks. The bluffs look great and detailed in all three, and the water is perfect. I imagine it’s tougher trying for a specific texture in the sand and sky. For what it’s worth, I’ve also had an oil painter tell me those lines in the sand are tough to recreate.
    In other news, those Whatzits are adorable. I think they’d sell well at certain galleries in your area. I can think of one place here where they’d fit right in.

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  9. Wow, wow, wow! The photo, the paintings and the whatzits! They are all so beautiful! πŸ™‚

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  10. Sandra Sparks says:

    Love the what it’s

    Sent from my iPhone


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  11. Mike says:

    Carol – it is a great picture but I love all of your paintings. My favorite is the your first one. Those Whatzits of yours are fantastic. Yes, please follow up with more!

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  12. kaodell says:

    Maybe smearing some more color into and above the sun. Her sun doesn’t look big and round


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  13. LG says:

    Loved your first one.
    The Whatzits have oomph.

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  14. I love the last one, and all of them actually. And I also really like your Whatzits! πŸ™‚


  15. I liked your first attempt at copying Heather’s fabulous photo – but your Whatzits are my absolute favourite! πŸ™‚

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  16. Robin says:

    Your whatzits are so cute! The photo is amazing, and I can see how that would be difficult to reproduce. I think it’s the texture. In any case, I think all three attempts are good. πŸ™‚

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  17. dawnkinster says:

    Think you should copyright or whatever those whatizits!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. pattisj says:

    The whatzits are adorable! I think those are my favorite thing yet.

    Liked by 1 person

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