Rapunzel, Rapunzel…

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel", Watercolour Pencil on Canvas, 2015, 92 x122cm, Charlie Kirkham.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel”, Watercolour Pencil on Canvas, 2015, 92 x122cm, Charlie Kirkham.

Every so often it’s good to refer back to fairytale a for a bit of inspiration. I came across this version of Rapunzel  http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Rapu.shtml

Rather than following it verbatim I wanted to create a piece that reflected different elements of the story. As a child I always imagined Rapunzel to have black hair, so I have kept her a brunette for this painting.  To give a time lapse feel I connected her hair to her final rescue where her tears restore the Prince’s sight and they have twins.

To begin I used quite a range of coloured Watercolour pencils. I felt like the palette was getting out of control, so paired it back to this set. There are two blues, two yellows and two reds.

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The canvas is 4ft high. Drawing onto  canvas comes with its own set of challenges. It bounces back far more than paper. I like the way this gives a sense of texture, the mark making fights with the fabric of the canvas.


To knock back the overbearing white I used a soft brush loaded with water.

The effect pleased me so much that I did it all over!
I’m now building up another layer with drawing, will update when it’s finished!