My ArtVenture: Watercolor painting “Gula” or the eyes that captivated the world

in WORLD OF XPILAR6 months ago


Gula by @stef1




Hello my dear Steemians and Art Fans,


Today I wanted to present you my latest watercolor work that I have finished last evening. Few years ago I have seen a beautiful portrait a young girl, on the cover of National Geographic.

When I saw it I could not stop staring into those eyes, they had so many colors: dark blue the outer edge, light blue then, ochre with a bit of burnt sienna and the middle is deep, endless black.

The other thing that I was fascinated that this glance had so much fear for the war and wish to have finally peace and security. Somehow I felt that these eyes were calling people to wake up and stop that crazy war, the girl was from Afghanistan, she was a refugee in the camp in Pakistan.

The National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, made that picture with the permission of Gula, that was just a quick random picture that appeared on the cover of National Geography in 1985, that immediately became very popular and touched the hearts of many people.

In 2002 almost 17 years later Steve found the girl who now became a mother of three daughters, despite of so many years she still had the same glance and the same expression of the eyes.


Hope you like it.


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My step-by-step process:



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The finished painting:



Watercolor painting “Gula” by @stef1

Rough watercolour textured paper 30x40 cm, paper weight 300 gsm, watercolours colours in pans and tubes, flat and round brushes


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nice one.. keep it up😍😍😍

 6 months ago 

Thank you for nice words :)

Вот это да! Тебе удалось передать взгляд той девушки с фото! У меня аж мурашки по коже. Такой пронзительный у неё взгляд. Отличный портрет получился!

 6 months ago 

Мне давно хотелась ее нарисовать, я даже немного завидую ее глазам, просто красота :)


 6 months ago 

Thank you for stopping by @dreamb, I am glad to have thumbs up!

Very beautiful!

 6 months ago 

Thank you :)