GUEST DOODLEWASH: Beautiful People

Doodlewashes by Tamara de Fretes

My name is Tamara de Fretes (follow me on Instagram!). I am an amateur watercolorist who lives in Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia. I’m very fortunate to be able to work from home. I am a stock trader by day and a homemaker, a wife, a mother of a grownup daughter and a trouble shooter within the household by day and night and anytime in between.

Working on my watercolors became both a luxury and a stress relief from the nerve wrecking ever changing stock market. I have a degree in architecture but became a self taught watercolorist instead. I love beauty and believe it can be found anywhere. Thanks to my educational background I consider proportion a very important element in every object I paint.

My favorite subjects are those ever graceful classic/contemporary ballet dancers, street fashionista and beautiful people with character. Daniel Craig falls into my category of beautiful people, I just haven’t gotten  time to paint him. My favorite “Me Time” is sitting in a bustling cafe with a pen and a sketchbook, observing people and making sketches of those worth sketching.

Being part of the older generation, I was introduced to Instagram by my daughter and was amazed and grateful by it that I can now share my artistic work without borders. I make my cafe sketches with an ordinary ink pen and color them at home with my all time favorite Winsor & Newton artist watercolor. I also like to use Derwent watercolor pencils especially to add texture to my paintings. 

I sometimes use white ink to create highlights and certain images like rain on a window pane. Watercolor is the best medium I have ever worked with and I do hope that in many years to come I will still be able to work with it and be recognized for my artistry.

Tamara de Fretes

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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
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16 Comments
  1. Alok Singhal 2 years ago

    You work is very pretty 🙂

  2. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Dear Tamara, thank you sharing your graceful and dynamic watercolor paintings. I’m inspired, I’m signing up now to follow you in IG. Thank you Charlie!

  3. Wow, beautiful and inspirational work! Thanks Charlie!!

  4. cindy knoke 2 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  5. Kari 2 years ago

    Beautiful doodlewashes! And I definitely relate about daughter’s showing you Instagram. Mine are constantly showing me what to do and more importantly what not to do. Will follow in IG!

  6. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  7. Jodi 2 years ago

    Look forward to following you, getting to know you, enjoying the beauty of your art Tamara! thanks for sharing Charlie!

  8. thepeppersclub 2 years ago

    You’re good at what you do 🙂 this is very inspiring.

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