Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Frazetta's Last Watercolor

This is actually Frank's last right handed watercolor before getting hit by the strokes. Afterwards he would continue to do some left handed watercolors. And, in fact, many of those were quite exceptional.

I was fortunate to see this last watercolor in three different stages over the course of three visits. The only thing he didn't finish was the little butterfly on the left side. Frank decided that it looked just fine the way it was. He didn't want to take a chance on accidentally screwing it up. After his initial strokes he was prone to a little hand jitteriness. This would lead to little hand spasms that caused him to ruin some coloring attempts. He thought it was best to leave this one alone. The original is now owned by Disney artist Topper Helmers. It is displayed proudly on his CAF Gallery site along with his other Frazetta jewels.

Doc Dave


  1. Someone i can´t name here offered to me time ago.

    If my source is not wrong,master Frazetta give as a present to one of his grandsons.After few time his grandson give to a third person for sell it for him.

    This is the previous story before the watercolour ends in Topper Helmers CAF gallery

  2. Yes, every Frazetta original usually has a very interesting story associated with it.



  3. This is unbelievable you got this in process wow, so he did start lightly slowly shading it darker, a completely different approach then with his oils. Wow, I wonder my self is there still going to be a Frazetta museum again, I wonder what happened to all his work.

  4. Doc, when you were there seeing him paint this, was this really done from imagination without any photo reference, it looks really real?