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Light Catcher

Light Chaser – Final

Painting #1 for my 14/28 February Furry Friends challenge. “Light Catcher” watercolor 7.5″x11″ on 140lb Arches cold press. Click on the image for a larger view in a new browser tab.

I painted this “wet-to-dry,” meaning I first saturated the paper completely, then dried it back to damp and painted “alla prima” until the paper was completely dry.

I used three primary pigments; Phthalo Blue (GS), Pyrrol Red, and Hansa Yellow Light throughout.

I first drew an outline of the figure and shadow edges directly on the watercolor paper, using a 2B graphite pencil. While the paper was quite wet, I painted the background with all three colors, letting them mix on the paper and painting around the whites. I moved into the figure with the top right ear, then to the right side shadows, keeping the paint at milk strength. I like to put the paint down, then “S-caress” it out to leave soft edges. I then just painted the gray shadows by mixing the red with the blue to get a rich gray. I started the left ear with a tea-strength red, then added some of the gray mix for shadow areas.

I painted the eyes last. I started with the yellow and blue, then added some of the red to create a more neutral green for the far eye. I used the same colors for the near eye (in shadow), painting around a sidewise T-shaped highlight. While the eye was still wet, I dropped in some of the gray mix for the pupil and the darker ring around the middle. I let it dry, then carved around the edges with a thick almost black mix of red and blue. After drying off the eye again, I decided the near eye had to be more in shadow, so I glazed over everything except the highlight with a darker green. I let that dry, then glazed over that with an orange, mixed with the red and yellow. I let it dry again, then painted over the highlight with a tea-strength phthalo blue (except for a tiny spot of pure white).

I did not use any masking or white paint. I did, however, use Magic Eraser to lift out a critical highlight in the far eye, just at the bottom edge of the eye.

I painted the edge of the gray shadow shapes with a toned-down orange (mixed with the red and yellow and a bit of blue) to give the fur a glow. I called out a few hints of hair and fur with some calligraphy strokes. Done. I think it took about an hour and a half. I will have to check the video clips for sure.

I quite like it… Personality abounds.

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Update 2/7/20! I made a change. Can you tell where?

 

Walking Down the Street, Pretty Woman – Update

Walking Down the Street, Pretty Woman – Final

This was the 30th painting for my 30×30 Portrait Challenge for January 2020. “Walking Down the Street, Pretty Woman” watercolor 11″x7.5″ on 140 lb Arches cold press. Click on images to see a larger view in new browser tabs.

I painted it on January 30th. I have been staring at it since. The neck was originally too wide. This is the fix. I also made some minor adjustments to the shoulder, hand, and arm. It’s WAY better now, me thinks. 

Stage 1

Compare to the earlier version.

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Walking Down the Street, Pretty Woman

Walking Down the Street, Pretty Woman

Portrait #30 for my 30×30 Portrait challenge. “Walking Down the Street, Pretty Woman” watercolor 11″x7.5″ on 140lb Arches Cold Press. Portrait #30 on the 30th! Whew! Click on the images for a larger view in new browser tabs.

I dashed off the sketch in the morning, then had to finish up two paintings after my watercolor class to meet the 30×30 goal, but I did it! Yay!

I saturated the paper front and back. While the paper soaked, I mixed up five “piles” of paint to a milky strength; Rose of Ultramarine, Raw Sienna Light, Pyrrol Red, Cascade Green (by Daniel Smith), and Ultramarine Blue (by Holbein). I then dried the paper back to damp.

Sketch

I started with the background, painting around the whites, letting the colors mix on the paper (rather than in the palette). I used the blue, RoU, and Cascade Green and a bit of Raw Sienna for the background colors.

For the hair, I painted the first layer with Raw Sienna Light, then moved to the skin tones, adding some Pyrrol Red to the mix. I used my S-Caress stroke to keep all the edges soft and indistinct. I fixed the shoulder width between the drawing and painting, bringing the shoulder and arm shadows in closer to the body.

I used a light layer of Cascade Green for the blouse base, then added some Ultramarine Blue and let the paint swim around to create the impression of a fabric pattern. The hardest part around the torso was the hand. Keeping it indistinct but accurate (I hope).

I mixed all the colors together to create a dark for the shadows in the hair. I used an Ultramarine base for the eye sockets and irises of the eye,  but painted the eyelashes and brows with the same murky dark. I used the Ultramarine Blue and Cascade green with some Rose of Ultramarine for the soft shadows in the face and neck. I could probably still fix some things, but I like the freshness of it as it is.

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Man in Crowd – Painting

Man in a Crowd – Painting

Portrait #29 for my 30×30 Portrait Challenge. Watercolor 7.5″x11″ on 140lb Aches Cold Press paper. Click on images for a larger view in new browser tabs.

I wanted to keep this one unrealized, like the on/off drawing sketch. I used Rose of Ultramarine, Cascade Green, Cobalt Blue Violet, Raw Sienna Light, and Transparent Pyrrol Orange all by Daniel Smith. I saturated the paper, then dried it back to damp, so I could hold an edge. I painting around the light shapes with milky strength pigment, letting the colors mix on the paper. I like the soft diagonal effect of the paint strokes in the background.

I used RoU, CBV, and Cascade Green in the background and for the grays of the hair. I used the TPO and RSL for the skin tones, adding RoU for the shadows. For the shadows in the shirt, I used the RoU and Cascade Green, then some CBV for the darker shadows.

Man in a crowd – Sketch

For ONCE, I stopped before I put in too much detail. I quite like the sketchiness of the painting. Sometimes working on a deadline makes me focus.

Woman in the Crowd – Sketch

Woman in a Crowd – Sketch final

Woman in a Crowd – Stage 1

Portrait #30 for my 30×30 Portrait Challenge. Yay! I made it to 30 portraits on the 30th day of the month. Whew! Okay, so the last two are just sketches so far, but the challenge didn’t say anything about having to be just paintings, right? I will likely need the 31st day of January to finish the paintings.

Woman in a Crowd – Stage 2

This is a graphite sketch on 90 lb watercolor paper. I started with an outline drawing of the major shadow and light shapes (Stage 1). In stage 2, I shaded lightly to separate the light from shadow.

By stage 3, I realized I had some proportions off. I fixed the “big head” issue, but I still need to adjust for the “Monster shoulders” issues. Stay tuned.

Once the final corrections are made, I will trace up an outline drawing to my watercolor paper today. Stay tuned!

 

Yohannes

Yohannes

Portrait #28 for my 30×30 Portrait Challenge. “Yohannes” watercolor 11″x7.5″ on 140 lb Arches cold press. Click on the image for a larger view in your browser.

Yohannes was the model today for the Portrait Society of Reno weekly Wednesday sessions. What a great model! He sat like a statue and provided us with SUCH a great look.

I spent the first 20-minute-pose on the drawing. Taking care to pay attention to angles, proportions, and Interrelationships. The rest of the painting I finished in 3 more 20-minute-poses.

I worked a wet brush on dry paper.

Sitter with Painting

I really enjoyed his glasses, deep orange skin tones, and dark beard. I decided to bring the violet tones in the backdrop to the shadows in the face and clothing. It contrasted nicely with the orange skin tones, don’t you think?

I used mostly Transparent Pyrrol Orange (Daniel Smith), Cobalt Blue Violet (Daniel Smith), and Crimson Lake (Holbein). I did use a bit of Raw Sienna Light (Daniel Smith) for the highlights on the cheek, nose, and neck. I used mostly crimson for the lips but decided I needed a warmer red, so I brought in Pyrrol Red in the end. Since I used the Pyrrol Red on the lips, I had to put touches of it elsewhere around the painting; on the bridge of the nose, side of the nostril, cheekbones, and brow. I also mixed some Pyrrol, TPO, and CBV for the darks in the beard, hat, etc.

The violet, orange, and crimson combination just did not gray down enough for the clothing. I mixed the Crimson with some Cascade Green (Daniel Smith), Pyrrol and Phthalo to get a rich, rich dark. Cascade Green is a mix of Phthalo Blue and Raw Sienna, though, so it’s not like a whole ‘nuther color.. hahaha. I may want to make a few minor adjustments around the neck and glasses. Or I may just leave it alone? Call it a truly live-sitting painting? Whattaya think?

I really think I caught Yohannes’ likeness. He seems like one of those really nice men; smart, kind, and it didn’t hurt that he was so handsome <smile>. I hope I have the opportunity to paint him again someday.

Little Veil – Painting

Little Veil

Portrait #23 of my 30×30 Portrait Challenge. “Little Veil” watercolor 7.5″x11″ on 140lb Arches cold press. Click on images for a larger view in a new browser tab.

I mixed up 5 tea strength piles of pigment: Rose of Ultramarine (RoU), Cascade Green and Raw Sienna Light (RSL) by Daniel Smith;  Cobalt Blue by QoR, and Translucent Orange by Schminke. I saturated the paper front and back, then dried it back to damp.

I wetted the shadow shapes again then “S-caressed” in the RoU, RSL, and Translucent Orange for the skin tones, using the Cascade Green for the light side and the shadows ad Cobalt in the eye sockets. I painted around the highlights in the eyes (by not wetting the paper there).

I used a combination of the Cobalt, RoU, and Translucent Orange for the hair, letting the colors mix on the paper (not in the palette!).

I wet the background and gently painted caressed in tea strength RoU and Cascade Green in the background, Letting the two colors both mix and be independent, so it was soft and blended. I let all the color bleed out a bit.

I took a break to handle a customer. Yay! Afterward, the paper had dried back just the right amount. I started to build up the value tones. Starting with the dark eyes. I brought in some Payne’s Blue Gray (or maybe Indanthrone Blue?) by Daniel Smith, mixed it with the Translucent Orange to create a dark brown for the hair and the eyes. I used RoU for the lips and nostrils. With a tiny bit of blue where the lips joined and in the corners of the mouth.

I called out the neck and back of the hair with a stronger mix of Cascade Green, then blended in some RoU to neutralize the colors.

I enjoy the painting. I REALLY captured a likeness this time. I like the softness on the edges and focus on the features with the hair falling across them.

This may be my favorite skin tone combination now? Who will I draw or paint tomorrow? Stay tuned.

With a Blue Streak Too

With a Blue Streak Too.

Portrait #22 for my 30×30 Portrait Challenge. “With a Blue Streak Too” watercolor on 140 lb Arches cold press, 7.5″x11″. I decided to paint this model again. I just did not capture a likeness the first time around. Click on images for a larger view in a new browser tab.

I painted wet-into-wet using Rose of Ultramarine, Cascade Green by Daniel Smith, Ultramarine Blue and Translucent Orange by Schminke, and Cobalt Blue by QoR. I wanted to just do an analogous color scheme from green to violet, but I just couldn’t resist bringing in the orange for the skin tone.

The green and violet mix to a nearly perfect gray tone. I used the same two colors as individual components for the background.

I really enjoy the painting now, especially the pops of blue in the hair and the green backlighting at the temples and under the jawline. The other portrait was not bad, it just did not look like the model in my opinion.

I did take video of the process for future reference. Stay tuned.

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Spiked – Painting

Spiked

Portrait #21 of my 30×30 portrait challenge. Over 2/3rds of the way there. Woot! “Spiked” watercolor on 140 lb Arches cold press, 7.5″x11″. Click on images to see a larger view in a new browser tab.

I began wet-into-wet and intended to do an ethereal and unrealized portrait. Once again, I took it to the “too much” level. Sigh. I used 5 colors this time. Rose of Ultramarine, Raw Sienna Light, Pyrrol Red by Daniel Smith, as well as Ultramarine Blue and Translucent Orange by Schminke. Oh, and some Titanium White.

I started out wet-into-wet and left the paper wetter than I normally do. I painted in value layers from the graphite value study I had done previously. I “pushed” the colors a bit more than they appear in the reference photo, wanting to have a vibrant contrast between the violets and yellows.

Spiked – Graphite 11″x7.5″

I “finished” before completing the painting. I felt dissatisfied with it until I propped it up for display at home. Now I quite like it. This experience usually has the opposite effect. ha!  Though, I still want to bring some of the yellow to the left side of the background and soften a few edges here and there… Oh, and sign it. I usually only sign a painting once I consider it done.

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Liz

Portrait #16 of my 30×30 Portrait Challenge. And today is the 16th! Right on track.

Liz

Live Model! I really enjoy painting from a live model. I am a member of the Portrait Society of Reno. Each Wednesday morning from 9 am to noon, they organize for a live model at Nevada Fine Art, 1301 S. Virginia Street in mid-town Reno. All the painters (all media) pay a $10 model fee. The amazing Kay Genasci brings refreshments and sets up the model. If you’re anywhere near, come on along and join in the fun! Live sessions really do challenge our drawing skills, as there is no way to trace… Authentic!

Contour Drawing

I wanted to have a monumental view of the model, so I decided to sit down for this one, which is rare for me, as I usually paint standing. I started with the contour drawing for the first 20-minute pose.

I had been looking at the portraits of Pam Wenger (I think out of PA) the day before. She paints lovely portraits, full of personality and random shadows color. I love her skin tones. Some day I may have to take one of her workshops. Check out her website, http://www.pamwenger.com/

I started with the hair and background. I used Cobalt Blue Violet and Transparent Pyrrol Orange (Daniel Smith) as well as some Ultramarine Blue (Holbein) for a good colorful brown tone for her dark hair. I was intrigued with the red tones in the light, so I let the orange be more prevalent in the light areas. To turn the form, I shifted to the violet and blue tones for the shadows at the crown. I used the cobalt blue-violet and Quinacridone Red for the background.

Painting (Stage 1) Draft

Once moving on to the skin tones, I went in first with a layer of Pyrrol Transparent Orange and Raw Sienna Light, my brownish yellow and orange. I then added some greenish shade using a combination of Sap and Cascade Green (Daniel Smith). To give the painting an overall harmony, I brought in some of the violet to the shadow areas around the eyes and under the jaw, and touched in some of the green to the sweater and turtleneck, as well. I did bring in some Pyrrol Red in the eye sockets, nose, and mouth. I find I use Pyrrol Red on nearly every portrait, whether I intend to or not. It is a nice warm (but not too warm) semi-transparent pigment. I added some of the quin rose and cobalt blue-violet mix to the ends of the hair under her chin.

I was pleased with the painting, especially the likeness. I think I will adjust the shadows on the far shoulder, to let that recede rather than come forward. Then I will call ‘er done.

Thank you, Liz, for being a fantastic model, sitting like a statue. I think I saw you blink twice, though.