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Smiling Beverly

Painting with model

Smiling Beverly

“Smiling Beverly” watercolor 11″x7.5″ on 140lb Arches cold press paper. A day departing from my Furry Friends Challenge. I participated in the Portrait Society of Reno’s weekly live model session. The lovely “Smiling Beverly” graced us with herself. She held a slight smile the entire time. Click on the images for a larger view in new browser tabs.

I used Phthalo Blue (GS), Cascade Green, Quinacrindone Coral, and Raw Sienna Light. All Daniel Smith pigments.

I painted on dry paper, set at a 60-75 degree angle (on my plein air easel). For the first 20-minute sitting, I drew the contours of the major shapes.

I began painting on the second 20-minute pose. I began with the background, moving from the outside in. The background is a mix of Cascade Green and Phthalo blue. I then framed the face with the hair. I mixed phthalo, quin coral to make the first layer of light gray hair. I then moved on to the skin tones. I used quin coral and Raw Sienna Light. Around the eye sockets I put down a think layer of just phthalo blue. I exaggerated the light shapes at first, leaving them completely white.

For the second 20-minute pose, I concentrated on the features with a stronger mix of all three pigments. Painting the shadow shapes.

For the third 20-minute pose, I worked on the clothing and darker shadows in the hair. This time I added some RSL to the blue and coral for a richer more neutral gray tone. I put in some blue reflected light on the bottom of the chin and added some blue to the lights to give her a sense of being in outside light.

For the final 20-minute pose, I added some more darks around the features, added the glasses, and darkened the background green.

I have a few corrections to make (around the eyes and mouth) but I am quite pleased with the likeness achieved from the live setting. Stay tuned!

 

3rd Painting 30×30 Direct Watercolor Challenge – Coral Birthday

“Coral Birthday” (click on image for a larger view)

To continue with the #30x30directwatercolor challenge, I am painting yet another birthday bouquet. This one with 5 little coral roses, a red rose (which I removed from the bouquet temporarily) and some red berries.

The challenge was capturing the muted coral color. From my color temperature studies, I know to make a vibrant secondary color mix, I want to mix the two primaries that are closer together. Going with that theory,  a less vibrant, or duller, secondary color mix should be achieved by mixing the two primary colors that are further apart on the color wheel. Since coral is really an orange (secondary) color, I chose to use two cool reds (Quinacridone red and rose) and a cool yellow (Hansa Yellow Light). I also added a tiny bit of Cobalt Blue to neutralize the orange a bit more. I wanted a light, warm blue. A dark blue would be too harsh and a cool blue would make it too gray.

Painting with Source Bouquet

I saturated the 8″x10″ 140lb rough Arches watercolor paper, using a 1 1/2″ clean flat brush. I let the paper soak while I prepared my paint puddles; about 5 mins.

I then dried back the paper a bit, just to take the sheen off, and started putting in light areas of color with my Lowe-Cornell #14 round brush, starting with yellow, then reds, with the paint very watery. At this stage, the paper is very wet and all the colors blend beautifully. I kept a light touch on the paper, just skimming the surface. I use a motion I call, “The S Caress.”  The “S” describes the motion, the caress describes the amount of pressure.

As the paper started to dry, I strengthened the pigment (to about a skim milk consistency) and painted in some darker value shapes, also adding just a touch of Cobalt Blue to the orange mix, sometimes going directly to the paper with the Cobalt. In the second stage, the paint holds a shape a little better, so I paint in some darker value areas, blending out the colors softly. I cleaned my brush, removed all the water and lifted some areas on the petals. This has to be done while the paper and paint are still wet.

Finally, I strengthened the pigment more and added the red berries and some dark accents all around. For the accents, I used my Alvaro Castagnet calligraphy liner brush. Start to finish, 45 minutes.

If you’re interested in purchasing this painting ($100), it is 7.5″x5.5″ watercolor on 140lb Arches watercolor paper with a white/black core mat. Thank you in advance. I use PayPal as my payment processor. You do NOT need a PayPal account to purchase. Shipping cost is $7.00 only if purchasing through PayPal (check payments and destinations outside the continental U.S. will incur additional shipping charges). Taxes are additional, where applicable.

“Coral Birthday” Painting $100 (with mat)


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