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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!

 

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.

9th & 10th Paintings for Challenge – Yellow Headed Blackbirds

Yellow-Headed Blackbird One

Today I couldn’t resist my yellow-headed blackbird friend. He and I had a conversation on my walk the other day. I don’t know if he was pleased to see me. I think he thought I might threaten his nest. Have you ever heard these birds? Man, do they like to screech! But they also have a cute chirp when you get close to have a “talk.”

I painted him twice. No pre-drawing for either rendition. I quite like both outcomes. I know tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I start teaching my watercolor class at Western Nevada College. I thought I’d better paint two paintings today, just in case I don’t have time tomorrow.

Yellow-Headed Blackbird Too

For the first study, I waxed off the white wing tips, then saturated the paper front and back. While the paper was “cooking in the water,” I prepared my paints in the palette: I used Hansa Yellow Medium and Deep for the light areas of the head, and Raw Sienna Light for the yellow shadow areas (all Daniel Smith). I mixed Ultramarine Light (Holbein) with Pyrrol Transparent Orange (Daniel Smith) for the darks on the body. For the background and trees, I added Cascade Green (Daniel Smith). I also used all the bird colors in the background to promote harmony.

For the second study, I used the same color combinations, but my process was different. I wetted the background area but kept paper where I wanted the bird dry. I did not use wax for the wing tips. I dropped in weak blue and green while the paper was wet and puddly and let the paint swim around and blend on the paper. I then dried the paper back to damp before working on the bird itself.

I like both paintings. I think the second is more accurate proportions, but I like the softness of the first study. What do you think?

I have video clips for both paintings. I may edit them someday. Stay tuned!

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Both paintings are 5×5″x7.5″ on 140lb Arches cold press paper. Under the “Choose Painting” options; “One” is the first image, “Too” is the second painting.

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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.

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“Coral Birthday” Painting $100 (with mat)


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