First, I did this:
These are both painted with the exact same colors -Permanent Rose, Winsor Lemon and Manganese Blue. I did add a little Cobalt Turquoise to the second one in some of the leaves.
These are preliminary paintings for a portrait. It seems like a good idea to make them as paintings on their own so these are finished 5 x 7 pieces.
Thoughts and comments are welcome. The portrait is underway, but I’ll let there be a little mystery about which way it goes.
This is a portrait of Nadine (her blog here). We did a portrait swap where we each worked from a photo (which I have misplaced or it would be posted too -sorry!) of the other person. It was both interesting and challenging for me as I don’t normally use this type of photo and had not seen her in person. It’s amazing what you learn about someone’s face!
It’s watercolor, 8 x 10, Arches cold press with a touch of colored pencil here and there to finish. Three colors used, all Winsor & Newton – Ultramarine Violet, Permanent Rose and Winsor Lemon. The scan has obliterated some detail in the eyes.
When I do these portraits, I often do a small (5 x7) color and pattern study concurrently to help me work out the details. That’s here:
A card for a friend – it’s ready to go in the mail tomorrow. These little 4×6 postcards are just the thing to keep in practice with paints and such when time is short.
I sketched the plant and flower head in pencil, quickly painted with watercolor, lettered and inked with a black gel pen. Overworking with the pen is always a danger, so I let it rest a bit before finishing up. It took hardly any time at all from the garden and my back porch.