Well, to say that my husband is HOT would be true…but in this painting, the reference is more to how his skin tone turned out. Looks like he’s been slaving over the stove too long. The photo I worked from was back-lit. I learned that this is an extremely difficult thing to paint. Not only was it difficult to actually see from the photo the features of the face and tone variations, but it was just plain hard to paint back-lighting and have it be believable. I WILL be trying this one again! Perhaps the next one will improve, or perhaps not. But I am learning so much about the colors on my palette (some I need to get rid of and some I need to add), how I typically go about painting transparent watercolor (and what I need to alter), what works and what doesn’t. I’m realizing I have much to learn in controlling the amount of water in my brush…I can hear Skip Lawrence now, “Control your water!” he would say to us over and over again in the workshops I’ve taken from him.
The main thing I want to learn to do is: to paint the face and figure with the same kind of freedom and simplicity as I do in non-portrait/figure subjects. For instance, here’s a section of the hat:
Lovely huh? Beautiful color, free strokes, etc. I want to achieve that in the face!!! I didn’t get it this time. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. So I’ll try it again, sometime.
Oh, and here’s my sketch before applying watercolor…thought you might like to see that too!
I think I like the drawing better than the painting…which is my typical response to my artwork. I’m determined to make a change there! Not necessarily to have to like my paintings better than the drawings, but to have them be at least on the same playing field. I wonder if 100 of these portraits will be enough?