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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait Commission - Elizabeth Completed

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait Commission
 I will see if my client has any edits needed but other than that I think she is complete!  I have been giving her "the eye" all morning from different angles and nothing has popped out at me so far.  Since the last update I spent a fair bit of time strengthening the shadow areas and refininh her features, softening edges along the way.  For this painting I used Daniel Smith Sepia watercolor pigment on Arches paper.  I often use Winsor Newton Sepia as well as it is great for cool dark areas but I really like the warmth of Daniel Smith's sepia for portraits.

This painting will be used on a book cover for a series of books that I have been fortunate enough to be commissioned for. 

Realistic Watercolor Workshop -
April 5 & 6, 2014

Wicked Winds - 16x20" Watercolor on Arches
$460 Matted & Framed

The Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner class is sold out but there are still spots available for my upcoming Realistic Watercolor Painting Workshop.

Artists will learn to create realistic watercolour paintings full of detail, form and rich colours.

We will focus on different techniques including layering transparent glazes, using opaque and transparent colours, colour mixing, dry brush techniques, wet on wet texture tips and more. This class is for beginners to intermediate artists. All supplies included in the cost of the workshop.

Apr 5, 2014 from 10 - 5pm and Apr 6, 2014 from 12-4pm

Port Moody Art Center
2425 St Johns St., Port Moody
Please register at online registration or call (604) 931-2008 for more information.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait - Elizabeth

Watercolor Portrait Commission - Elizabeth
Well I thought the portrait had not progressed much from the last update until I went to post the update on line.  I guess all those hours in the studio did pay off ;)

There are lines around her lips and jaw that need to be softened so that they will settle in and not look so harsh.  Her neck is getting  there but still needs to be darkened especially along the nape of the neck which will really help balance things out.  Her hair is pretty much as dark as it will get but I may add a few highlights and wisps here and there as well as make the lower portion more subtle around the highlighted area.

Her facial features and skin tone are getting pretty close to completion and now it is about softening any harsh lines, refining her features, darkening her cheek area, lashes and trying to push the forms as far as I can to create a more three dimensional look.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Monochromatic Watercolor Portrait - Elizabeth
Initial Skin Tone Layers in Watercolor

Graphite Pencil Portrait Sketch

Watercolor Portrait Initial Washes
This is my latest commission that I am working on of Elizabeth.  The portrait commission will be a monochromatic watercolor which I love to do.  I really enjoy how the watercolor pigment builds up to create a glow from the white paper underneath.  I am using my favorite paper, Arches 140lb Hot Pressed that I stretch before starting.  Stretching your paper is the ONLY way to go as far as I am concerned! I have tried working on paper that is un-stretched and always find it such a pain as things just start getting good and then the paper buckles and how the heck can you judge proportions and accuracy with buckled paper?!!?

Her features are being built up quite loosely to start and will become more refined and the portrait progresses.  Her neck looks quite strange right now as at the nape of her neck it will become one of the darkest areas so I should address that this session to better determine the range of values.  Edges that have dried hard in some areas will also be softened before building up more form.  I love this part of the process as it is just so relaxing and enjoyable.  I have missed watercolor!