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costa rica girl watercolor portrait

Reference photo is my friend Lorna.  She is originally from Costa Rica and we met during both of our first years in the U.S., at an ESL class. Unfortunately, the painting doesn’t look like her, even after numerous reworkings (if you look close, you can see areas of diluted gesso here and there). I guess I’ll have to paint another one some time and aim for more resemblance!

Speaking of years in the U.S., yesterday was my 7-year move-i-versary (thanks Genevieve for another made-up word I can add to my vocabulary ;) ) It feels so strange.

 


Originally posted on November 1, 2010 at: http://watercoloredhands.com/2010/11/01/a-portrait-a-day-26-lorna/

 


San Miguel de Allende street scene ink and watercolor painting

ink and watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord 6x6"

Here I used one of the four brushes that my dear husband brought me from Japan. I’m sure there’s a name for this kind of brush but I don’t know it :) It has stiffer, longer hair in the center and softer, short light hair (goat?) on the outside. The variety in the hair length and stiffness adds variety to the brushstrokes. A rather interesting tool :)

asian brush

asian brush tip

asian brush

asian brush

Don’t forget to take a look at all the wonderful entries for this beautiful, colorful city at the Virtual Paintout blog!

 


Originally published on November 1, 2010 at: http://watercoloredhands.com/2010/11/01/san-miguel-de-allende-october-virtual-paintout/

 


blacksmith watercolor painting

12×16″, watercolor with touches of gesso on Arches CP 140lb. I’m done and I’m glad I haven’t overworked it. But I keep thinking that the background on the right should be darker. What do you think?

For comparison, here is what it looked like before gesso touch-ups: http://watercoloredhands.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/a-portrait-a-day-23-blacksmith-wip/. That post also has a link to the reference photos that I uploaded to WetCanvas reference library. Please feel free to use them for your projects :)

In case anyone was wondering what happened to me, I am quite well and keeping up with the Portrait A Day project. I am also a mom of a 14-month old boy, who takes a little too much time per pound of weight :) I have about 6-7 posts worth of material (including some watercolor book reviews) that I will try to post soon. Stay tuned!

 

 


 

Originally posted on October 28, 2010 at http://watercoloredhands.com/2010/10/28/blacksmith-watercolor-finished/


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