14 May 2009

Golden youth

This is a portrait I painted from a reference in the WetCanvas May portrait classroom. The original is quarter sheet size (11" by 15"), and these are two alternative 8" by 10" crops.

I'm usually a bit timid with watercolour portraits, mixing my colours on the palette. However, I've just read 'Expressive Portraits' by Jean Pederson, and decided to try her 'wet glazing' method, and let the colours mix on the paper. Well (as usual) there are parts I like and parts I don't, and I definitely need more practice, but it's a great method, and it's good to try a fresh approach too.

Not sure which crop I prefer - feedback welcome!

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