Watercolor Wed. 8

As a portrait painter, my new challenge in watercolor is to quickly capture a natural  likeness.

When I work in oils, the process is forgiving, because I am able to walk away, reevaluate, and layer corrections to please both myself and the client.   The loose watercolor portraits of sisters above, were executed very quickly.  And because they were not commissioned work, I had the freedom to get very close to the likeness I’m always after, without worrying about nailing a likeness.  The upside is that with watercolor, the paintings are quick, and I can make many.  I’m hoping that in a relatively short amount of work time, if I paint several watercolors of a subject, I will be able to yield at least one likeness that will hit. We’ll see;)

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Published by elenacaravela

My world is a wonder of visual candy and foreboding shadow shapes vying every waking moment for my full attention.

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  1. A very interesting group of ‘characters’, particularly in terms of your project. I’m a little undecided about the middle one – probably because I find the shadow tones too ‘punchy’.

  2. Love all three paintings. Love the smile in the first painting, love the colors in the second painting, and love, love, love the chubby-cheeked girl in the last painting.

  3. Wow, amazing! The middle one is my favorite, she’s got a wise and serious air about her. Great job on all three, they’ve got both style and personality!

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