Monday, September 17, 2012
Sisters and their dog - in progress
Hope everyone had a good weekend. Yesterday morning I woke up to wet sidewalks and cloudy sky which brought a giddiness to me. Yes, I was thrilled it was raining. I don't know why, but, when it rains it seems that everyone kind of slows down. For me, that means I can stay in my pajamas and paint all day.
Above is a portrait of two sisters with their dog - in progress. It is on a 22x30 full sheet of watercolor paper. It is hard to get a decent photo when the paper is so large. Also, the wells of the warping paper create shadows onto itself. I have a long ways to go on this portrait. When I work on portraits, I like to go slow and step back for a day or so. The tiniest change in color or value can make such a difference, either good or bad. In this case, I am not happy with the cheek lines on the little girl on the right. I am so disappointed with it I don't know what to do. Portrait artists out there, help. My other issue is, I don't know what the background color should be. Usually, it develops on its own if I don't have an idea before painting. This time, there is so much background and a long ways to go. I welcome all suggestions.
Have a great week and stop by to see me at the SWS Art Show this Saturday if you are in the area.