The great thing about participating in challenges like InkTober is that it forces me out of my comfort zone. The idea is to work in ink everyday for the whole month. So, while in my portrait session, I blocked in with pencil then worked with a 3 micron pen. I never do that and I may not have tried if it wasn't for InkTober!
From there, I tried something else I haven't done for awhile, which is one colourful wash from top to bottom, on the shadow side only. This approach often allows for lots of colour!
I'm really enjoying these small fresh watercolour paintings of flowers that I've been doing. I'm trying not to overthink anything, not the set up and not the approach, so that they are as light and clean as possible. : )
Tuesday's Portrait Session went very well thanks to our very patient and cheerful model Jerry. Once I brought the piece home and looked at it, I decided to add a bit of orange to the background to balance his shirt. Plus, I added some splatters, of course!
I did this original watercolour painting from a pic provided by the sktchy app. It's an awesome fun app where people provide pics and you paint them. The app has some fun extras, so check it out if you're looking for inspiration!
Well, I know how hard it is to draw the far right eye on a model when you can just barely see it. Next time I'll be sure to adjust my seat to the right for a profile or the left, so I can really see the eye. However, I got so caught up in the lovely shape of the model's hair that I just started drawing. I'm actually happy with it and although the hair may look unfinished, I chose to leave it, and the shirt, this way and I consider this portrait study finished. : )
11x14" watercolour painting
Well, you'd think I'd learn my lesson and shift a bit... but this time I was caught up in the red shirt. I'm happy with this one too and I believe I got the far right eye in proportion. Still, a very frustrating angle...
This time I got rid of the white on the face, starting with a pink and grey wash, let it dry, then focused on the features. : )
Super proud that my bear painting was one of two chosen for this year's Toronto Watercolour Society Art Show Invite! Happening next month. More info to follow.
Also, I just finished a three day workshop with the lovely watercolour artist Rex Beanland, hosted by Toronto Watercolour Society. Learned a lot about mixing watercolour to the consistency of tea, coffee, milk, cream and butter!
Well, this one doesn't look anything like the model... but I sure had fun messing around with a green and pink palette. I used Viridian and Opera which make a lovely purple. I added dashes of Cadmium Red just to warm it up a bit.
I've now painted our Don Valley Art Club organizer three times. Every portrait of him looks different. I've posted all three if you scroll back and look, (Aug 23rd and 14th... although you might not be able to tell!) He's got a great expressive face and, although I'm happy with all of the paintings, each captures a different aspect of him.
At the Don Valley Art Club, a bunch of artists get together and pose for each other for 25 minutes. The session is 3 hours so I normally do 5-6 portraits a session (depending on whether or not it's my turn to pose that day). By the time I get to painting number 4, I've loosened up and get more carefree. That's what happened with this painting. I like it because I was so relaxed while painting it. It's a bit 'sloppier' which, I think, worked out well for this one. : )
Another 25 minute portrait from Sunday's painting session. It's so difficult to paint the shadow of a woman's face without making it too grey, or dull...
...or in this case, too blue... I took the blue down once I was at home however, with watercolour, I can't get rid of it completely. So I added a bit of blue to her cheek to balance it out. Also, I added a bit of white gouache for the highlights on her glasses. Very happy with how I handled her blue striped shirt though. : )
I'm loving this long horizontal format lately. : )
While waiting for the model to show up for a life painting session last week, it occurred to me that the studio, with all the interesting various chairs, would make a fantastic subject as well as suit the long thin format. So, during the model's breaks, I painted this one. Click image to enlarge. : )
I spent Saturday at the Toronto Botanical Gardens with fellow artists from the Don Valley Art Club. It's a place I've painted at many times before however, this time, I stumbled across a hidden garden archway. I think I'm finally getting the hang of plein-air painting. It's soooo challenging. $160 - 8x16"painting Here's my set up -
Another Sunday at the Don Valley Art Club doing portraits of fellow artists. This group is great! We sit for each other for 25 minute sessions. So, we get a lot done. : )
(Click on pics to see one after the other).
I think this one was most successful. The first photo is how it looked after 25 minutes of painting in the studio. Once at home, I added a bit of ear, some hair top right, a bit of purple to the glasses and a bit more green to the shirt. I would like to 'fix' parts of the face however, without the model, I dare not! I'm happy with the freshness of it.
Here's another -
Again, the first is after 25 minutes of studio painting with the model. At home, I got rid of the blue blob on the top left of her head! Then I barely touched up the eye, which I never did get right since her hair was covering parts of it, but painting her hair was a blast! : ) Finally, I softened her shirt at the neck. Again, I'd like to do more, but not without the model.
I'm very happy with the resemblance of this one! Although I think I made the mistake of painting it in 'pieces'.
Finally, with this last one, I let myself experiment with the shadow side. Lots of purples and blues. I think a male portrait can take a lot more dark shadow whereas a female portrait needs a lighter touch.
click here to buy Another sketch from the Toronto Music Garden is now painted. I tried to keep it loose and fresh... and "splattery"! $60 (USD)- 5x7"painting with 8x10"mat. Ready to pop into a frame!! close ups -