My plan today was to do some research and watch a video on painting watercolour portraits before I tackled this, but it didn’t happen… somehow I found myself sitting in the kitchen with paintbrush in hand, playing with colours on a scrap of paper, and minutes later I was lost in the shapes of her face applying paint to her chin and neck.
One thing I did read before starting was the importance of using thin glazes, with lots of patience, and building them up slowly. This might be the only thing that’s saved me today and while it may not be loose and confident, it’s a great start – to me it looks like she’s been painted with coloured pencil, it’s a bit too delicate, but that’s probably better than the alternative!
It’s very addictive, although waiting for each layer to dry is a bit frustrating – perhaps I need to set my hair drier up for speed – and I think I need to invest in some better skin tone colours if I want to develop. These are mixed from rose madder, ultramarine, burnt umber and gold ochre and it was difficult to get good flesh tones… she looks quite tanned and the blue has granulated a bit which isn’t a good look for skin!