The Friday night portrait sessions that I attend most weeks have been a little less productive the past couple of weeks.
I have a good excuse for the last one: I was the model. It’s hard to paint when holding perfectly still.
Things were frustration the week before that. Two pictures resulted from the sitting, but neither of them felt like a clear victory. The model for the evening was a lovely expecting mother with strong features and a rich skin tone. Unfortunately, the first paint-drawing is held back by the off-balance positioning of the subject on the page:
The second try of that night is well-positioned. The brushwork is lively and varied. The piece suffers, however from a bit of overworking and a washed-out look caused by too little pigment and too much water when brushing on the paint.
The watercolor from three weeks ago is much stronger all-around:
The colors and values are vibrant and varied. The drawing and composition is solid. There’s a hint of overworking, but nothing too egregious. Features that are especially pleasing are the lips, the eyes (at least the nearer one – the other is a bit too high up) and the swoops of pony-tail on the shoulder.
So that’s it for now. Next week I’m out of the model chair and back to the easel. We’ll see what happens.