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:

Utah - Full

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.

Utah - bust

The watercolor from three weeks ago is much stronger all-around:

Shelley - for blog

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.

This entry was published on January 21, 2013 at 12:10 am. It’s filed under Bold Color, Figures, Portraits, Watercolors and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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