Sunday, December 28, 2008

Alexis



Today I wanted to experiment - not really sure what I am doing when it comes to watercolour. I know the background isn't quite the way I want it but will wait until it has completly dried before I decide if i will continue deepening the background. I'd really like to have puddles of colour overlapping the hair but I am a little cowardly about throwing the paint around. Also wonder how much more I can push the tonal values in the face.

7 comments:

Billie Crain said...

Anita, this is adorable! i'm glad to see you dipping into the watercolors, too!

Jeanette said...

This is lovely Anita. Things always do seem to end up lighter and its a problem I acknowledge. I'm timid with deep colours, but its good to just splash them on and see what happens sometimes.

I think you have room for some more glazes on the face if you wanted them.

Robyn said...

What a wonderful surprise to see a watercolour from you, Anita. What gorgeous sparkling eyes! You don't look at all inexperienced! I think the painting would really pop if you go for a darker background. It was John Singer Sargent you made me realise what the darkest darks can do for watercolour. Of course, I don't always remember the lesson ;)

Anita said...

Billie - this was fun to do though I got more and more nervous as I went along - that "don't want to ruin it" thing!

Jeanette - I did wash the cheeks with some more cad red for a glow - surprising how little watercolour goes a very long way and makes a great difference!

Robin - I took your advice and deepened the background - it did make a huge difference to the piece. Ah those darks!

Ramana KV said...

Wow.. This is stunning.. Very cute..

Robyn said...

Ah, yes. It's a gem!

Anita said...

Ramana - thank you!

Robyn - :-)

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