Friday, May 25, 2012

Value Study

I am submitting this
value study.

 My instructor called it a
 whimsical type portrait.
One of these days I will learn to do
real portraits.
Learning where to put the darks,
and the lights...and
to give contour to the scarf etc.

Then for the background
I just added lots of color,
watched as the paper buckled up
(that's what cheap paper does btw)
 laid it flat and let it dry.
Doing this created lots of blooms,
but I like the texture of it.
I've learned that blooms are okay in watercolor.
It's not such a taboo thing anymore.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Savor the Day!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great job on the scarf in particular!

Denise Mulligan said...

Fantastic job you did! I think it is lovely so don't be put off by the instructors comment on it being whimsical. I think you captured a beautiful essence in the girls face. Love all the color and feel of the scarf.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a wonderful instructor...full of fun and color. Have a wonderful weekend! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

She is beautiful and the colors are wonderful. Her head scarf is amazing. Happy PPF

Susan said...

Love the backbround (and the blooms). It sets the stage for your lovely lady. Nice work.

Netty said...

Beautiful watercolour portrait and especially love the colours you've used. Happy PPF, Annette x

kimmie said...

personally I prefer the imperfect and almost folk art style as opposed to the perfectly shaded and featured - I think you've captured a serenity and peace in her face that goes beyond shading. Lovely work - and I love the bright colors.

minnemie said...

Her scarf is fantastic! And the blooms are wonderful -adds great interest and texture.

Tammie Lee said...

such wonderful colors, a lovely piece

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

haiku for you ~

trust self in art work
lovely portrait is done now
divine expression .

Mary C. Nasser said...

Gorgeous colors and light in this portrait!
Enjoy your weekend.
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Mary C. Nasser said...

I am your newest blog follower, too!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Mandy said...


Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I don't mind a bit of a bloom in my backgrounds either and I love all the colour in the scarf... this is lovely and bright and has a great feel to it...xx

Giggles said...

Love whimsy and I love color... You have a beautiful piece there!!

Hugs giggles

Anne said...

Lovely, beautiful colors! "Whimsical" is good!

Ritu Dua said...

The vibrant colors make your piece of art speak a thousand is lovely!

Theresa said...

Portraits are hard! This one isn't an easy pose...think you succeeded wonderfully and love the colorful scarf!

kristin maynes said...

She's beautiful! I didn't notice the paper buckling. It's very pretty. I've been using 'cheap' watercolor paper until I decided, just the other day, to invest in Arches paper. Can't wait to get my hands on it. :) Which paper do you prefer? Happy PPF!

Ayala Art said...

Very pretty and colorful, thanks for sharing!