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A Young Lady

May 25th, 2006

As I continue to work with watercolor in my year-long commitment to paint, I occasionally challenge myself to try a portrait, which is considerably more nerve-wracking than drawing plants or even some animals. A branch or twig can be in the wrong place and no one would notice. Put the nose in the wrong place and you might as well start over. Some day soon I’ll try a watercolor portrait from life, after I’ve practiced a bit with photos. This young lady’s photo was offered up for experimentation on wet canvas, and I enjoyed the time I spent with her.
I didn’t take the time to paint the background this time, as my objective was really to experiment with flesh tones and to try to get somewhat of a likeness.

11 Comments »

  1. Can’t speak about a likeness but you certainly have a lovely portrait – she simply glows

    Comment by endment — May 26, 2006 @ 5:59 am
  2. Wow Karen! You’ve really captured it … the eyes are fabulous!

    Comment by Hashi — May 26, 2006 @ 6:45 am
  3. Fantastic Karen! It looks wonderful!

    Comment by TeriC — May 26, 2006 @ 1:52 pm
  4. I admire your tenacity to paint every day.
    Karen you are better than what you think.

    Comment by Toni — May 26, 2006 @ 6:40 pm
  5. Wow, that looks great to me. You have done a great job committing to the whole process. I am very impressed. :-)

    Comment by Rissa — May 26, 2006 @ 7:08 pm
  6. Everything is in its place, you have nothing to be afraid of. Real watercolors on real paper have a quality that digital wc can’t mimic. Beautiful.

    Comment by Roberto Bobrow — May 26, 2006 @ 8:09 pm
  7. I think I might recognize those dimples but am not sure… Great portrait!!!

    Comment by Tami — May 27, 2006 @ 6:52 am
  8. You have done a phenomenal job rendering her face!

    Comment by ARVINDH — May 28, 2006 @ 12:52 pm
  9. What a beautiful girl and what a great job you did. I liked the photo and sketch above Angeles Crest at the inn where you went to hear a musician, too. Oh–forgot to comment earlier, Annie Dillard’s Tinker is a wondrous book.

    Comment by Fran aka Redondowriter — May 29, 2006 @ 5:23 pm
  10. Likeness is hard to get…but you’ve done a fine job on this. I’m working on likenesses myself and find I simply have to practice.
    Keep it up Karen…you’ve got a future in commission work there. :-)

    Comment by Don West — May 31, 2006 @ 7:14 pm
  11. Both are great portraits Karen!!

    Comment by Anastasia — June 3, 2006 @ 3:13 am

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