Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Last home portrait finished

Watercolor on 140# Arches hot press watercolor paper using a combination of Sennelier and Holbein watercolors because each brand seems to have strengths in different areas. I also have to admit, I had to resort to using a white colored pencil for a dab of highlights that I just could not manage with even my smallest brushes so technically this is a mixed media piece.  

I was watching a demo on watercolor this afternoon and it occurred to me I should probably point out in order to get this kind of detail in any given piece I rely heavily on the dry brush technique.  What that means is I typically remove excess water so I'm applying pigment much like I would with colored pencil - only it's faster and covers the paper more completely.  It took me forever to figure it out because it's not commonly taught anywhere versus the wet applications. 

I'm now caught up on my backlog of home portrait commissions but there's no rest for the weary.  Moving on to my next project. Stay tuned.  

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