Experimental Portrait Painted in Watercolor
I’ve been playing with long and skinny Watercolor portrait warm-ups in the studio. Have you ever challenged your watercolor portrait painting with oddly shaped papers?
I’m using these long, narrow portraits as a warm up and a respite from a full sheet architectural urban scene that measures 31 x 25 inches. That’s huge for me. In between work on the larger painting, these little guys are my comfort food.
Painting Watercolor Portraits with a Loose Hand
I tore watercolor paper down to fit a pile of frames, and that left me with a stack of hot press watercolor paper in an odd format. I got the wild-hair-idea to paint a series of loose, no-fuss, off-center watercolor portraits on each sheet with minimal “noodling”.
It was a fun project. And maybe another series like this for still life would be fun. Perhaps even a landscape series too? What do you think?
Other Experiments in the Art Studio
Today, I’ll be experimenting with surface treatments (clear gesso under the watercolor).
I’ve painted washy watercolors on white gesso over paper before, but never on clear gesso, so I’m very interested to see how it feels and looks.
I’m throwing caution to the wind, and jumping in with my shoes on.
Best case scenario: textures and pigments and brush marks will be visible and interesting.
Worst case: it’ll be a mess and I’ll start over. 🙂
What new experiments have you tested in your studio this season?
Thanks for your visit, and I’ll see you in the next post!
You have made tremendous strides in art. Your drawing is strong, your colors are true. You have rid yourself of that limp Flandrinian-Lamothian line work of that gray, leaden color. There is no need to keep tormenting yourself, my dear Edgar; you have set an excellent course. Set your mind at rest, and through calm but steady and unabated work persevere along this path you have chosen. It is yours and nobody else’s. Work in peace, I tell you, stay on track, and rest assured that you will succeed in achieving great things. You have a bright future ahead of you; don’t lose heart, don’t worry yourself so.~Written to Edgar Degas – from his father Auguste De Gas in the summer of 1858