The Wayfarer (mnfaure) wrote,
The Wayfarer

Snippet Sunday

Many, many years ago, some family of J's asked us to paint their cat for them. We never did, and now their cat has passed away ( a couple of years ago).

I determined to make up for our lack by drawing the couple's grandkids for them.  I did a sketch with graphite and charcoal but decided it might not be a style that the grandparents like (too dark). I'll still send it to them anyhow because they might like it, or they can pass it along to the parents:


Since the grandparents have a lot of watercolors and miniatures hanging in their house, I opted for 5"X8" watercolor sketches instead.  I messed up M--the colors are way too cold* on her face and the resemblance isn't that great--so I'm re-sketching her again. No worries, says I; it's all practice and, therefore, all good:


I liked the way P turned out**, without the hard ink lines that I used on M, giving me yet another reason to redo her portrait:

paul - watercolor

Little by little, I'm getting the hang of watercolors. Little by little, I'm learning to stop trying to do too much. :P
* I made the mistake of starting the painting outdoors, mid-afternoon, and finishing it up late at night with halogen light. Totally threw off the colors.

** Taking a photo of it allowed me to see that he has a "hole" or a disappearing cheek, so the final painting has some color on the the right side, from his ear down over the shoulder to block in his face better. :P
Tags: art, snippet sunday

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