Cassandra

For this painting, because I wanted to do a really good job, I bought some Grumbacher paints – 12 x 7.5ml tubes for $60 (Canadian). I should have just restocked my Winsor and Newton because the new paints proved to be very grainy, hard to mix and when trying to layer the paints, they just washed away. It was annoying to work with. I still have a lot to learn.  This painting is going to travel to Spain and that’s exciting.

Cassandra

Cassandra 9″ x 12″ Watercolor

Morgan

This painting gave me trouble. The light is coming slightly from the back and to the side, so the face is supposed to be mostly in shadow, but I chickened out and didn’t do the shadow part as dark as it should have been. There are quite a few layers of paint on the face as I tried to darken it step by step, but I finally had to stop myself before I made it too much of a mess. With watercolor, if I don’t get it right in the first step, I find it hard to fix without making it look muddy.

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Morgan 9″ x 12″ Watercolor

 

Jayden

Learning Korean I made a lot of Korean friends. This little guy is the cutest one.
I took pictures of my work in progress… I don’t always work in the same order.

Jayden

Jayden 9″ x 12″ Watercolor

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Ilona

I think I made her smirk bigger than it is in real life, but what I really wanted to try painting was her jacket and the fake fur lining. I also loved her red hair, but I didn’t want to go into too much detail with it. She has very fine baby hair, so I wanted to barely render it.

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Ilona 9″ x 12″ Watercolor

 

Jacob

This is the man in my life, the kind and loving man that I am very lucky to have met. I picked to paint this because I wanted to play with the light coming from behind. I usually like painting when the light comes from a side because the features are outlined better and are easier to see. In this case his whole face was in the shadow and I liked the challenge.

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Jacob 9″ x 12″ Watercolor

Kickstarter Project

I would like to buy some higher quality watercolor supplies and I would like to pay for them by giving some art away, so I started a Kickstarter Project.

Kickstarter Link

I will be making custom watercolor portraits. Your support will help me buy supplies and offer the encouragement needed to keep going.

 

Baby Darth Vader

We have a Darth Vader Halloween mask around the house. My baby loves to wear it and roar. It’s really funny and cute (to his parents only probably). I decided to paint it for a humorous painting and to add a fun Star Wars themed background too. I hope it makes you chuckle, if not ask “what in the world is that?”

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Baby Darth Vader 11″ x 15″ Watercolor

A Cup of Milk

I painted with watercolor on canvas again. It’s still frustrating, yet I want to try again. I think I can do better. It’s annoying because while the paint does get absorbed, it lacks the flow of watercolors. The paints move like acrylics, but are transparent.

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A Cup of Milk 11″ x 14″ Watercolor

Kalaia

Kalaia is a lot of fun; she’s goofy and cute and adorable. I really wanted to capture that, but it didn’t quite come through in my painting.

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Kalaia 9″ x 12″ Watercolor

Peek-a-boo

I experimented with watercolor on canvas. I treated the canvas with absorbent ground and thought I would be able to paint on it like on paper, but the experience is quite different. I am not sure how I feel about it. When I first started this painting it felt really wrong, but then I got used to it.

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Peek-a-boo 11″ x 14″ Watercolor