Monday, June 15, 2009

Watercolor of Mission San Luis Rey

This painting is of San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, California. I painted it several years ago. It is a beautiful, popular spot for weddings.

I took an unexpected break from posting last week. And I have been doing a different kind of painting...our living room walls! My husband and I have been peeling off old wallpaper, sanding, spackling, and re-painting. We have both been working so hard that things around our house were getting neglected!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Portrait of a Daughter-A Little Work From Head to Toe

My favorite part of any portrait is the actual face. I like to start with it as soon as possible to establish the values (lights and darks) of the whole painting. After I establish the face, I move on to the torso, hands, and feet. But I don’t make it as dark as I intend, yet! I do a little background, a little sky, a little of the tree…and I’ll keep going back over the whole painting with layer after layer of color until I think it’s just right! At this stage of the painting everything looks a bit "chalky".

I have a lot of work to do on the hair to make it look “real”. And I’ll be better able to see how much more to add to the subject herself when I have more of the tree painted in.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Portrait of a Daughter-More Background Characters!

Continuing on with my watercolor portrait painting, I am adding more background characters. I am painting them very light and pale because I want attention to be on the subject herself instead of the dreamlike background characters.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Portrait of a Daughter-Beginning the Background Characters

This watercolor portrait painting I’m working on will be 22½” x 30”. And it has several little cartoon characters in the background measuring only and inch or two in size. I’m showing you just the beginning stages of five little characters here with the actual pencil drawing on the watercolor paper beside it. I keep a detailed picture of each character nearby, like a video cover or book, for reference as I paint.

In reality these are actually so small that they appear a little blurry because I tried to enlarge them for this post.

Watch how I develop them as the painting process moves along.

A word about copying copyrighted characters: Most of the characters were created by Walt Disney or other artists. I cannot paint these characters and sell them. But I can use them in a portrait background for the purpose of the portrait subject as props to show her personality.