Sunday, January 02, 2011
Study of Sarah in sunshine
I've had some images that I took back in August from a model who came out to the farm to pose for me. Its only now that I'm starting to work with them and decide just where they're going and what I'm doing with them. Sarah had lovely titian hair and it glowed in the sun. That combined with her pale Celtic colouring made it a perfect candidate for a little watercolour portrait practice today.
This is done on 140lb paper 5.5 x 8.5 inches. I wanted to leave it loose and ensuer each layer of colour stayed translucent. I'm not happy with the mouth. I kept reworking it and it just won't do what I want it to do. But for a study, it lets me see the colour range I can use in a main portrait. Although the reference image doesn't have dramatic lights, I want to also intensify the contrast between light and shade to give a strong illusion of bright sun, as well as darkening the hair.
I just love how studies can be so useful!