Friday, October 09, 2009
I'm calling this portrait finished. At least I'm letting it sit on the easel for a few days and then see if there's anything else to add.
This started as a 12 x 16 watercolour which evolved into a mixed media piece. I created a value map on the face with ink and finally completed the hair with pastels. The three mediums seem to work well with each other in moderation. I want each to perform in its own right and not overshadow its partners.
Now I just need to do something similar again with this girl's brother. The pair are lively children and this loose style seems to suit their personalities. Its a far cry from a lot of the stuff I usually do and even I don't really know where it came from. Its one of those times where the painting tells you what to do and you just follow along and see where it leads you.