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Portrait : Reflecting in Watercolor

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Thanks to encouragement from Carol in my previous post, I worked the previous portrait in watercolors. This is only my third portrait in watercolor so I cannot really say how I fare in this one. But, this one is definitely an improvement from my previous efforts. I am glad I did this portrait since I feel that each painting is a learning experience.

9 by 12 inches on 140-lb Canson Watercolor paper
Reference Photo by Dee Toms
Portrait # 19

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December 26, 2008 at 2:15 am

Portrait : Dee

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I did a pencil drawing for the year end challenge offered by the artist Karin Jurick in her blog. I want to do this portrait in watercolor but since my skill doing watercolor portraits are not that good I am unwilling to risk doing  it. Hope she will like this. I loved drawing her hair though it was intimidating at first but I got through it. That was one big relief.

Contact me at if you are the artist in the portrait. Look forward to meeting you so that I can put an appropriate title for the picture ! I am thinking “Reflecting”.What say? 😀

9×12 inches
Canson medium-weight drawing paper
Reference photo by Dee Toms
Portrait # 18

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December 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Waterlily Update

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Remember the waterlily that I gave away as a raffle for an online fundraising event? The winner shared with me the painting that now hang in her home :

I am quite happy to know she enjoys having my painting at her home…It looks so good all framed up. I miss it … it is one of my favorite paintings.

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December 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm

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I did this painting in a size larger than the format I usually do. The painting is bigger than what my scanner can accomodate; so I have inserted a temporary image of the painting here until I can get a digital image of the painting in full. This painting is done in response to Karin’s challenge in her blog “Different Strokes from Different Folks”. Though the reference photo was simple, it was challenging for me. The painting was monochromatic for the most part. I found myself using only a limited palette of  burnt sienna, burnt umber, ultramrine blue and olive green. It took longer than my usual two-three days to finish it. Anyways I am glad I did this.

11 by 15 inches in 140-lbs Canson watercolor paper
December 2008
Reference Photo by Karin Jurick

P.S : I have updated the image of the painting in full. I am glad to inform you that my painting has been accepted in Karin’s Week 14-15 Challenge .

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December 16, 2008 at 4:32 am

Posted in still life, watercolors

Portrait : In Watercolor

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This is my second portrait in watercolor so it is mostly a learning experience. For the most part, I learned how not to paint a portrait. I am unsure how well I fared with this one. I feel that my attempt in painting this portrait is okay and I have a lot of room for improvement. I need more practise in portrait painting … that is for sure. I fiddled around this one for two – three days. Starting trouble was another matter; I had to work up the courage to paint. Also, the painting was quiet challenging because I had to figure out how to proceed at every stage of the painting. I did a lot of glazing with layers upon layers of painting. I would love to do one-stroke painting but I think glazing is the best way to get a realistic portrait.

Portrait # 17

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December 8, 2008 at 7:39 pm