I started drawing this girl with her hair and then her face and out of my imagination, I saw an Indian girl appearing. I accentuated her looks by painting a red dot on her forehead and used dark skin tones for her face. I left the garment flowing as it could be interpreted as a silk gown. I decided on an Indian inspired patterned background.
I went along this week to an open painting afternoon with other artists where you bring your own art material and paint what you want . I realized once there I had forgotten in my stash to bring some pencils and I wanted to paint that girl from a reference photo.Well I thought instead of asking for a pencil I would challenge myself to draw with the paint. It was a liberating experience as I realized you can easily erase your line if you keep your paint very watery and faint. The other advantage is a gain of time! I managed to do the whole painting in one session!
I did the portrait of this beautiful African woman wearing a blue dress using gouache and acrylic. I painted the pattern of the dress in a more subtil manner to keep the focus on the gentil and attractive face.
A doll is the subject of my mixed media painting today. I love her fancy hair and attitude. I painted my own version of a doll using paper collage to dress her up. Gesso added texture to the background.I kept a limited palette to unify all the different elements.
I used lots of different techniques to achieve the bubble bath effect.
The baby was painted with gouache and the rest was made with different paints and gesso, plus the bathroom wall was done with washi tape and acrylic. I loved the fact that the chubby baby had only one tooth. I worked with 5 photo references and created a new scene. Super playful !
I will be exhibiting several watercolour and mixed media paintings with a group of other artists .You are invited to the private viewing on Friday 25th January at 11 am.
Looking forward to seeing you there !
Portrait of a Spanish woman done with mixed media on watercolour paper. I used pattern and shapes for the background to add interest and unity.