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A watercolor portrait painting tutorial, layering technique : I wish it would snow Flowers

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I was very happy to learn that my watercolor and mixed media painting : I wish it would snow Flowers was selected for the #13 of the Splash series, Splash 13 : Alternative Approaches

A watercolor portrait painting tutorial, layering technique

I wish it would snow Flowers
Watercolor and mixed media on paper
15 x 22 inches

 

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I found some pictures that show some of the process I used to paint this watercolor.

painting pictures

This is the picture I used as a reference, I modified in on paint shop pro to remove the background. I would love to work from life but unfortunately it is difficult to find that kind of time with children :-)

A watercolor painting tutorial, layering technique : I wish it would snow Flowers

drawing on watercolor paper

This is my drawing, the paper is Arches cold process. I am using some liquid frisket to reserve the white in some part of the hat and the tiny highlight in the eyes.

watercolor portrait painting lesson: layering colors

This is my first layers of yellow, mainly with Yellow ocher for painting the face.

learn how to paint watercolor portraits, layering colors

On the background I used Cadmium Yellow.

watercolor tutorial, layering colors to paint portraits

Here I start to add the red, I use black and white pictures of split colors channel to do so, see post here for details (http://paintingdemos.com/2010/06/03/using-software-to-help-with-layering-colors-in-watercolors/)

watercolor portrait painting demos: painting colors separately

Here I start adding some blue, I am careful to have a “light hand” with blue as it can quickly overpower the other colors.

painting with gouache on top of watercolor

Adding other colors to adjust. I mixed some gouache with blue watercolor on the background. I try to show some texture on purpose on the background as well. I also leave some backruns on purpose in some dark areas of the hat.

 simple watercolor paintings, paint portraits by separating colors

Here is a closeup of the face.

painting with watercolor pencils dipped in water.

I work on the background with watercolor pencils dipped in water.

A watercolor portrait painting tutorial, layering technique

The finished painting.

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You can also watch a quick recapitulation on this video:

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{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Joan A Hamilton April 18, 2011, 4:44 am

    Beautiful painting and fascinating to see your process! Love to see more!

    • Sandrine Pelissier April 18, 2011, 7:48 am

      Thanks Joan for reading my blog and commenting :-)
      You can find more demonstrations in the archives, and I am working on new ones.

  • lindahalcombfineart April 6, 2011, 5:05 am

    Sandrine, this beautiful! Thank you for sharing your process. I learn so much from artists like you and Leslie. Well done!

  • lesliepaints April 5, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Congratulations, Sandrine. The expression on this little girl’sface is a fantastic capture. It deserves a page of “Splash”. :)

    • Sandrine Pelissier April 7, 2011, 7:29 am

      Thanks Leslie, when I started painting watercolor splash was a book I was looking at with admiration, so I am very flattered to be selected !

  • Holly Herick Design April 5, 2011, 9:15 am

    I love watching your process. Keep it coming, you are fabulous.

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