These days I am feeling like painting a few watercolor portraits again, so this one is from a picture of my oldest daughter, Louise.I used watercolor, gouache, a bit of liquid acrylic, and watercolor crayons, on Arches paper hot press 140 lb. You can read the details with the step by step pictures below or you can watch the time lapse video to see
Watercolor and mixed media painting: Multi Colored Days
Here is my drawing on the stretched paper with my reference picture.
I start with a layer of Da Vinci Yellow Ocher.
When working with layers, I always try to paint the background at the same time so it is well integrated in the finished painting even though at that time I am not sure what will go exactly on the background.
Now working with 2 shades of red, one more orange and one more pink, looking at my reference picture to see which one should go where.
I also paint the background with a layer of red,and start to introduce some blue. I have my painting at a 30 degree angle that makes painting washes easier.
Still adding more colors now, oranges and browns.
I lift up some paint in areas I want lighter with a stiff brush and lots of water.
I paint the background with a mix of gouache, liquid acrylic and watercolor.
I did accentuate some areas with watercolor crayons. Time for splashing, with water, and water mixed with watercolors. I remove unwanted stains with a tissue paper.