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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Self-Portrait #3



Please don't groan...I had to post this one because I think it's so much better than the last two. I am learning from one to the other. I used regular watercolor brushes for this instead of my waterbrush, so I was able to get more texture in my hair. I also pulled out a book I had on painting watercolor portraits and too notes. There was a lot of helpful information.

8 comments:

Desiree said...

wow, looking good, its such a challenge and I think its doubley hard to do self portraits! This looks great.

Lin said...

No groan, hon -- sheer delight!! It's looking so good!!! I love the complexion and hair and eyes especially .. I think you're done magnificently!!

Robyn said...

I've never had to courage to paint a self-portrait. I did a couple of sketches a couple of years ago and made myself look decades younger than I actually am. It really made me laugh because I had no idea that was what I was doing as I was sketching.

I think this self portrait is great. Lovely balance in the features and the skin and hair is very good. It's a great project.

Joan said...

Desiree - I'm getting tired of seeing my own face. Thanks!

Lin - You are so sweet! I was really happy with the way this came out. Maybe I should stop while I'm ahead.

Robyn - Self-portraits are a challenge to do. I think we see ourselves differently than when we paint/sketch other people. I've done a lot of sketches for the portrait thread and I always have a hard time making the sps look old enough. Thanks for your kind comments.

Jo Castillo said...

This is good Joan! Very nice. Love the strokes. I just can't imagine a portrait in wc. Well, I don't do either portraits or wc. I can appreciate them and you have made great improvement in yours. Yippee!

Ron Morrison said...

Good exercise, Joan, I always admire your fearless approach...

Joan said...

Jo - Thanks. It's fun to do them for a while, but I prefer landscapes as you know.

Ron - It is good practice, although frustrating at times. Thank you.

"JeanneG" said...

Oh I really like this one. I can see the improvement. You are getting comfortable with your face.