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Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Few More Watercolor Sketches










I have a few large paintings in the works, all at different stages, but none I can actually start painting yet. In the meantime, I wanted to try out a few techniques I saw from the Charles Reid book I just read. One thing that is very different from most watercolor painters is that Reid starts with his dark areas on the face first, then moves on to the lighter. Definitely makes for a better shadow area, but you better know what comes next quickly, before the edges dry. Not my strong suit. As you can see with the painting of my son, a little struggle here, a little fussing there and it's easy to kill a painting. Back to work!
By the way, I added this nifty new "followers" gadget to the right. (I feel so techie-geeky right now.) I think it's so much easier to check in with my favorite blogs by just clicking on their photo. So, if you would like to add yourself as a follower, I will in turn follow yours.

20 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

OMG! This technique would be so hard for someone like me! I think you did a wonderful job on your sketches!
I'm now following you!! I've had it on my blog for a little while!

redchair said...

Each one a beautiful composition. I especially love your little guy and the baseball player.

You are the mistress of faces, Peggi. I learn from you everytime I come to your blog.
Vikki

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks Manon. I already have you in my faves but it will be easier to check to your blog in this way. The photo is like a little reminder!

Vikki,
Mistress of Faces! I like it, sounds intimidating. I'll have to let my husband know :-)

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Oh that little girl piece is precious!!

Sara Moriarty-delaFuente said...

I love the painting of the little girl. You captured quite an expression there. My daughter makes this face often. It must be a girl thing. Beautiful job.

BTW, I say you should also encourage folks to register to receive your emails. It's a great way to stay up on what you are doing and a nice treat in my inbox. Thanks!

Theresa Rankin said...

Peggi!! These are fabulous...each and everyone is stunning! Fabulous color and brushwork!

Jeanette said...

Gorgeous sketches and paintings. I love faces too and will be back here often.

Peggi Habets said...

Robin, Sara & Theresa,
Thanks guys.

Jeanette,
Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself. I checked out your group blog Watermarks, very nice stuff happening there.

redchair said...

And by the way= how's the foot?
Vikki

Peggi Habets said...

Oh, the foot is coming along-- thanks so much for asking, Vikki. It's so amazing to watch the body heal right before your eyes. Still wearing my fashionable open-toed boot for another week but I can't complain.

Deborah Ross said...

I'm going to second Theresa. I think they all look great!

willow said...

Your watercolor portraits are rich and gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Portraiture I haven't tried yet, but yours are great - i like your use of strong color.
Hope your foot will heal soon!
cheers, jeannette

Sharon Wright said...

Fabulous portraits, watercolour too, I am so impressed. Thank you for your visit and lovely comments, it means I have discovered you.....a real treat, thank you.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So glad I clicked on your name in Rhonda's blog as I simply adore your strong coloured watercolours executed with joie de vive. Made my way down through other posts and had a great time . Your child watercolour portrait lesson so helpful. Added you to my favourites, cos I must see the new works you will be creating. Sorry about the foot, ankle or whatever it was that needed strapping.

maria said...

Peggi, gorgeous sketches! So fresh and spontaneous looking. Something I have been trying to achieve with my sketches and has been hit or miss. Looking forward to all your new work.

Karine said...

If the painting of your son is a "killed" painting, then I am missing it!!! Maybe not as strong as the other two, but certainly it is not "killed"! Great work! I will follow you!

José said...

Hi,

I really like the tilted perspective of the little girl's head and the hues that you've used.
The perspective on the third painting is very well thought and executed.
The overall work on the values is in my opinion in the right amount.

Best regards,

José

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Wonderful watercolor portraits. I am a big fan of Charles Reid and love his style of painting.

Keep up your beautiful work.

Costescu said...

beautifully done Peggi! I love the rich dark backgrounds and how the figures blend so seamlessly into them setting of the highlights so (seamingly, hah) effortlessly!