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Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Waiting", new watercolor portrait



Mike was the model at the last Portrait Society conference. I think his "ordinariness" is what made him so interesting to me. That, and his fiery, red hair.









I started out with several, small sketches.


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Usually I do a full-sized value sketch on drawing paper, then transfer it onto the paper. This time I decided to draw right onto the w/c paper using an HB pencil. I found the 300# paper can takes a good bit of erasing, as long as you use a kneaded.









































This is the final portrait, called "Waiting", 21" x 13" unframed.

9 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

You're so talented Peggi! You really captured him well! I need an ounce of your talent girlfriend!!

sam said...

Wow Peggi! Likeness is excellent, your colours are so rich and vibrant.

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks Manon. BTW, I think you got enough of your own talent!

Thanks so much, Sam. I used several Quinacridone colors (red and gold). They tend to have that vibrancy you mentioned.

Elaine Frenett said...

Ohhhhhhh, I love the personality you've so accurately captured. I notice how you chose to eliminate the delicate curves and filgrees of that metal backdrop and "mushed it" (a great technical term!) into rustic softness. I TOO love Quinacridone Gold! Which Quin Red did you use? Keep painting, Oh Captivating Portrait Artist that you are!

Karine said...

Cool. I think I also love the hat.

willow said...

You are amazing. Move over, Nelson Shanks!

Peggi Habets said...

Aww, thanks Elaine. That Quin Red is Daler and Rowney brand. I also like the Quin Magenta by them.

Thanks so much Karine!

Willow,
Nice compliment...but somehow I don't see Nelson playing second fiddle to me!

Peggi Habets said...

Aww, thanks Elaine. That Quin Red is Daler and Rowney brand. I also like the Quin Magenta by them.

Thanks so much Karine!

Willow,
Nice compliment...but somehow I don't see Nelson playing second fiddle to me!

Sharon Wright said...

Wow, did I have some catching up to do! Your watercolour portraits are just so amazing! I especially enjoyed the 'when paintings go bad' post. To see you work through it and then completely change your mind...and THEN finish with such a superb portrait. Fantastic!