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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New watercolor painting(s): Morning Stroll



Two paintings of the same guy. What's up with that? As it turns out, I needed to do a painting demo during a watercolor workshop. I had the top one started but it was too far along to use for the demo. So I drew up another one to use for the workshop. They were both off to a good start, so I just ended up painting on both of them simultaneously.

These are the first in a series of "Chinatown" portraits. Right now I have three series of paintings going: Telling Stories, a series on the elderly, Chinatown, a series of the residents of San Francisco's Chinatown and Women Revealed, a series for an upcoming show on the female form. They seem to be different in context but they tend to overlap, with the elderly being the common thread.











Top: Morning Stroll, 24 x 18", watercolor.
Bottom: Morning Stroll 1, watercolor, 20 x 17", watercolor

11 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

Love them both, Peggi. but, being a detail person, I slightly favor the top image. If I don't get another opportunity, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

hbedrosian said...

These are both gorgeous, Peggi! Great contrast and color, and I love his expression.

Linda Popple said...

Absolutely beautiful! Great job in capturing character and facial features. Looking forward to seeing more!

Machelle Blankenship said...

Wonderful character....just love your work.
machelle

Sadami said...

Dear Peggi,
Very interesting to look at both: similarities and differences. Especially, handling backgrounds is fascinating. Thank you for sharing such precious works and I can learn lots from you.
Kind regards, Sadami

SKIZO said...

Excellente
Work
Tank you for sharing

maria kovalenko leysens said...

Nice job again! They are both wonderful, but I like the bottom cropping, that is if I had to choose. Can't wait to see more from this series.

sam said...

Stunning Peggi, such character. The way youve handled the light on the face is amazing.

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks so much guys!

Stilin Studio said...

OMG - I love these!!! Absolutely outstanding portraits! So glad I found you while doing a google search on "watercolor painting backgrounds"....to finish up my first human portrait attempt. You are my newest inspiration - I LOVE your work!!! btw, I'd love to know - do you paint the background FIRST (masking hair, whiskers & details),or after you've finished the portrait? Thank you!

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks so much, Stilin Studio. I sometimes do background first, other times I wait. It all depends on where the lightest lights are. I usually paint lightest to darkest, sometimes back and forth between the two. Good luck with your portraits!!!