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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Watercolor--Girlfriends

Something I've found helpful for my workshop students is to show them the steps that go into a painting before I ever pick up a brush. Most are surprised at the amount of preparation I do for larger paintings. 

The Story
I encountered a group of women sitting together in Charleston, SC, chatting and laughing together as they were waiting (for what, I don't know). I envisioned them as old friends who have shared countless stories of family life, man troubles, work struggles and now, as they age, health issues. I wanted to capture that comfortable, easy relationship that women have with their longtime friends.



The original image was very busy and needed changes to make a cohesive design.

 I started with a black and white value sketch to find a composition that will tie the figures together.


  
 

I picked my palette of color.      


 

  

 I painted a small (4x6) study based on the value sketch.                              




I painted a larger study and worked out more details, background, color and values. If the painting works at this half size, it should work at the larger size.



The finished painting!

"Girlfriends"
19 x 25"
watercolor


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