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Big Sister by Bernice

by Bernice

I painted these precious babies a few years ago from a photo. The painting was done on 140lb watercolor paper. Sometimes I have problems with darker complexions...I am open for suggestions!

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Aug 09, 2009
once again
by: Barb

Bernice, once again you've captured the childrens faces so very well. Once you take Mary Ann's suggestions, you will certainly have outstanding paintings. Don't be afraid-go for it! I am embracing fearful things as they come instead of running from them-and the majic of success appears. You can too. Keep on painting.

Aug 08, 2009
Big Sister
by: Anonymous

Mary Ann, thanks again for your suggestions! I do
value your opinion...I had a chance to view your
wonderful painting (Sparrow Village) a few day ago.The painings of the sweet little ones are beautiful!I also read the article: Thank you for the work that you are doing...God bless you.

Aug 08, 2009
Big Sister
by: Mary Ann

One more thing. Take a look at the children I painted when I worked in an AIDS hospice in South Africa called Sparrow Village. http://www.maboysen.com/Sparrow.htm

Aug 08, 2009
Big Sister
by: Mary Ann

Bernice, People of color have many rich colors in their skin tones. Try using purples (mix them yourself with Cobalt Blue Hue (tint) by Holbein and Opera or Rose Madder). Also the shine of their complexion will reflect the color of the sky, so their foreheads may have a bluish tint. Green is another color to drop into the wash. Pre-wet their faces with water and begin to drop in colors so that they will blend. You might need to let the shine of the dampness disappear a bit so that you have more control. Also have these pigments on your palette, wet and juicy, and ready to use. You do not have time to dig each of them out with your brush to make them wet while you are working. Think ahead. Good luck.

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