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Nancy From Life

by Shirley Roma Charlton
(Brisbane Australia)

Nancy from Life. Life is your best Tutor.

Nancy from Life. Life is your best Tutor.

1. I checked the model's veins. Nancy being a dark person has dark blue veins so this is the colour I paint under the skin in the cooler area;s like, eye socket,under the nose, under the chin under the neck. Then on purpose I will paint complimentary colours next to the cooler area's like orange in the cheek bone and red on the tip of the nose. The warmer area's are where the veins are close to the surface of the skin.
2. Only when the complimentary washes are dry do I paint the skin colour on top and with a darker model I was able to use Ultramarine blue and burnt sienna allowing the colors to mix on the paper helping to create a fresh look. As it is very easy for portraits to be over worked.
3. I always paint a cast shadow over the white of the eye and the eyeball this is a lid shadow this stops the eyes from looking scared and stare like. The is a lot more to Portraits in watercolours like Cool and Warm colours depending where the light is coming from. ( relected light that Mary-Ann has mentioned, and when to paint wet and when to have smooth edges. Even painting a wash under the hair so it does not look stuck on. So much to learn but remember NATURE LIFE is your best art Tutor. AND thanks Mary-Ann you are so good at the way you help and comment on everyones work.

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