Finally into the fun colorful part. My backgrounds are important to me, showing me the lighting origin and allowing me to see if I have my image drawn correctly by outline. My technique is applying light washes in layers. Usually looking for the darkest areas to lay in bright colors. Laying the shadows in shows me the shapes.
photo inspiration for portrait
Here is the photograph reference for the precious little girl watercolor. Her face is holding a great expression. I am hoping to capture it with a lot of color.
30″w x 23″h watercolor on WC paper. Watercolor portrait of the miracle of a newborn with Mama.
Continue adding tones for baby and her blanket. Mama’s arm and skirt along with the chair browns. Almost always going with light washes followed by layers to follow darkening and adding color depth. With just these washes in place the colors and shapes begin to tell their story and the layout begins to speak to me. It is time to remove the mastik so we can see where we stand.
Mama holding her baby I begin by using resist or mastik to withhold the white areas. I like being able to paint in a more relaxed way putting pools of color up to where the white area edge is. When you look at the image below the yellow is this resist saving my whites.Now I begin putting skin and hair washes in along with the purple chair. Now you can see the yellow mastik reserving the white areas. I just have to remember when I look at it that the yellow areas are actually white.
Here is a view of the entire layout of the fields behind the little girl with a beginning light wash applied. As you look over the lavender rows going down the hill you see a row of trees framing the field edge in the distance.