Watercolor Portrait: Learning As I Go

2.5" x 3.5" watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor

Well, February is over and I’m not going to miss it.  When I started this blog I was determined that I wouldn’t use it as a platform for whining or complaining about things.    I looked through some old journals and found that February tends to be my worst and whiniest month, so that’s why I’ve not been posting so much.  So glad it’s March and I feel like I’m over my February funk.  Do you find February to be just a waste of a month too?

During my month of whining, fretting, and being generally dissatisfied with things I managed to get more practice in with watercolor portraits.   I used a photo of myself taken by my husband as a reference here.  I totally missed on the likeness, I was  focusing more on using color and observing how my glazes were working out.  Here I used raw sienna, scarlet lake, ultramarine blue, and violet.  I used a little payne’s gray in the hair.

This is one of my better efforts for the month and I’m really pleased with my progress with watercolors.  I have so much to learn about the medium and about using color, but I have good instincts, so I am encouraged.   It’s hard to believe that this time last year I was totally afraid of using watercolor.  Now I’m really enjoying it.

Published by Mellanie C

sketch artist, daydreamer Figurative artist specializing in small format art and portraits.

9 thoughts on “Watercolor Portrait: Learning As I Go

  1. Your portraits continue to be wonderful, even if this one doesn’t capture you as well as some of the others have. And congrats on the watercolor progress….


  2. Oh, gracious – I whined through the entire month of February. I’m SO glad it’s March!

    Wonderful portrait, especially considering the size. Love those deep, soulful eyes!


  3. I really love this portrait. And don’t worry about being miserable in February, I think that it’s well-nigh universal. In fact, this February is the first awesome February I think that I’ve ever had.


  4. Hooray for March and the frost coming out of our souls and the ground! I love the colors here, and whoever it is (you can say it’s your cousin or something), she has lovely features.


  5. How cool that you admit your whiny month!!! I am going to go through my journals and check on that, then I’ll know the sun IS coming and I just have to be patient!! I love your use of color and the fact that you used your down time to learn more about watercolor. What glazes did you use? Keep us up to date. I love hearing about your process!!


  6. Thanks everyone. I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets the February blues. My daffodils are up and it’s feeling more like spring. Yay!


  7. @Iinjelek: Yes, I’ve not taken any watercolor classes. I’ve been looking at books and experimenting on my own. Thanks for asking!


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