The online group, Painting Friends, is having a Portrait Challenge. It is a challenge to members to learn to paint portraits, ask questions and share information. One of the members gave us permission to use her handsome son's photo.
Wanting to experiment more with watercolor, water was spritzed on the paper then new gamboge yellow was dropped into the wet areas and allowed to run. The paper was allowed to dry then other areas were wet beside or running across the yellow layer previously painted. The whole time I was doing this, I kept thinking of Sandy Maudlin and the big white shape she uses and that John Salminen refers to in his video. So I was consciously trying to keep good white shapes while dropping paint.
Again, yellow was dropped into the wet areas, then scarlet lake, an orangy-red, was allowed to mingle into the yellow. The paper was tipped and tilted allowing the paint to flow. Once the paint was dry I sketched in the face of the young man. The top of the ear was a little too high so had to lower it after this photo was taken.
Now the big question is, what's next? Remember this is an experiment so who knows what direction this painting will go.