Thursday, 10 May 2012
This is a commission I was given by a friend of mine. It is my loose watercolour version of a black & white photograph of his daughter proudly holding her infant brother. So this is the first view of one of my paintings. Up until now I have been displaying old work.
I am self taught as a watercolour artist and my approach was probably all wrong. I decided to work with the darkest tones first - quite the opposite of textbook approaches to portrait painting. The girl's hair blended into a dark background in the original photograph, so I kept that effect. It creates a strong diagonal composition which is echoed in the position of their features. The bottom left portion of the painting is kept pretty simple and doesn't draw the eye down.
Hope you all enjoy this, and I hope Marc does too!