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Watercolor Of My Daughter In Her Purple Hair Phase

Here is a watercolor portrait of my daughter who has colored the lower half of her Hair with purple.

I sketched using a tracing box and a printed image that was taken from a photo she sent me.

The paint was put down in layers starting with the background using a flat wide brush and giving the colors an up and down sweeping texture.

The face was done in washes but I didn't work on the hair and sweater until after I was confident that I had established the facial features and expression. Even though it is my daughter in her purple hair phase I didn't spend too much time on the hair because hair styles are so trendy and such a passing fashion and I do not want someone distracted by it in the future.

After a while I was working all over on the picture letting one area dry while I focused on another. The deep shadows on the face were a problem there is color in the shadow but the shadow dominates so I was afraid the form of her face was getting lost as I worked over the shadows and both added color and lifted out some color. Some places I had to dab the colors in and then lift some out.

Watercolor dries lighter than when it is applied so sometimes I had the values too dark or colors too intense then I had to lift the color out with a brush and some clear water.

I wanted it to look like she was taking form out of some or clouds of color. I do not try to paint for photorealism since so many others and this gives more of a statement.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my work.

I took several breaks and set it aside for a few days at a time eventually finishing it after about three weeks.

Watercolor Portrait of Girl with Purple Hair.
Being my own worst critic even now as I look at it I see little things I would like to tidy up or change. But if I do not say I am done sometime I will never finish.

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Watercolor Of My Daughter In Her Purple Hair Phase


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