I worked with my water colors the other night, delighted that all I needed to do was pull out my palette, add a touch of water to bring the paints back to life, and start painting!
I started with a few 2 minute gestures...this one is OK, although I can see I need to develop more "language" with the paint - the line quality over-all is very one-note.
When the model settled into a long pose, I started out with a 25 minute watercolor that was very colorful, and slightly abstract - her hips are especially exagerated.
I love the colors and the energy, the minimal amount of detail in her face and hands while still relating her gesture.
For the last watercolor I painted, I switched viewpoints and worked on Wallis paper, thinking that I may add pastel over the watercolor wash (I never did!)
But I am happy with her face and jaw line, and the way the definition of her shoulder changes from line to shape.
It's not *quite* as steely-blue in person, and you can see I did try to add a little warmth with some orange and brown. I think it would look very pretty in a silver frame.