Saturday, September 22, 2018


Tony, sketchbook watercolor
Day 22 of 30

Watercolor Portrait

Artist and sculptor, Tony posed for us at the Punta Gorda VAC this week.   First twenty minute pose lightly sketched with pencil, the second pose added washes, third more details.  Left before overworking.  Great fun!  

Usually, I work in oils, pastels, or gouache for portrait sessions but haven't used transparent watercolor very often.  Wonderful discovering new techniques and methods!  This 30 paintings in 30 days challenge has been great for experimenting with new possibilities and directions.  Glad I decided to limit it to small sketchbook watercolors.   

When not painting, I love watching painting videos and reading art books.  Recently came across Laurel Hart's generous and absolutely useful watercolor information on her Youtube channel.  Can't wait to try this method: Keeping Washes Clean.  Her videos are long, so I watch small parts at a time to let the information sink in.

Also great for learning on Youtube:

Happy Painting!  (And treat yourself to a good sketchbook.)

Strada Easel Painting from Life Challenge Day 22, Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge


laurelle said...

I'm going to become a groupie, it seems. Wonderful portrait of this the vitality you captured with the watercolor. And although I am not doing watercolor at the moment, I will again one day and thank you for a good tip for video watching and learning.

Diane Mannion said...

I appreciate your kind comments, Laurelle! I seem to rotate between, oils, watercolor/gouache, and pastels. One medium informs the other. Happy painting!

Robie Benve said...

Beautiful portrait Diane, you really captured an interesting and lively expression.

Diane Mannion said...

Happy that you like my portrait, Robie. It's one of my favorite subjects and Tony was a terrific model.