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Category Painting
Type Painting
Subject Portrait
Material Watercolor
Style Realist
Carol Mann on

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. This portrait was done on 140 pound cold press paper with transparent watercolors.

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Is the piece for sale? No

Carol Mann on

Great job. You must do professional work. What advice would you give someone like myself who would love to get as good as you, besides practice. Was there one thing that when you learned it, you said to yourself, oh, that's what I've been missing. Or any other advice you can think of. BTW, the hands in your other paintings are so wonderful.

09/28/2015 Flag

Thank you so much for your kind words. Actually, I have been painting about 7 years now. I do not do many portraits, as I prefer still life, and pets. But this is my grand-daughter, and her eyes were something that I wanted to capture. The ONE thing that I tell my students is to "Paint what you see, not what you think." That means that when I'm doing a portrait, I do not paint a nose or eyes. I paint shapes and colors, and I often paint upside-down. That way my mind doesn't start playing tricks on me and tell me that something doesn't look like a nose. I just paint what I see...and voila! I hope that helps a bit. Happy Painting.

09/28/2015 Flag

Thank you for your kind words. I do not consider myself a professional, although I do sell my work. But I am untrained, except for taking some lessons from a local artist (I never went to art school). I started painting about 7 years ago in an attempt to illustrate a cookbook I was writing, and it evolved into much more than I ever anticipated. I do not like to do portraiture, and it is a stretch for me, but I do it occasionally. My biggest piece of advice, as I have offered before, is to PAINT WHAT YOU SEE, NOT WHAT YOU THINK. I often paint upside down, and I don't think about the subject as much as I think about color, shape, and shadows. I paint exclusively from photographs, and find that much easier. Hopefully some of this might help. Happy Painting!!!

01/24/2016 Flag

Wow! Only seven years. I've been painting much longer and am no where near your level. Your advice does help and makes lots of sense. Thank you, I've heard that before. I told my husband that once and he doesn't get it. I guess he's too left brained. lol

09/29/2015 Flag

Lucky grand-daughter to have a grand-mother with this talent! Beautiful!!!

01/24/2016 Flag

Thank you......portraiture is a stretch for me. So I appreciate your kind comments.

01/24/2016 Flag

beautiful face/love freckles

01/26/2016 Flag

sweet freckled face-lovely color -skintone

05/10/2016 Flag