Watercolor Portraits on Gesso
I guess I really don’t like to make things easy on myself. I love doing portraits, but I find them very challenging. And this week I’ve been working on a couple done in watercolor on paper coated with gesso. I had posted this one of my husband a few posts back, an simply tightened it up and added the background.
Miraculously, it came together sort of easily – maybe because it was my third try from that particular reference photo, and it is a face I know pretty well by now…
So, I got a little overconfident, and tried to do another one. this is from a photo taken of a caviste (wine merchant) in Provence whom we like a lot. Whenever we go on vacation with friends we seem to get to know the local caviste – and we’ve been gong to this part of Provence for years now. I found this one extremely difficult – something about the tilt of the head and the mouth still aren’t quite right, but it’s almost right. I went back in with pencil, and then water soluble pencil, because I couldn’t get the pigment to stick everywhere on the gesso. Fighting with this subject has worn me out for now, but maybe I’ll try another one in a day or two.