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Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Smiling face

Experimenting with darks here- I have been avoiding darker values in past, due to the unwanted muddy effect I get when I use more than two washes. This paper is different from what I have been using so far, and it held the washes well; more than I expected.So I used the washes quite liberally here, and was generally happy with the results.
Still, it could have been better if I was patient enough to let the painting dry completely in between! I finished it in one sitting, as I always do with my watercolors..in about an hour.
It was sketched freehand and the child looks a bit older than I intended her to be!
In future, I am going to try to give these paintings more time, and see if it makes any difference :)

20 comments:

  1. She sure is beautiful, Arti! You've beautifully handled the light on her darling face!

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  2. the expression is so child like. Brilliant.

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  3. Brilliant work as usual Arti! I particularly like how you painted the hairs and their shadow on the face. Bravissima!

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  4. I like it because is very spontaneous, another beautiful work! Ciao Arti!

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  5. Beautifully done, Arti. Wonderful depth, highlights and shadows compliment it well.

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  6. Arti - you did a great job on this portrait. Nice lighting and color.

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  7. I like the shadows on the boy's face, and the way you rendered the facial expression, like he is squinting for the sun... it's very beautiful, Arti!

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  8. Arti! the portrait is wonderful. You can see the character and pick great expression.

    Thank you so much for your art!
    I admire your paintings and happy to follow your blog.

    Irina

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  9. a portrait very expressive, a perfect combination of color and poetry

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  10. Thank you Sherry, Asit ,Tito ,Giada, Carole,Michelle, Christina , Gabe and Irina..

    Thanks a lot for commenting! Makes my day:)

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  11. Nice portrait, Arti! Beautiful colors, as usual :)

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  12. Your darks are so pure and clear in this Arti! What a wonderful portrait.

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  13. the expression is great. the shadows and tones work well. I'm not so sure more time is needed.

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  14. Aarti, this is wonderful portrait, especially I like the expression. If you have been trying to use darker values it means your confidence level has been raised. It’s necessary. I agree with you whenever we go for darker values we have to keep in mind the quality of paper. I have spoiled many paintings due to the worst quality of paper.

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  15. Hello Arti
    This piece as much character you have captured. I think the tones have worked very well and your one sitting reflects the immediacy of the work which I prefer. Very fresh and masterly rendered.

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  16. Thank you D.D.I agree with you, paper plays a big role in watercolors...

    Thanks Ron, and thank you Trevor, nice to see you here.

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  17. lovely variations...difficult to capture such a smile...great job!

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  18. This one too. Very nice. I will be back to look for more. Have a nice day, Helen

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