9×12 Watercolor & Paper
This piece was done on Canson mix media paper 98LB
It was the third in a series with this model.
With all my portraiture, I always want an organic feel which starts first with the subject.
In lieu of the academic or glam poses, I want the subject’s natural body language to come through. This honesty makes for a conveying of emotion which is the most important aspect of all my works.
I never choreograph a pose, my only input having to do with if I feel the light is not hitting the subject evenly.
This paper, although intended for among other mediums, watercolors, requires a different touch than any of the other types of paper I use for my painting. It is harder to use, which is why I like it. If I can achieve the desired effects with this paper, then when using my ideal (paper), it is far easier.
These little self challenges are one of the ways I foster evolution in my art and avoid lapsing into mannerisms.