I’ve been wanting to do a painting of Sari for some time. With her father’s permission, I did a few studies and once I had some free time, I finally started it.
What makes this study different is the style. I focused on the eyes, nose and lips. The rest were mostly washes.
Compared to almost all the portraits I’ve done before, I didn’t try to do a realistic rendition this time. It’s almost a wet-on-wet rendition which I found difficult. Now I understand why watercolor painting for most artists is a meditation in itself. You have to plan each stroke. The way the paint goes through the water is unpredictable – however you can control where the water goes. That is the beauty of it.
Unlike acrylic where you can cover a mistake with another layer of paint after the first has dried – this technique is actually unforgiving.