Thinking Spring has gotten me thinking about outdoor activities, but I was in the mood to do a portrait and maybe just "practice" on some flowers or landscapes. A phone call from a dear friend fit right in, prompting me to dig in my photo bin. This reference photo was taken on my first ever "Nature Walk" . Looking for spring wildflowers, I was of course doing my usual people watching, collecting faces for reference. I had taken this photo from a distance, and didn't realize right away I actually knew this wonderful lady! Judy is a master gardener, basket maker, and amazing calligrapher. She has always inspired me with her down to Earth style and calming personality.
I am just working on the underpainting, and am going to try something a little different. I am planning to do the value study in New Gamboge, then do a "mask " of gesso. I've experimented with this on still life over the winter, and want to try on a portrait. my idea is to have the "underglow" come through the transparent watercolor on the surface, adding a new dimension to my portrait.
I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.