Since I enjoy water colors so much, I aim to do more of them. One thing I notice slowly is how big the range is of what you can get. The following one is Maroesja, who I painted with oils before. I had more time for this one than just the 20 minutes of the other portraits. I went really into the darks here. Could have done it maybe even more on the skin tone. Fixing some mistakes is also easier than I would have thought. Going with a wet brush over dark areas can bring brighter colors back (you can see it a bit on the cheek here).
To see how much is possible with water colors just look at some examples of the master: John Singer Sargent. At the Art Renewal Center website they mistook some of these as oil paintings – and you can’t blame them. I have no clue how he can have these soft washes everywhere, and yet hit all the details super precise. The faces of the young guy and kid here – both are soft yet every value is where it should be.
Anders Zorn is another master from the turn of the century.
And here is an unsung hero. I found these at an exhibition in Berlin. It is hard to find anywhere else anything about Eduard Hildebrandt, an German explorer/painter – but I have not seen anything of his water color quality before his time. I will post more about him later. Especially amazing is the color precision – the water in the ship reflections look nearly photographic real.
A tip to the hat to Garry for finding this artist. Don’t ask me how to do any of what Alexander Votsmush pulls off. Crazy.
Water color can of course be also very expressionistic – case in point William Turner.
Your painting doesnt look out of place next to the others you posted. Brilliant piece dude.. love it.
Haha, thank you so much. That must be the most flattering compliment I’ve ever got :D
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