Monday, July 16, 2012

Chapter 3...What a Fun Expression!

Over the last few days I have been  moulding the facial features. Once I have painted the eyes, unless there is an open mouth, I don't really think of individual features on a face. When I am developing them  I am looking more for colour and value differences as the light falls on the 'rolling hills and valleys or precipices' ... yes, I quite literally think of the face as a vertical landscape and gradually build up the light and shade through many many layers of glazing single colours.

I am not really going for an exact copy of my reference. I am rather using and developing further the expression in it. So I've developed the freckles that were in my reference photo even more in my painting as I feel it just adds to the impish nature of the already existing expression. I've also developed the lighting more to create more light and shade on the face and a second reflected light off the white pages of the book.

I still have a little work to do develop the chin a little more as the reflected light is a little too bright and altering the corner of his mouth a touch but its nearly there.


  1. Ona,

    You are just soaring!
    Your work has moved beyond, ...........somewhere beyond "just watercolor!!"

    Just so beautiful, entertaining, and such skill!!

    Thank you for giving to the world!


  2. It's such a delightfully impish look Ona. I learn so much from your WIP's thank you so much xxxxx

  3. Ona I'm so impressed with you work. How do you stay so focused! Send some my way I sure could use some.

    It's going to be another WOW painting. It's luminous. Can't wait for more.

  4. I found your blog through Wet Canvas and just got done viewing your BEARS...omg,,,they made me ouuuh and ahhhh and the last one made me laugh outloud....a fabulous series indeed.
    Best of luck to you.

  5. Thank you Christiane <3 Life just inspires me to paint :)

    Thank you for visiting Cynthia. i'm glad the drunk -Ted's made you laugh