Painting Youthful Portraits


Beautiful Boy
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 14×10.5″

This is the same boy from the last post. It was painted at the start of the session over a two hour period. It was a much slower, more painstaking approach to watercolor. It is more akin to my work on rag paper. This 14-year old boy has a real baby face. I’m sure he would be horrified to hear himself described this way. He also looks very angelic here. I’m sure he’d be horrified by that description too. It’s the tilt of his head and gaze upward that makes that impression.

His youthful features are all very rounded and smooth. It makes for a much greater level of difficulty in capturing a likeness. Older people, even heavy people, have developed plains on their faces and bodies which make the transitions from one direction to another more readily seen and painted. This young man is all roundness, like my 16 month old grandson.

The length of time time alotted to a single pose allows for the level of finish not available to me in quick pose groups. The previous post with this boy’s image was done in the last half hour of the session. Both have their merits, advantages, and disadvantages; finish being the advantage here. Spontaneity is the advantage with the quick pose. I like having both. As soon as the weather becomes more conducive to travel I’ll be doing both. I’ll travel a half hour north for quick poses and a half hour south for long poses.

I’ll be traveling way south next week. i need a break from this unremitting cold. I’m hoping that by the time I get back spring will be well established. It’s extraordinary to have below zero temperatures in March. I’m going to Florida to visit some very dear friends.  Life is good when your retired

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March 5, 2015