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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bella Revisited - Watercolor Dog Portrait

I painted Bella the first time in December 2008. This is a much larger portrait I just finished. It measures 16 x 20 in. When I work larger like this I like to stretch my watercolor paper. It really is a pleasure to paint on. I might have to quit being lazy and start stretching smaller works.

If you don't know how, here is a link to instructions on how to stretch watercolor paper. The only step I didn't do was pre-soak my paper which I don't think it necessary. (I use 140lb Arches cold press). It is well worth the few extra minutes to stretch your paper!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Watercolor Portrait Boy with Bat

This is from a reference on Wetcanvas. I spent 4-5 hours playing with this today. It was such a good photo I couldn't resist. Here's my WIP.  8 x 10