I joined in the Weekend Paint on Wetcanvas and couldn't resist painting little Marouschka. I haven't done a watercolor portrait for a while. I keep letting myself get distracted and also I've been trying to develop an illustration style which is like learning another language! This is my native language - straight portraiture in watercolor and it was without any commission pressure so it was a breeze to paint. Some day I hope that children's illustration will come as naturally for me.
The only part about this portrait that I do not like is that I didn't wait for my first wash on her face to dry before I jumped into the background and the purple moved in. You can't really lift it so it has a somewhat ghastly cast to it, too heavy. I really hate purple for flesh colors. If I were to try it again, I'd go for lighter and more scarlet lake in the complexion. But overall, I am happy with this.
Now, back to illustration.... :)