Vermillion Portrait


Vermillion Portrait was another experiment that I tried. I had a photo of a young lady that had a lot of contrast in it. It was a bright sunny day but we were warehouse-like space in the South.

Interestingly, I tried photo paper. The runny look comes from the long dry time. Unlike the gessoed cardboard from last weeks painting, you could easily build on the paint. If I were to compare this method to a dry media I would say its a lot like working in charcoal. More importantly its similarity to charcoal allows for easy subtraction and easy gradation if you apply the proper proportion of water.

I am certainly no expert on this technique, but I would recommend starting with one color to see if you can gradate the color or subtract for white.

It’s fun to experiment with watercolor. If you’re getting stumped with the same old methodologies I would strongly encourage you to try a new subject, technique, or process.

Happy Painting!

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