Practice Watercolor Portrait

Watercolor portrait of beautiful woman
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This is a practice portrait done from a photograph. I did this when I decided to switch from watercolor pencils, which I’d been using for a while, to semi-moist watercolor pans.

Since practicing on this piece, the watercolor pans have become my medium of choice.

It is 11×17, watercolor on paper.


Cecilia watercolor portrait
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8×10 watercolor pencil on Crescent board.

This portrait of Saint Cecilia was painted for an upcoming collaborative show about the stories behind classic songs named for women.

Paul Simon wrote this song over a period of time, first coming up with rhythm, then the guitar part and melody finally the lyrics, which aren’t about anything or anyone in particular but rather a “little piece of magical fluff.”

He did not write the song about anyone specific, but was aware at the time that Cecilia was the Patron Saint of Music. The painting is loosely based upon her iconography.


Watercolor portrait of young woman at train station
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8×10 watercolor pencil on Crescent board.

This painting is for a show I’m participating in. The theme is the real women who inspired classic rock songs. This piece is about the woman who inspired the Tom Jones’ hit, Delilah. The original inspiration of the writer was a girl he had a summer fling with when he was 15 years old. At the end of the summer on her way back home she told him she had a boyfriend and their relationship was over. That was the moment I wanted to capture.

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