12x16" Watercolour 2015 #3
This is the portrait that I was afraid to paint. It was done from a snapshot of one of my boys at around age 2.
So many challenges for a newbie. Back-lit face, almost monochromatic colour scheme to enliven, water, light, perspective (which had to be completely adjusted from the snapshot photo), tiles, and more.
I couldn't put it off painting it any longer though. What is the saying: "In life you either need inspiration or desperation." This was a true case of desperation.
The issue was that I had moved up to a 12x16" paper, but it was a block of paper (glued on two edges). And I had promised my friends at Ellis House that I would put something, anything, in the next members' exhibition. Here it was Good Friday and the exhibition painting, which I had not yet started nor even planned, needed to be in the next day. I had this little portrait drawn and ready to paint on the top of the block, and I didn't want to take it off and have to stretch the paper. Plus, I really just needed to overcome my fear and get it done.
So I did.
I didn't have the yellow I wanted. So I used the one I had, although I knew it would be unusual. But it turned out.
And I loved it.