Friday, January 23, 2015
The Scullery Maid's Portrrait
It may have been a bit unusual to use a needle felted animal as a model but it worked well. So many times I've heard how much better it is to work from "life" rather than from photos and that's what I did with this one. It did indeed seem different to be working from a 3D subject and, in a way, easier.
Pretty much as soon as I began painting I felt that I had ruined the piece. It was then that one of the main features of watercolor - no forgiveness! - came home to me! I forgot to bring the rabbit with me so I was painting from memory. I started on the head scarf and part way through remembered that her scarf is white with blue plaid rather than the other way around - the way I painted it.
But in the end, I think it worked out fine. Given the light background, the scarf shows up better being blue.
Despite the shaky beginning, I found that I really enjoyed working with watercolor!
My plan is to make prints with my new famcy pigment ink printer and offer them in my Etsy shop.