Of all the mediums I love to use to paint portraits with I find Watercolors to be the most challenging. Mostly due to the fact that I cannot slather on the white paint like I love to do with acrylics or oils when I mess up. However, I love a good challenge.
For this exercise, I use watercolors to paint the Manet painting (find it below for you to use) of Victorine-Louise Meurent. I started, working on cotton watercolor paper, first with a sketch. I then began painting in the darker values, working my way around the entire portrait.
Tips for using watercolors:
• Treat yourself to good materials. Cotton paper if you can and good watercolor paints and good watercolor brushes! • Make sure your water is clean. • Less is more when using color and water, until you get the hang of it. • Start with a strong sketch.
"When in doubt, leave it white." -Gene Allen