Watercolour portrait nearly finished

This painting is a step closer to the finished state. I have applied another layer but i need one more attack on the paper before I can call it finished.

This has been a difficult one because I wasn’t convinced by the earlier layers that it could be a decent watercolour. It worked for me as a sketch in oils so I had to ask myself is it the medium that produces a successful painting or the artist that has to provide the solution as a painting progresses. In hindsight the latter seems obvious but it wasn’t at the time. Now I realise the lesson that a picture is a process of problems revealed and solutions that have to be resolved before any idea of success and settlement can be enjoyed.

The earlier stage here

~ by David Reid on July 3, 2011.

2 Responses to “Watercolour portrait nearly finished”

  1. I’ve asked the same questions, but you have articulated the answers better than I could have. This is a beautiful painting.

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