I painted Kathleen (from the Julia Kay Portrait Party) side by side with the flower below but decided to post them as separate images. I’m loving gouache but really struggling with the way light colors turn so much darker when it dries. I actually lightened the sketch above in Photoshop so that it wouldn’t look so scary.
I found this flower (I think it’s an azalea) growing along the sidewalk in the neighborhood and picked off a blossom to paint. The flower is too dark because of my lack of experience with gouache, but I had fun painting it. Gouache is so much fun and I’m especially loving M. Graham Gouache. Now to just learn to mix colors about 4 shades lighter than they look! I mastered doing the opposite with watercolor so I’m (almost) sure I can do it with gouache too.
2 replies on “Portrait of Kathleen for JKPP and Bonus Azalea”
Great pictures. I don’t know the subject but I love her portrait.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Thanks Nancy. I wasn’t sure if it was ok to post her photo outside the JKPP page or I would have included it. It’s not too bad a likeness, though probably not as pretty as she is.