Watercolour Experimenting

Last Thanksgiving I happened to capture a quick and casual photo of my granddaughter admiring her aunt’s nail polish. At the time, I had it in the back of my mind that it would make a wonderful drawing and I finally got ’round to finishing it up recently.

I decided to attempt something quite different than my usual process with this drawing. Rather than my favourite smooth Bristol paper, I used a cold pressed watercolor paper instead and, rather than going for a tightly controlled, detailed graphite drawing, I used my pencil to draw a loose and somewhat sketchy interpretation of the photo, which I then washed loosely with some wet in wet watercolour. I am not used to just letting go and being loose, so this was a challenge for me! I’m very pleased with the results — but I will try for an even looser, sketchier feel next time!



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