Wednesday, August 31, 2022


 Decided to take a few online courses through  The courses are full of good information, videos, extra printouts, etc., and are very inexpensive.  One drawback = they are all in Spanish (so far) with subtitles or English overdubbing.  You get used to it and I have taken 2 and am in a third right now - all to help with watercolor portraits.  We’ll see how it goes.  

So far, I’ve finished a course by Sol Barrios, who taught us how to use watercolor and graphite pencil for portraits and painting very lightly, layering the color.  I did okay with the portrait she used in the course, but then tried one of my granddaughter and really got too heavy-handed so add to add watercolor pencils to it.  

Then I tried again and did better.  As with every new way of doing something, you have to practice.  I think I need to go back into the 2nd granddaughter version around the eyes and make them pop more.

At least, these are interesting and I learn something from them - and it makes me get into my little art room and do something.


laura said...

I think these are quite good, Rhonda--you really caught their expressions! And I like the way you simplified the hair into shapes!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Laura. I am not good at portraits, even when I begin tracing the photo - hard to not get the nose or eyes wrong, but that’s why I keep trying.