This week’s Let’s Face It lesson was taken by Karine Bosse. The idea was to paint a watercolour portrait of a mermaid. As per usual, time pressures and improvisation with materials meant I strayed a little from the tutorial but I tried to stick to the ideas presented as closely as I could.
If you have followed either of my blogs for long enough then you will know that I have a bit of a mixed history with painting mermaids from the good, the bad, and the ugly. I tend to be better when portraying them as deadly sirens than as delightful creatures. I wonder what that says about me? Anyway, this lesson was a chance to try and overcome my mermaid issue. It possibly helps that the focus was just on the face and hair with no fishy body to portray.
I used the Kuretake watercolours I received for Christmas and I love them. The pigments are so rich and vibrant and the paints are smooth and saturate the paper. The turquoise and dark pink made my painting quite punchy I think. Making the cheeks so pink freaked me out a bit but their warmth does, I think, balance out the turquoise.