Watercolor portraits of humans

December 14th, 2020 No comments

My main “thing” is painting watercolors, and I have done so many, I have asked other people to help me choose their favorites. Here are a few of the watercolor portraits I’ve done recently. It looks like I am focusing more on African Americans here, maybe I am, because Black Lives Matter. And art can help with that. I do portraits for commissions; I have found it’s rare to sell a portrait that wasn’t commissioned, unless it’s someone fairly famous.

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portraits with fountain pens

December 13th, 2020 No comments

For Inktober, I decided to just draw a face a day. I use two fountain pens for this; a Nemosine Singularity extra fine for the tiny details, and a Leonardo Officina Bold for the bigger strokes. Here are a few of my favorites

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portraits with a brush pen

December 13th, 2020 No comments

I recently discovered Sktchy, an app that joins artists with people sharing their photos (most of them are artists too). It was love at first time. Free, easy access to really good reference photos of people from all over the world. Sharing with other artists, all of us trying to do the same thing, capture the face with some kind of media.
Here is a small selection of the portraits I painted with a brush pen. A brush pen is actually a tiny paintbrush which is fed ink like a fountainpen.

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George Floyd – say my name

June 16th, 2020 1 comment

george floydArtists are political. I, for one, cannot really paint someone I don’t want to paint. But sometimes, there is a face in the news and I can’t NOT paint him. When I first heard about George, I looked at his face, he looked tall and strong and brave. Then I read a biography, really, an obituary, and his friend quoted him as saying “I want to touch the world” when he was young and idealistic. How amazing and poignant it is, that he DID touch the world, but at such a terrible cost. Black lives matter, Black men matter. Black women matter. Black children matter. Yes, all of the other lives matter too, but the carnage in our country is totally skewed and black men are dying again and again, in numbers that are chilling. I love to use watercolor to paint faces, and that is what I did here.
This painting is already sold, but you can still buy prints and my profits will go to #blacklivesmatter.

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A street in Sersale – following the light

March 26th, 2020 No comments

My reference for this watercolor painting was a photo I took in 2001 before Adriana replaced her classic old door with a sturdy modern one. I tried to make the light draw you into the photo and look down the street. I have been practicing this technique with watercolors, and I particularly love this street and this scene of an old man walking home. This is a street my grandfather ran up and down as a child, because on the end you can’t see is the main Piazza of San Pasquale. Sersale is the town my grandfather, his father, his father’s father, for many generations were all born. 500 years of generations, to be exact.

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