The man on the street

My favorite thing to paint is the human face. I spend a lot of time painting landscapes and flowers, but I always come back to portraits. Wherever I go, I see people and wish I could stop right there and take their picture, or pull out a drawing pad; “Don’t move!” and then sketch out their face. But usually, that is impossible. The other day, on our way to a shop downtown, I saw this guy and gasped, oh, I wish I had a camera! Within seconds, my husband handed me a digital camera and I got him! Talk about good fortune.

I hope you like the result. This is an 11″ x 15″ watercolor on heavy watercolor paper. It is for sale.

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26 thoughts on “The man on the street”

  1. This is amazing! I love portraits…you can see so much in a person’s face, as if their story unfolds with each line and paint stroke. You are a talented portrait painter πŸ™‚

  2. I am the exact same way…I rarely do portraits…but I would love to capture them. My daughter always says “mom I bet you’d love to paint them?” It’s always imperfections too! I find the human condition fascinating! Excellent job! He is quite the character! Happy ppf!

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  3. You did a great job capturing his essence! I’ve only painted one portrait so far, and yours inspires me to keep trying! Happy PPF!

  4. Wow, you’ve captured his essence. Very well done. I’m a HUGE fan of faces and portraits are my thing, too. Can’t get enough of expression-filled, interesting characters! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ooooh this is great. I look at him and wonder what he is thinking. Where is this man on the street going, what or who is he looking at so intense? Excellent work. Just love it! Happy PPF!

  6. you are an expert water colorist I think you have a true God given talent… This guy looks like he has seen a lot in this old world of ours. He may be looking for an answer , looking for a break..hoping his time on earth is not a waste

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