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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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  1. July 10th, 2011 at 22:04 | #1

    Beautifully executed. You captured such a far away look in his eyes.

  2. July 10th, 2011 at 20:08 | #2

    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 🙂

  3. July 10th, 2011 at 20:03 | #3

    What a wonderful watercolor – a very expressive portrait! I’m so glad your husband had a camera 🙂

  4. July 10th, 2011 at 19:17 | #4

    Wonderful job of a fascinating face! (Always worth carrying a camera, isn’t it!)

  5. July 10th, 2011 at 19:01 | #5

    You captured the smoking old man well. Such face with such depth … well done!

  6. July 9th, 2011 at 23:37 | #6

    WOW -this is truly amazing!

  7. July 9th, 2011 at 15:10 | #7

    Fabulous subject and use of the medium. HAPPY PPF!

  8. July 9th, 2011 at 05:05 | #8

    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!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. July 8th, 2011 at 16:54 | #9

    It shows..this is a great portrait!

  10. Anonymous
    July 8th, 2011 at 16:44 | #10

    He is quite a character. So lucky that your hubby had a camera ready!

  11. July 8th, 2011 at 16:11 | #11

    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!

  12. July 8th, 2011 at 15:40 | #12

    Oh wow, fabulous portrait. Happy PPF, Annette x

  13. Anonymous
    July 8th, 2011 at 14:44 | #13

    Truly outstanding

  14. July 8th, 2011 at 14:12 | #14

    This is sooo good, you’re really talented.

  15. July 8th, 2011 at 13:16 | #15

    Wow this is stunning!

  16. July 8th, 2011 at 11:55 | #16

    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.

  17. July 8th, 2011 at 10:09 | #17

    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!

  18. July 8th, 2011 at 10:02 | #18

    Magnifico! Watercolor is a great, loose, clean and toos details, you know? you’re very good. Saludos

  19. July 8th, 2011 at 08:38 | #19

    Beautiful…what a soulful presence in this piece..just gorgeous.

  20. July 8th, 2011 at 08:10 | #20

    What wonderful character you have captured. No wonder you wanted to paint him so badly. It’s a fantastic piece.

  21. July 8th, 2011 at 08:03 | #21

    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

  22. July 8th, 2011 at 07:47 | #22

    I can see why you enjoy faces, you’re so good at it! You captured a lot of character in this craggy face. Very nicely done!

  23. July 7th, 2011 at 06:25 | #23

    wow! this is GREAT!
    Everything about it works!

  24. July 6th, 2011 at 17:31 | #24

    oh my gosh what a beautiful piece,, and yes the amish man took my money,, for the berries,,

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  26. July 5th, 2011 at 20:35 | #26

    Wonderful! You certainly did capture the moment! Nice painting!

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