Mother and Child in four colours

About a year ago, I went to the Boathouse Studio to do some life painting.    The model was fantastic, and during the break, I caught her breast feeding her new baby, who was otherwise being looked after by the Grandmother. 

I asked if Mother and baby would model together…..the following watercolour demo comes from that session.    

Working on white watercolour paper, I am using four colours – burnt sienna, winsor violet, prussian blue and yellow ochre.    All the whites in the image are white paper. 

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I sketch out the form using brush and yellow ochre.    The darker tones are a mix of burnt sienna and winsor violet.

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The studio was very warm and quiet.  It was the perfect environment to observe the bond between Mother and baby.

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Using burnt sienna and yellow ochre for the middle tones, I build the image. 

 

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Using a mix of prussian blue and burnt sienna, I add a strong dark into the negative space. 

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In the final frame, I continue to strengthen the dark in the negative space (the area surrounding Mother and Baby) and at the same time enhance the darks throughout the image.    This brings a sense of harmony and rhythm to the watercolour

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As I mentioned yesterday, I always get confused with Mother’s Day, because it is a month earlier in the UK…however, this image is for all of those celebrating this weekend. 

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A Bientôt

6 thoughts on “Mother and Child in four colours

  1. ShimonZ

    We don’t seem to have a mother’s day this week, but I’m willing to celebrate mothers any day, and these watercolors do honor them well.

    Reply
    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      We have Mother’s Day in the UK a month earlier. Given that both my children live in the USA, I am very aware of this particular date, but as you say every day should be a celebration of Mothers:)x

      Reply

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