watercolour portrait on white paper….demonstration

Following my previous post where I mixed watercolour and gouache and was working from an old sketch –

In this post I am using pure watercolour and any white you see is dry white paper.   

Margarida who runs the School in Portugal.   20200331_122139I always begin a portrait with the eye placement.    From there I indicate the map of the face which initially appears like a jigsaw puzzle.    Again it’s important to note that all white is Dry White Paper.20200331_114311


I am using a mix of burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue (excellent idea to play with these two pigments) with them you can achieve many different tones.


Please feel free to post any questions.

A magical hummingbird to bring some love into the equation…..mix of watercolour and gouache:)



14 thoughts on “watercolour portrait on white paper….demonstration

  1. snowbird

    Just loved all these Janet, as well as being a fantastic artist, you’re clearly a talented teacher. Why oh why though, am I not getting email notifications of these posts !Sighs…xxx

  2. Emma Cownie

    Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue? I love using red ochre and Burnt Sienna for my under painting but I have never really got on with Prussian Blue for some reason, I use a phtahlo blue instead.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Prussian Blue is such a powerful pigment and so it’s vital to use the appropriate amounts. In this portrait demo, the dark hair areas are almost a half and half mix – whereas the shadow ares have barely a touch of Prussian Blue in the mix. I am often heard joking when giving a workshop…that we should drop Prussian Blue on the enemy…(because they would be stained for ever:) rather than bombs that it…….Hope you are getting back to normal and have a decent weekend. Janet

      1. janetweightreed10 Post author

        I do love phthalo blue and yes you are right they are both very staining pigments…..Enjoy your day..it is glorious here. I have windows flung open with sunshine streaming through….Janet:)

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you very much Julia for this lovely comment. I will be blogging.a week in Portugal beginning on the 15th..in lieu of my course which has been cancelled…with some demos. Janet X


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