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Monday, July 19, 2010

Silverton, a Portrait...

Silverton, watercolor on paper, 11x15

Still inspired by the colors, scenes and interesting characters I saw on the 4th of July parade, I decided to do another portrait.

As in my last post, of "Star-Spangled," I was trying to portray the patterns of light cast over the figure by a straw hat. This gentleman's hat had a courser mesh and let more light through, so I was also bolder in my style. I used a very direct approach, with a basic drawing and no masking fluid or any other aids. I created the highlights negatively, that is, I painted directional lines in a grid to create the highlights. I used rough paper and less softening of color transitions, in order to accentuate the ruggedness of the man and his environment.

I had intended to capture a series of photos of the different stages of the painting process, but got so intent on the painting itself that I only remembered to pause to take photos twice. I have included the resulting photos below.


  1. Awesome portrait. Aside from the shade created by the hat I also like the way you did his hair.
    Do you live in Longmont? I have friends there.

  2. Hi Frank. Thank you for your comment. Yes, I do live in Longmont, CO. I'll be participating in the Longmont Studio Tours in September, an opportunity to meet your friends! Cheers.

  3. Marcio: Wonderful. I love the focus on shade of the hat. Fantastic. I spent a little time too looking over your sketch kit posts. Unfortunately I don't have the time to do fine art as you have here but would like to some day. Thanks for a wonderful post.

  4. Great painting, like it a lot...

  5. Hi Dave, thank you for the detailed feedback and for checking other posts as well. If you don't have the time to do full paintings, keep a sketchbook, it's really rewarding to do sketching on a regular basis.

  6. Wonderful idea and watecolor Marcio ! I love the light through the hat. Bises.

  7. Merci bien, Olivia. Votres aquarelles sont très belles et interessants.

  8. Wow, it´s so phantastic! Thank you and greetings from Luzia.