View Full Version : A Friends Angel ~ WIP

02-03-2003, 09:45 AM
It's been awhile since I posted any paintings and I almost forgot how to do it. :rolleyes: :D

A friend really enjoyed my painting "Favorite Angel" (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=46868) so I am painting a slightly different view of it :) The underpainting is driving me loopy :rolleyes: :p but it will be worth it when it comes to the fun part.....the COLOUR!!

Here's my first image and I am almost done the underpainting and will take a photo as soon as I'm done. I'm not sure how long this thread will take....but I'm hoping that it will give me incentive to get moving.

title: A Friend's Angel

size: 15"x19.5"

300lb Arches cold pressed paper

all Winsor Newton watercolour paints

thanks for peeking

as always, comments and critiques welcomed



[Note: This thread has been edited; posts that did not pertain to the technique being demonstrated were removed in the interest of preserving continuity of instruction. The Moderators]

02-03-2003, 10:57 AM
hello rapolina!! this angel statue is located in Florence, Italy above the Doors of the Baptistry. I really love your country :):)

hello Olga! I should have said what colours I used..sorry about that. The digital photo turned out bluer than the original which is quite purple. The underpainting is my usual French Ultramarine Blue and Permanent Alizarin Crimson.

thanks for commenting...now it's time for me to go get my brushes wet :)


02-03-2003, 12:49 PM
thanks Karen, Ruth, Becky and Eamon :) It's nice to know I have company today :)

Here's the latest. I've been working sporadically this morning....does anyone else suffer from this? I can't seem to concentrate for longer than 15 or 20 minutes. oh well, my laundry is getting done this way. lol

almost done the face and now it's on to the hands....my fave part of this angel :) the image is a little washed out towards the top....there is more value there than the photo suggests.

thanks for commenting and peeking

02-03-2003, 02:59 PM
thank you Alan, Joni, Barb, Pam, Doug, Gilberte!!

*whew* finally done the underpainting. now the fun part....but I'm headed out the door with some errand running around. I'll get back to this in a couple of hours.

thanks to all for peeking and commenting!!


02-03-2003, 03:09 PM
Debra....that eye has had a LOT of practise!!!!! :) I've trained myself to see that way.

sure Alan....how's this?


*posting at the same time*

thanks Pam :)


02-03-2003, 07:33 PM
Alan, thank you. I just happened to have the photo editing software open when you asked for the crop so it was easy :)

Ruth....me too!! lol

thank you Lulu :)

Sienna, I'm glad you are enjoying :)

Uschi....what a nice thing to say!!

Pam, you are a bossy one aren't you?!! :rolleyes: :p ;)

Here is the latest.....I added some Permanent Rose washes. It looks a bit bright right now but it should tone down some with the other washes that will go over top. :)

thanks for peeking!


02-03-2003, 08:41 PM
thank you Joss!! it takes a lot of dry glazing to get that effect and I go through boxes and boxes of tissues!! lol

ok, here's the latest.

glaze of Antwerp Blue over the pink on the wall and wet in wet washes with my purple underpainting and then some Winsor Green with Antwerp. It looks frightening right now but it will be toned down. :)

thanks for peeking


02-03-2003, 10:09 PM
here's the reference photo


and then the latest progress photo......French Ultramarine washes over the wall areas. Winsor Yellow washes on the angel's dress. I'm not as freaked out as I was with the previous image....it's coming together now.

thanks for peeking


02-04-2003, 01:21 AM
ok so I painted like a madwoman today and I'm really pleased with the progress of this one. thanks to all for commenting :) it REALLY helps keep me painting.

the first image......a sporadic wash over the pillar using Winsor Green (blue shade) and Antwerp Blue.


French Ultramarine Blue over the pillar ...quite washed out just to mute the brightness. This area might need more toning down later, but for now I'm going to wait until the skin tones are laid in.

Permanent Rose over the shadowed areas on the dress. The dress will need a few more washes before it's done. not sure what colour will be next...possibly Antwerp Blue.


that's it for me tonight. see you all tomorrow!!

thanks for peeking

02-04-2003, 09:17 AM
Originally posted by painterbear

How do you get the wonderful, soft gradations between shadow areas and lighted areas? Do you use a wet brush while the paint is still moist? How do you prevent run-backs if that is how you do it?

It's called dry glazing and I use this technique almost exclusively.

I apply quite a saturated wash onto dry paper. With a clean wet flat brush (anywhere from a quarter inch to a 2 inch flat) that has been touched to a tissue to remove excess water (to decrease runbacks), I touch the edge of the still wet glaze and draw the paint out for a feathering efect. Usually the glaze needs one or two more passes of the brush (cleaned out and touched to the tissue between strokes) to achieve the smoothness I enjoy.

From this point I watch to see if there are areas inside the glaze and at the edges that need touching up before it dries. A paint loaded brush can be lightly touched to the surface of the glaze to draw out more paint.

Then I watch it while it's drying to again avoid runbacks. If I notice one forming I quickly gauge how wet/dry the glaze is and prepare my flat brush for one or two quick even passes over the entire wash area. A tricky business for sure but after practice it can be accomplished with most glazes.

The touching of the tissue and gauging how wet the flat clean brush needs to be ,according to how wet the wash is, took me awhile to master. Practice and more practice and certainly my share of failures to the pile. But this is the look I was after and it pretty much comes second nature now.

It's difficult for me to explain it and tough for me to take photos of it myself. Maybe I'll ask a friend to take photos while I paint someday and post them as a demo :)


ps. this technique leaves me with a soggy wet cold tissue in my left hand for most of my painting session!! *ewwwww* I frequently change out the tissues but they are wet again very soon. lol :)

02-04-2003, 12:44 PM
thanks Barb....wouldn't that be fun to all get together and paint?!!!!

Sylvia, I'm glad my explanation wasn't clear as mud. :) sometimes I wonder if I'm too wordy and my message gets lost? :)

I'm working on her dress right now with some Antwerp Blue and some lovely green areas are coming out. I am liking it. I'll post a pic as soon as I get to a point where it looks different than the last image.


02-04-2003, 03:16 PM
ok....I've been doing more thinking today on this one than yesterday....but I've spent even more time at my desk today!! lol

added Antwerp Blue to the dress, laid in a wash of Permanent Rose with a hint of Lemon Yellow on the arms and hands. Winsor Yellow and Permanent Rose on the wing.


applied the skin tone mixture to the face and neck. let it dry. washed on some Lemon Yellow over all the skin areas.


I'm kind of stalled here now. Not sure how to handle the hair and I'm not quite happy with the yellow cast to the skin. Maybe a Permanent Rose wash is in order. Some of the dress is looking a little washed out too....have to think on that.

thanks for peeking


02-05-2003, 10:54 AM
Well, I've reached a point where I think all that really needs to be done is a few darks....but before I do that I will post the latest image to see if someone sees something that needs attention that I can't see.

What do you think? Does the wall need another cool wash to recede???

Bethany....I added some rosy colour to her cheeks and I think that improved her sweet expression...thank you :)

Please let me know if you see anything that I can touch up at this point. :)

thanks :)

have a creative day!!


02-05-2003, 11:50 AM
Em, she's beautiful.!!....... the wall to me is fine.....recedes well because it's so cool next to her warm colors....
The composition and use of color direct attention to the serenity expressed in her face. While adding architectural interest, the column is not permitted to compete for attention........
Your style has dramatically portrayed a beautiful three dimensional sculpture and you have indeed caused 'these stones to shout!'
Ty for the WIP...........

02-05-2003, 12:24 PM

Do you think the blusher on her right cheekbone goes a little too far up to her temples?


02-05-2003, 05:59 PM

thanks all!! you people are the best for following me on this angel adventure and such a long thread too:rolleyes:

Here it is.....all I did was add in some darks. And if you will indulge me, I got a little goofy and took a pic with me in it....I call it "angel and me" lol. I'm really pleased with this one :)

thanks again



02-05-2003, 06:10 PM

:clap: :clap:

Wish it were mine..When you get tired of it, just send it to me here in Taylor, Texas.....:D , Emilie

02-05-2003, 06:57 PM
Lovely, lovely, lovely. What a finish!

02-05-2003, 07:36 PM
thank you Emilie and Debra :)

Little Old Lady
02-05-2003, 07:37 PM
Wow! Great! Marvelous! Magnificent! Fantastoc!

02-05-2003, 07:40 PM
I feel like I'm looking at a painting right out of the Renaissance. You are unbelievably talented. Sorry if you mentioned this somewhere (I didn't read all the responses:D) ....but is this a commission ?

Thank you so much for letting us experience this along with you !


Alan Cross
02-05-2003, 07:41 PM
Hey great finsh Em.....thanks....I like the pic of you and the angel but you look better there then in your tiny head not sure why....hmmmm
Alan :)

02-05-2003, 07:50 PM
Hi Em,

Was so eager to get to the computer today, to see your Angel.

It's marvelous! Truly a work of art!

Don't have much more to say, just want to enjoy it!!!

Thanks for sharing everyting.

(You look great toooooo!)


02-05-2003, 07:58 PM
thank you JoAnn :)

thanks Bre, no this isn't really a commission. a friend mentioned they liked this one and I enjoyed painting her the first time so I thought I would try her again to give away. actually I have a couple more views of her that I would like to try again someday....I guess I can't get enough of her :) she spoke to me.

thanks Alan.....I think :confused: :D

I'm glad you enjoyed it Sienna :)


02-05-2003, 08:18 PM
it is truely beautiful. I've wanted to try out your style for size sometime, but can't find the right subject. i guess i just need to keep painting. you inspire me.


Lady Carol
02-05-2003, 08:46 PM
I missed this until the end, but I got to read it all in one go and watch it unfold in its entirety.

Amazing, absolutely amazing.

This was one heck of a journey. Thank you for sharing your WIP. I think your last photo was justified:D



02-05-2003, 10:19 PM
Your angel is absolutely exquisite Em, and what a lovely lady you are too:)

02-05-2003, 10:40 PM
thank you Bethany:) you can't find the right subject? funny because every subject I paint pretty much I use that technique!! lol

I'm glad you enjoyed the WIP Carol....I enjoyed posting it!!

thank you Lulu...how sweet you are :)


02-06-2003, 02:17 AM
Em, you deserve HUNDREDS of these :clap: :clap: :clap:

So beautiful and serene, so warm and gentle looking. :)


02-06-2003, 04:37 AM
Hi Em,

Let me join the chorus--this is beautiful. Your friend is a very lucky person.

02-06-2003, 05:56 AM
Its just - well - HEAVENLY! :clap: :clap: :clap:

A fantastic result, Em. What a technique you have - so effective.


02-06-2003, 07:43 AM

02-06-2003, 08:41 AM

Beautiful work and so kind of you to do a WIP....you should be so proud of this piece, its gorgeous:) karen

02-06-2003, 09:42 AM
Hi Em,

I'm at home with flu, but it was worth catching flu just to see this wip.

It's difficult to find words to express how I feel about this painting, it touches my soul, and lights the dark.

Thank you

lyn lynch
02-06-2003, 10:11 AM
Em, without color knowledge this technique would be impossible. Thank you for posting the how-to, it was easy to understand and informative. Thanks also for all the time updating the WIP, you have much confidence to do this.

As to the work: I am in awe.

02-06-2003, 10:30 AM

and you're a cutie, too!

aren't you so pleased ??????


02-06-2003, 10:41 AM
thank you people :)

I am overwhelmed with your response to this piece and I TOTALLY appreciate all of you for taking the time to comment and express yourselves.

thank you very much :)


02-06-2003, 03:48 PM
wow bravo bravo. Just superb. oncor oncor tee heee. Love your wips. Have learned somthing from this. Thanks a bunch. Jan

02-06-2003, 04:04 PM
thank you Jan :)

this is my 3000th post!! woohoo:D

02-06-2003, 05:38 PM
So now you're a saint! Very appropriate for this thread :D


02-06-2003, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by Yorky
So now you're a saint! Very appropriate for this thread :D


Great timing---congratulations! St.em


02-06-2003, 11:47 PM
:) @ Doug

St. em :) @ Sienna now!!

thanks....I needed a smile right about now :)