This is a 4×6 inch painting that I did for my sister, following her specific description of what she wanted.
It is still unfinished. I still have to paint the title of the book he is carrying. But I’d prefer to remember the painting this way. I like imagining that it is a sketchbook that he is carrying. I painted this on Strathmore’s 140lb cold-pressed watercolour paper with Winsor & Newton watercolours.
My deep gratitude goes to Mrs. Noofy of SplitcoastStampers.com for suggesting that I try using watercolours on real watercolour paper! It has made a world of difference. The paper makes it seem as if I am a better painter. Actually what it does is, it lets me lift watercolour pigment when I make a mistake. If you look carefully, you’ll see a light blob at the bottom of his hairline. I painted his hair too long, and so gave him a haircut by lifting out the unwanted hair with a paintbrush loaded with clean water. Also, his thumb was originally way too short, so I lifted away some of the brown colour of the book – and so gave him a thumb of normal length. This doesn’t work with all the pigments though. Many of the blue pigments stain, so I still have to be careful.
Why isn’t his arm with the book down at his side, the way a normal person would carry a book? *sheepish grin* It’s because originally I was going to paint his hand holding on to the backpack’s strap. I forgot my sister had requested that he be holding a book and a walking stick. Well, there I had already painted his hoodie, so I lifted out the green colour where I wanted to stick the book. Oops.
I will mail this to her after I paint in (lift out) the book’s title. I hope she’ll like it!