A few lines about freckles in a song inspired me in this painting.

“Your hand fits in mine/Like it’s made just for me/But bear this in mind/It was meant to be/And I’m joining up the dots/With the freckles on your cheeks/And it all makes sense to me. ~Zayn, Little Things. Born in England of English-Pakistani parents, Zayn Malik is a former One Direction singer, one of the most popular boy bands of all time.

watercolour tonal study

"A sprinkling of freckles". Watercolour on 6 x 9 Bee Paper Watercolor Paper. Winsor Newton Cotman watercolour in Burnt Umber.

The freckles are hardly visible. I don’t think she minds them too much. Or has she covered them with a dusting of makeup?

I am learning to soften harsh lines, to be more patient, and to let the paper dry before adding more paint. The looseness I was looking for is more easily achieved with watercolours.

It took me about an hour to complete this portrait. The addition of the freckles were a last minute decision. I certainly want to add more now that she is dry.

However, for today, here she is with just a sprinkling, a hint really, of freckles.

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