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.

Another, more colourful watercolour portrait, can be found on my blog. Watercolours are not the easiest medium to master, but the discoveries along the way are very uplifting.

Artists with more experience and knowledge of the quirks of watercolours add another dimension to their work with another medium.

Artists I know use watercolour as the first layers of their painting and then add pencil work to sharpen the brighten the details.  Others use pastel and watercolours combined.  In Three Sisters, I used watercolours and Pitt Pens.  I have even experimented with watercolours and acrylics.  The possibilities are endless.

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