Another face for my diary

This week, in my Diary of Faces, I painted this young lady after Head of a Young Woman by Girolamo Nerli (1860 – 1926). He was an Italian painter who worked and traveled in Australia and New Zealand, helping to move Australian and New Zealand art in new directions. He worked in oils, watercolor, and pastel. This one was watercolor. My version is mixed media, including acrylic paint and watercolor pencils. It was a challenge to try to get the soft look of watercolor this way, but I can’t use watercolor in my book, with it’s slick pages. I’m very pleased with it! All the portrait practice is paying off. It is taking me less time to do the drawings and I think I’m improving.

Sharing with Paint Party Friday tomorrow. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Another face for my diary

  1. Pointypix

    this is beautiful! I love the expression on her face and I actually would’ve thought this was acrylic if you hadn’t said it was watercolour – its so strong and not wishy washy the way watercolour can be – I really like this and yes, clearly portrait practice is paying off as this is fab!

  2. Voie de Vie

    That is just great. Love her hair! I hadn’t thought of watercolor pencils – I might need to investigate.

    And I don’t think you needed any practice. 🙂

  3. Alicia A

    wow I absolutely adore this portrait! She’s so beautiful with the soft edges and the rich hair, and has a great expression, happy but almost mischievous – as well it is not a conventional face but for that reason more lovely… awesome!! happy ppf!

  4. Anonymous

    This is a beautiful piece, her expression is fantastic. It is beautifully soft just like the old masters. I love the poppies.

  5. Faye

    Melisa, me again. I just googled the painting and I am awed that you have captured the look so beautifully and expertly. Wow!


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