one of this week's portraits

nylon portrait 11.12.17 watercolor.jpg

This portrait was painted earlier this week. (Alas, weekends are harder when it comes to finding uninterrupted time to paint, so I've been saving up a few things to post on days when I don't finish anything postable.)  I've been working from lots of different photographs to try out different ways of rendering images, and I really liked the expression of the girl in this picture, as well as her fair hair and light complexion against the dark value of her coat.  I'd like to learn more about how to render hair textures and shapes without trying to paint every strand (which sounds in theory like it would be a good idea, but in practice it gives a really overworked appearance, whereas with experienced watercolorists, it seems like the suggestion is more powerful that the literal details).