Here is how I've started a watercolor study for "Well-Deserved Rest" (reference photo shown at right).
I'm working on Lanaquarelle hot press paper. Not my favorite, but it allows for details which are more difficult even with a good cold press paper. (Fabriano soft press might work well, too.) I'm sticking with a limited palette, and using both cadmium red and cadmium yellow deep for the skin tones, and cobalt blue and Winsor violet for shadows. The dress is done with a mix of Winsor violet and cadmium yellow deep; the apron's pattern will be predominately cobalt blue.
As I post this, I can see some problem areas, esp. in the placement of the eyes (they're too high at present...).
|"Sunbonnet Girl" 6" x 7" |
available at my Daily Paintworks gallery