First I have to be honest, the sunshine and tennis have taken much of today. I forgive myself because I see summer coming to an end shortly and today has been really lovely. However, I have been working on two projects, one watercolour and ink for my daughter showing a cafe in Cornwall where we had coffee in June and one the early stages of a portrait that I am starting. The watercolour is getting there; it now needs the darks to build up. I have shown here the photograph on which it is loosely based ( I often use a mixture of sketches done on the day and photographs to help my look at lights and darks.) and the work in progress.
The second is hard to see but I plan to show all stages of this portrait as I develop it. So far, I have used the 'gridding' method to make drawing the right proportions easier. I saw an excellent demonstration of an artist using this method at my local art club. It allows you to not only get things in more or less the right place but also, if you find it helpful, to look at sections rather then trying to draw the whole. This helps me to draw what is actually there rather then that traditional idea of what a face should look like. The hard bit, for me, is the maths! Working out the ratio and applying it accurately takes me a while but well worth the time. I have shown here the other portrait I am working on to give an idea of my current style; I am very much learning how to do this and finding it challenging. I would welcome any comments or ideas on the approach as it develops.