"Redhead" watercolor on paper, 8 x 8 inches
This is the last watercolor from my 30 in 30 efforts of September, one which didn't quite make the deadline. And while I didn't come anywhere near the goal, for me it morphed into focusing more on the challenge of seeing where I could go using the watercolor medium for the first time in about nine years. I wondered how the work I had done in oils during the previous years would influence my watercolor style and technique. I did start out wanting to be more abbreviated and loose in my style but in the end moved more towards attention to detail (I seem to love the details). In this piece, I wanted to play up the strands of hair and highlights and see where that took me. Also, I loved portraying all the subtle colours present in a head of red hair. So, I'm happy with what I did manage to get done in September, even if falling well short of the goal of 30 paintings.