from a dad's view

African Girl – watercolor Final

I went ahead and finished this watercolor out over lunch.  I found that I could do this beautiful lady justice with watercolor.  To capture her skin, eyes and soulful spirit is going to require more colors and possibly acrylics. But I hope you still enjoy viewing the watercolor.  Thanks again!

30 responses

  1. The watercolor’s dusty, muted look is very pleasing. Where is your African girl from?

    May 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    • Thanks Linda,
      I’m not sure where she was from in Africa. I tried to find out more information on her but found very little. And I didn’t want to write something that was incorrect or misleading.

      May 7, 2010 at 4:10 am

  2. aswirly

    She is so beautiful… Very very nice!

    May 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    • She is beautiful, and the painting doesn’t even show all of her beauty.

      May 7, 2010 at 4:10 am

  3. You’ve captured her beauty and I’m imagining the hot dusty area she comes from. Wonderful!

    May 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

  4. Really beautiful, Ryan. I am totally impressed with the fact that you only used red and black watercolor to render this portrait. Your attention to detail is stunning and I am immediately drawn to her eyes.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm

  5. Oh my gosh, Ryan, she is incredible!! I love the colors you used and your attention to detail always astounds me!! 🙂

    May 5, 2010 at 5:54 am

    • Thank you Beth,
      This girls missing bottom teeth, mud red hair and large lips, not only gives her, her own personality, but also a unique beauty.

      May 7, 2010 at 4:17 am

  6. Love the expression! The eyes are amazing! The whole ascetic approach works to accent them so well.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:55 am

    • Thank you Alex,
      Her eyes are even more beautiful in color, the reflections and the hazel brown color is amazing. But I love eyes anyway.

      May 7, 2010 at 4:19 am

  7. smalltowndad is very talented. nice variety of work. Might take your challenge on the poppies. “Virtual Paintout” on facebook might interest you. They move to a different country each month and use google street view for any kind of medium. Last month Canary islands, this month Prague.

    May 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    • Welcome Holly!
      Feel free to do the poppy challenge, but you might take a look at Richard’s summer challenge due in June. It’s all new and should out incredible. Richard’s blog is listed below. Thank you for visiting!

      May 7, 2010 at 4:23 am

  8. I am truly in awe of your ability to paint and capture portraits.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm

  9. Thank you Richard,
    I love portraits, especially unique and soulful portraits and this girl was amazingly both.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:32 am

  10. metaphase

    The hair reminds me of the Masai people of the Tanzania area of Africa. I guess I don’t know for sure, but I do that group puts red clay/mud in their hair to protect it and keep it stiff.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:55 am

    • Thanks Sis, That’s what I had found, but nothing really confirming, so I didn’t want to post the wrong info. Can’t wait till you guys come up! Excited!

      May 7, 2010 at 6:15 am

  11. Your talent seems to go from strength to strength, this is so beautiful.

    May 7, 2010 at 6:07 am

    • I’m not sure if I have any strengths , but the ones I might have are spread out thin. Thank you for your kindness though!

      May 7, 2010 at 6:17 am

  12. blissbait

    God, You’re AMAZING!!! She’s stunning as is. Just gorgeous! I look forward to this journey. Thank You and Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

    May 7, 2010 at 9:59 am

    • Oh my, not sure I deserve your compliments, but I thank you for being so kind. She really is more stunning in color, absolutely beautiful. Thank you again and cheers and dreams to you!

      May 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

  13. wow love this!!

    May 7, 2010 at 11:01 am

  14. Kindness card for you here:

    Have a great day!!! 😉

    May 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

  15. This is magnificent dude…great water color painting. Gifted and creative. Blog On!!!

    May 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

  16. Thank you Alonzo and welcome to my blog.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:36 am

  17. francis

    Very rustic and life like. I like the red ear beads hanging out, the color is sticking. This piece is really lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 am

    • Thank you Francis,
      The girl is absolutely beautiful in the photo, I just hope that I captured some of her beauty.

      May 11, 2010 at 4:52 am

  18. I like the muted subject against the brighter background 🙂 And also how you pulled some of that color into the subject in her hair? Its a beautiful piece!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:43 am

  19. absurdoldbird

    Beautiful painting and I love the amount of detail you’ve put into it. Also the colour wash behind her works to bring out the girl’s own natural beauty.

    June 5, 2010 at 4:02 am

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