In this third gouache painting, I finally understood what I was doing. Unlike the first two, I was able to control the blending of the paint much better, so the lights and darks became more subtle. I hoped to do that so they’d truly lend to the intrigue of this little portrait of a mysterious girl.
Who is she? Does she seem shy? What are her interests? Would she rather be riding a horse through the pastoral, English countryside than posing pretty for a photo?
Here are all 3 of the gouache painting studies. You know I’ll be practicing more. Hopefully, my next paintings will turn out as good as these ones. Seeing them side by side, it almost seems like they’re having a conversation. What do you think they’re chatting about? Can you hear their whispers? Will you let us in on the secret too?