Wear and Tear, Watercolor, 11"x14", $225
I have my summer students drawing from life off of a plaster cast that I own. I have some demos of him with the kids and I spend a lot of time drawing him over and over again when I have nothing else to do and just for practice I work from it.
After a while I felt like doing a painting of him. I was really attracted to the textures on him and the shadows created. The lighting is interesting as well, and the colors are varied which makes this still life interesting.
I wanted to throw in a worn out background with pealing paint as I thought it would add to the worn out effect on the face which would create more of a narrative. I love using stark contrasts, rusty colors and try things out that a lot of other watercolor artists don't push - such as the stark coloring and contrast as opposed to the faded desaturated typically WC appearance.
This experiment was a great choice and I hope to do more in the future, but right now I have to really think about moving onto horses and animals