I think that the biggest mistake that watercolor artists make with portraits is with putting too much pigment on the page too quickly. In Suzanna's class, I learned that every skin tone wash should be SUPER light. I'm not sure why that makes for a more luminous portrait, but it does. I highly recommend her book for all of you portrait people out there.
So, this is my first attempt at a portrait using the book and I was pretty pleased with the results. This little one is the daughter of Chloe's ballet teacher. I snagged her photo off of Facebook so that I could paint her portrait as a gift for the end of year performance. (hopefully, she doesn't read my blog before next Tuesday...I'm counting on her being too busy with ballet stuff....lol)