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Happy New Year, in watercolor

The year has started with a pile of resolutions, but none that can’t be attempted. I’d like to figure out a way to start making a consistent side-income, and this looks as good as any. It will require practice, but these are the first of the “Friends’ Portraits”, and they have been well-received by the subjects and our friends.

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“Bill”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.

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“Jaybird”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.

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“Jeannie”, 2017. Watercolor on Arches.

This is a departure for what I normally do in this medium and the medium that I normally do portraits in. I am quite comfortable working with a dry medium for this subject. It’ll be a few more attempts before the portraits get the color-vibrancy that my cars have, for example.

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These two cars were completed right before Christmas.

Please feel free to contact me if you have a subject that you would like rendered in watercolor. There will be more examples to come.

 

 

“Meez” series, the beginning

“Modigliani’s Mistress” really wasn’t supposed to be anything more than another of my oil/oil pastel abstracts. But, the initial lines, turned on-end created the shape of a Modigliani portrait.

"Modigliani's Mistress" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on canvas, 2015

“Modigliani’s Mistress” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on canvas, 2015

She has perpetuated a series of “portraits” that I am calling the Meez series. Not direct self-portraits, but drawn from me, and they are all female.

Art for me has to be a constant learning process.

Examples for classes

I am now contracted to teach 3 adult education classes. I have on occasion sold classes without good examples for advertising. So, this week I played with doing a self-portrait in pastel. I know how, just haven’t in…probably 20 years. The first wasn’t a failure-actually a good drawing-but the face was me at 19.

Selfie in Pastel, 11" x 15", pastel on Rives BFK

Selfie in Pastel, 11″ x 15″,
pastel on Rives BFK

I finished this today. More like it. I will be teaching several classes in the southern Maine and New Hampshire area, from watercolor, plein air, mixed media, and pastel portraits.