Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sara Elizabeth portrait from a tintype

Sara Elizabeth

This black and white mixed media portrait was painted on yupo paper.  Yupo paper is a synthetic paper, the watercolor is not absorbed, it literally "sits" on the paper.  It is rather difficult to use but it is good for me. I am trying to paint in a more loose style and no matter how hard I try, I can't help but get a loose style with yupo paper. This is one of my first paintings done on yupo paper.

It measures 8" by 9" and the mediums used were watercolor, ink and pencil.  The watermark shown on this photo does not show on the actual painting.  I am using the watermark because I am listing this painting in my etsy shop.

For the painting, I used as a reference photo a tintype.  I can't remember where I found this tintype, probably at an auction.  I have it propped up on a shelf of our poetry books.  I had been thinking of doing a portrait of her and today was the day she was completed.

Clint named her Sara Elizabeth.  Thanks, Clint ... she looks like a Sara Elizabeth.


Clint said...

I think you achieved wonderful detail. I love the hands, especially. Great job!

Cindy Ellison said...

Thank you, honey, glad you liked her and named her :-) She truly does looke like a Sara Elizabeth.

Franz said...

Absolute precision, a rare beauty!You are a genius of art Cindy!

Ciao,a hug!