Easy Watercolor Portrait

Easy Watercolor Portrait


This is my 18 year old son, Trent who just went off to college.  He gets his good looks from his Dad, isn’t he handsome?  This portrait process was taught this summer in my classes at The Art Location where I teach watercolors and collage.
I want to share this process with you and show some examples of this lesson that I first found here.

This is the photo I chose to edit in pic monkey.  I chose 3 colors in the posterize filter.


Below is the time lapse video of me painting this portrait.

These examples are from the students in my class.Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 3.21.38 PM

Now that I have done one of my son Trent, I plan to paint the other 3 kids of mine.  Here are the edited photos I made in pic monkey to use.  Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 3.42.39 PM

Give it a try.  I’d love to see what you come up with on your Easy Watercolor Portraits.

montage commission

montage commission

A fantastic returning client contacted me about painting a watercolor montage for her to give as a gift.  The location is a horse ranch where weddings are held in Prairie Grove, Ar.  I went out to take several pictures.

I used this example from a google search as a map/plan to create mine for my client.IMG_3162

Then using the photos I took and the proportional sizing the client wanted (12″ x 24″) I put together a few mock set ups for the client to choose a draft for me to follow.  Here is what I sent her after she chose which photos to use as references.Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 9.40.05 AM

she chose the one on the left and here is the final result:


Her daughter was recently married at this location and my client has gifted this watercolor to the owners of the ranch.