|Woman with a Wrapped Hat, 20.5" X 28" watercolor by April M. Rimpo|
Woman with a Wrapped Hat
20.5" X 28" image
28" X 35.5" brushed silver frame
$1375 within the United States
This woman from Santiago, Guatemala was rewrapping her hat which is made of a long belt about 15 feet in length. This is a traditional hat in Santiago village, on Lake Atitlan. She smiled for the camera then asked for a small payment, which I happily provided. That smile and the colors in the hat cried out for me to paint them. I wanted to emphasize the orange red color and use it throughout the painting as an integrating design element. As a result I decided to use one of my favorite color schemes, a triad that uses primarily blue and orange with smaller hints of green.
I love having very wet runs and drips in my paintings, since they are so specific to watercolor paintings. In contrast to these passages are the hard edges I used in her face. I added horizontal and vertical stripes which also contrast with the organic runs and the diagonal shapes formed by the woman's arms.
I start most of my paintings of people by doing an initial drawing on tracing paper. When drawing people I frequently shade portions of the face to ensure the contour lines are properly placed. I frequently make adjustment to the drawing as a result. I then use a fine tipped marker to emphasize the contour lines that I will then transfer to the watercolor paper. This photo is of the tracing paper drawing, which I hang in my studio for reference while I paint. Although I always hang these up, I almost never refer to them, but like knowing they are there in case I need them.
The other photo below (right) shows a color grid I use to select which pigments to combine to get the desired flesh color. A long time ago I created this flesh color grid. The grid shows mixtures of different reds with a set of different greens. Each combination was about a 50/50 blend of the red and green.
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|Drawing on Tracing Paper by April M. Rimpo|
|Flesh color chart|
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