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This was a quick and loose painting done from life on Lanaquerelle 140 lb coldpress paper. I really like how the water works a painting on this paper.

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11 Comments

  1. Oh my! This is wonderful. I really like the way the looseness of the paint handling emphasises the tension of the pose. And I really like your colour choices too.

    • Thank-you, Sarah.

  2. Glad you are back, I was waiting for a new piece…this is great Les. What I love about your site is the vast variety of subjects, techniques and mediums that you do, you never know what you are going to find here, it’s great!

    • Thanks, Tracey.

  3. Ai! I like this – full of light and colour – the green in hair is great!

    • Stephen,
      I have to chuckle when you comment on the green in the hair. Some of the colors that are in this, I think you use in your landscapes? Thanks for the comment.

  4. Wow Leslie, I love your site, and particularly this painting. colorful, loose, yet accurate. I love the expense of white you left on the right side… what an inspiration you are!
    Isabelle

    • Thank-you, Isabelle. This is one of the nicest compliments. Thanks for talking about that white space. I’m not real good at knowing when to do that.

  5. This is wonderful! I love the watercolory feel of his gorgeous skin and hair, with all the colors! Nice one!

  6. Slurrp! Sorry, drooling a bit – not at the man but at the painting techniques, particularly the skin on his back and arms – also the white area, something I always intend to do but end up over-painting….just one more touch here…then it’s too late.

    • Thank-you. I, also tend to overpaint and rarely can I leave something light, but I painted this in a half hour at a figure session. It rarely happens that I get something decent in that short a time. I truly believe I have to give a lot of credit to this paper. It doesn’t take a ton of going back into. It yields a very beautiful wet look on your first passes. It is 140 lb. cold press Lanaquerelle. A little pricey but well worth the extra when I get something like this.


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