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The “good” witch after two hours of trick or treating last year. Happy Halloween everyone!


  1. She’s a cutie. I would have given her candy.

  2. Fresh and cute indeed. How do you keep a painting so fresh when one has to do layers??

    • Hi Isabelle. What a wonderful compliment because this is truly a watercolor sketch with no layers because the paper I used (90 lb cheapy watercolor paper not a major brand) wouldn’t allow for layers. I think the key to keeping a painting a little fresh is in color choices. I may have to wait a little for certain washes to dry a little before going in with one that may look yucky if it ran into the one next to it. I maximize on where colors can run together nicely for a wet-in-wet look. An example on this painting would be the yellows for her hair had to dry before I could wet the area of the hat because the violet and blue of the hat with that yellow would have looked “yucky”. The reds, blues and violet could run together because they made other neat colors. The only way I learned it was by making a lot of boo-boos. Believe me.

      • thanks for reminding me of that! I always make everything too wet and then it gets, to use your technical term: “yucky”. I have to learn patience and making sure areas are dry before I paint them.

  3. great painting leslie.
    happy halloween

  4. Nothing evil about this sweet little witch, but I can see how she would cast a spell on the viewer โ€“ well done capturing the tiredness in her expressive young eyes.

    As Iโ€™m currently struggling to paint facial skin on a portrait I know how difficult that fresh peaches โ€˜n cream complexion is to achieve.

    • Thank-you June. ๐Ÿ™‚ That was the hard part. I tried to go overboard on getting the color just right. I don’t worry about that much anymore. Caucasion skin is just yellows and reds mixed together ….I play around with them until I get the combo I like. In this one I used yellow ochre light and permanent rose. Then I washed in some burnt sienna on the dark side of her face.

  5. A watercolour portrait looks like an impossible Thing to me but you did it! Well done ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank-you Sarah. As soon as I told myself I wasn’t painting a person but a collection of values shapes and lines I began to improve a little with this. I really enjoyed your last post on Bosch.

  6. i’m not an expert, but I know watercolor is really difficult to not mess up. yours looks perfect! the colors are vivid and sharp.

    I went as a gladiator turnip..

    • Thanks Otto! I would have liked to see that. No gladiators stopped at my door last night.

  7. I like this portrait Leslie. All the colors seems to be singing in harmony. Love your pencil self-portait in your last post. I can understand why your grandchild recognized it right away. You got that signature look I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank-you, Raji. You don’t know how good that makes me feel. I love doing people and pet portraits and have oftentimes struggled. Hey! I miss paintings on your site but love your drawings, also!

  8. Love the color of this portrait. She looks like focusing on something else, maybe someone has more candy than she. Her eyes tell the story.

    • Thanks, Francis. I think she was looking at her Mother who was also snapping a picture.

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