African Queen

African Queen, soft pastels on Stonehenge paper

I couldn’t resist this photo I found, I love her skin tones. I never noticed skin tones before, some black people have yellowish undertones, this lady has red. It makes for a very interesting challenge.

This year I challenged myself to add more vibrant colour to my paintings, very hard for someone who generally does wildlife. I don’t really like those popular wildlife paintings of multi vibrant colours, I’m not comfortable enough to know what I’m doing.

I really enjoy doing portraits though, I never thought I ever could, my first ones were such disasters, I even called one Zombies on the Beach! But practice and persistence works for any artwork.just keep painting!

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