Monday, March 11, 2013

Maya faces 2

Los Voladores 1, watercolor 25 x 30 cm
I couldn't sleep last night, maybe due to the time change. So, instead of tossing and turning, I went to my "studio" and painted for an hour, until I felt sleepy. When I got back from work today, I was eager to continue. Here is the result. The face is a bit overworked, but I think it isn't bad.
The photo is of one of the "flying men" (Los Voladoers), whom we watched performing an old Mexican ritual. It starts by dancing at the top of a very high post, after which four of the men launch down on ropes, spinning until they reach the ground. I was surprised to see that the performers were not young at all. And I was happy to be able to take a few good shots of their faces, which seemed so interesting to me.

10 comments:

Maria's Watercolor said...

It is wonderful Blaga.

AK said...

I do not think it is over worked. It is just that watercolor always gives us unexpected surprises and we get a feeling that some thing has gone wrong. This looks fabulous and actually shows the age of the gentleman.

Polly Birchall said...

You say "I think it isn't bad" I think "It's not bad it's brilliant"

Judy said...

A fabulous portrait, Blaga!

Jane said...

Excellent portait with a great skin color and expression...he seems so alive , great job ! xx

renate said...

Blaga! This is such a wonderful portrait and not overworked at all!
The colors are perfect and the expression is just wonderful. A very nice painting:)

Blaga said...

Thank you, Maria!

I'm glad you see it that way, Asit. I wished I had completed it in less washes, but it lacked depth and body and I kept going. But I felt my brush-strokes getting looser with the subsequent washes. Thank you!

You are very kind, Polly, thank you!

Thank you, Judy!

Thank you, Jane! I like how the skin tone came out - deeper bronze hue, which looks much reddish from the scanner.

Thank you so much, Renate!

cathyswatercolors said...

Hi Blaga, Your portraits are stunning. I have been attempting to paint my grandbaby's precious face. I will post.

Rita Vaselli said...

Dear Blaga, if this is the result of insomnia .... is a fantastic result. You have a gift for portraiture! it seems that your portrait tells his own history .. You paint the soul along with faces of the people!

Blaga said...

Thank you, Cathy! I would love to see your grand-baby's portrait

Thank you so much, Rita! I now think this is the best way to deal with insomnia ;)