Watercolor on Arches CP 140 lb, 9x12". The wonderful reference photo is by Patrick Hedges for WetCanvas reference library. I already painted a portrait from one of Patrick's photographs, a Himba woman.
I was very tempted to keep working on this painting. To get into all the little details - the wrinkles, the hairs, the subtle changes in his skin color...but I need to move on to the next portrait! :)
Oh, and see that new signature in the lower right corner? You might not know it's new, but this is something I learned at the Art Expo in Pasadena this year: SIGN YOUR NAME. Your name is your brand, your stamp of approval, and it adds value to your work. Several people at arts&crafts fairs asked me about my cryptic little hieroglyph that I signed my paintings with. One actually asked IF I sign my paintings and when I said, "Yes, right here!" he seemed a bit perplexed and tried to make out what it stood for...Anyway, now, hopefully, everyone will be able to see that it's my name I'm signing my paintings with :)