Sketchbook Sunday: Portrait of my Daughters

Hi friends! I signed up for a class a couple of weeks ago to improve my skills concerning painting people in watercolor. I tend to paint a lot of still lifes and the occasional landscape but I rarely put a person in there even though it can add so much to a painting. So for the next few weeks on Sketchbook Sunday you will see time lapses videos of my at home assignments from the class. I worked on this painting off and on over the course of a week.


It felt good to push myself and try something new. I think no matter where you are on your art journey it is important to remain in an atmosphere of growth so you don’t get burned out (especially if you do it for a living.) I hope you enjoy my time-lapse and learn a  bit from my struggles:)

I used my M Graham palette for this as the painting is large (15″x22″) and I needed to have room to mix large washes. Affiliate links to Consumer Crafts, Hallmark Scrapbook and Amazon are used. Consumer crafts recently added many top artist paint brands and the prices are really great. In addition to M Graham, they carry Daniel Smith, Holbein, Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher, Van Gogh and more. It is worth a look if you need to replace some colors or stock up.

Colors I used:

  • Ultramarine blue (this is DaVinci)
  • Quin Red
  • Yellow Ochre 
  • Burnt Sienna
    (the above colors I used for my skin tone mixes as you can get a really nice range of neutrals from it, I recommend trying that color palette if you are looking to mix skin tones.)
  • Sap Green
  • Van Dyke Brown  (this is Qor) If you don’t have Van Dyke brown you can use sepia or burnt umber, it is a cool deep brown color.
  • Gamboge (I said Cad yellow deep which you can use but I double checked and I used Gamboge, really any warm yellow is fine)
  • My Palette is a 12″x16″ Jones Palette

Other Supplies:

  • I used a half sheet of Langton Prestige 100% watercolor paper (painting size 15″x22″) which is very similar in surface and equal in quality to Arches Cold Press 
  • I used a variety of brushes but mainly my Mimik synthetic squirrel value set, and I used a wedge brush for the leaves. The cute brushes with mermaid tails are by Jane Davenport
  • Prima Julie Nutting Skin Tone Watercolor Pencils are unfortunately discontinued and out of stock everywhere:( however, the colors are duplicated in the following sets: Earth Tones and Soft Neutrals. The sets can be found discounted at Hallmark Scrapbook for around $10 each. And they are also available on Amazon: Earth Tones and Soft Neutrals
    *BTW I am really disappointed that Prima discontinued this set as it is so useful!
  • Derwent Coloursoft wax based pencils20180922_123739.jpg

I hope you enjoyed the process, I must say after working on this for a week it was satisfying to see it come together so quickly in time-lapse LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



11 Responses

  1. Hey there,

    Can I just say that your daughters are beautiful. I can see where they get it from. Their mother😊☺😇.

    Okay, back to your regular schedule 😁😁😁.

    Have a blessed day!

    Kind Regards,

    Karen M Roth
    aka Masquerading Crafter


  2. You are so talented, I really admire you & have learned a lot for you💗


  3. WOW it’s Beautiful Lindsay xx


  4. Absolutely lovely – both your painting and your daughters!


  5. hard not to take pictures, make pictures of your beautiful girls. done by a beautiful artist.


  6. Stunning!!!!


  7. every artist has to grow no matter what feild of arts you are in, it great to stretch out of comfort zones and try new things experimnt, this is beutiful, and we are all learning, skecthbook sundays Lindsay is your playtime, you put so much out there there is no one that puts s much content and ((top quality full tutorials and craftiness at that too)) as you do in youtube land. its great what you share with us, and you need your own growth jouney too, and that is wondefull too see. you are helping so many people out there to discover or re-dscover a hobby a interest a new past time or that you bring a lot of joy too the people here an the followers. i came across your channel a couple years ago now and enjoy all your videos. inparticaly love the water colour ones . and i love sketchbook sundays its letting us into a little peice of your learning and your development time..

    thank you so much, and look forward too seeing how your new skills will come into play and deveople over time


  8. Hi Lindsay 🙂
    Your daughters have grown so much and they are beautiful!
    What a wonderful portrait of your daughters.
    You are blessed to have them and your son. They are blessed to have you and your husband.
    God bless.


  9. Actually, I thought the one against the tree was you. You must look a lot alike. This is really a special painting. I will enjoy watching it as I do not love painting people. Thanks, Lindsay.


  10. I think you did a beautiful job on this painting and what lovely girls you have! Thanks for sharing this with us.


  11. Think you did a great job. Beautiful daughters.


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