Faces of Summer

World Watercolor Month has now come to an end. I did not complete a watercolor each day. I didn’t even come close.

At the time WWM began, I had just started working on watercolor portraits, so I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the challenge. You probably remember the portrait I did for the first prompt word – rejoice.

I loved that bright, shiny face looking toward the light. I loved the thought of the sun on my face, summer days, memories of climbing trees, playing with friends, and enjoying every minute of summer vacation. That idea, I decided, would become my theme for July’s World Watercolor Month.

Not just portraits, but portraits of children, a series I called “Faces of Summer”. I began with my “watercolor warm-up” time each morning, splashing colors on paper and then allowing it to dry. Next I drew the images — which was sometimes a bit tricky because of the underlying colors. Finally, I painted the faces. Some turned out better than others. That’s to be expected when doing a series of any sort.

I’m not showing all of my “faces of summer” here. Some were just too awful to share. Despite the results, I’ve enjoyed working on this series. Initially I thought I would continue the project even after the final day of World Watercolor Month. It is, after all, still summer.

But today I decided to set the project aside. I’ve learned a lot from it, and I’m ready to move on to other things. I have several oil paintings in progress, Inktober will be coming up before we know it, and I’m devoting a lot of time to graphite drawing, too. In other words, my focus is shifting away from watercolor toward other media.

So, I have only a few “Faces of Summer” to show. If you pull each portrait up individually, you will see it captioned with the WWM prompt word it represents.


The additional image — featured on the post — is the summer sun itself, shining down upon us, giving us warmth, giving us light.



I hope everyone is staying safe and well this summer.


  1. The paradox of watercolor is that it has to look effortless but is in fact the most difficult medium to work with. I immediately thought of recommending copying the watercolors of John Singer Sargent. When I googled his watercolors, I found Ewa Ludwiczak, who was new to me. Lots of faces, worth copying!

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    1. I’m not familiar with Ludwiczak. I will look the artist up. I’ll probably be putting my watercolors aside for a while now and spending more of my time on oil painting. Especially as autumn approaches, the colors on my palette will be changing too. Autumn is just such a perfect time for oil painting! šŸ™‚

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      1. Yes, I typically do šŸ™‚ In winter, I’m inspired by snowy scenes so that’s what I paint. In autumn, I paint autumn scenes. Nature is always changing and is always beautiful.


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