Watercolor is not my favorite medium, but the easy cleanup, fast drying time, and cheap paper make it ideal for doing little sketches to capture the general idea of what I might like to do in oils later. A while back I did a quick sketch of Yoda (12×12 inches) and a Bouguereau (Les Deux Baigneuses (The Two Bathing Woman) (5×9 inches). I photographed them real quick tonight to share with everybody.
The Bouguereau wasn’t laying flat when I photographed it, but the curled paper was in a good enough position for a quick blog post without flattening it.
Bouguereau is one of my favorite artists and I have done a lot of copying from his work. I’ll show a sketch I did in oil from one of his paintings some other time. But this watercolor sketch I did is a good example of how color palettes can vary a lot affecting the mood of a painting if you compare it to the original.