Painting – Sophie’s Auntie

Sophie’s Auntie – Copyright 2018 K A Drissel

Last year, while enjoying Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica, we bought fruit from a beautiful island woman. This lady wore her basket of fruit like a crown and was dressed as if she was going to church. In a word, she was regal. We didn’t ask her name, but when the next vendor came by, selling necklaces made out of bead and shell, she told us the fruit vendor was her ‘Auntie.’ This time I remembered to ask a name, the necklace vendor said, “My name is Sophie.” So, the title of the painting was ordained before I even put brush to paper, “Sophie’s Auntie.”

At 24 x 24 inches, the painting is larger than I usually attempt in my watercolor painting. It is painted on Arches 300 lb Cold Press paper with Winsor & Newton watercolors. My palette had a mother color, this is a shade that I mix in varying degrees into all the other colors. The mother color in this palette was Burnt Umber. Additional colors were Winsor Blue Red Shade, Winsor Blue Green Shade, Quinacridone Magenta, Winsor Yellow, Olive Green, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna. I also used my Derwent Inktense Pencils to create the flecks of color in the sand. The tip can be found here: Creating Texture with Colored Pencils. I hope you like “Sophie’s Auntie.” I relived the beautiful sunny day while I painted her and felt like I was on vacation again.

19 thoughts on “Painting – Sophie’s Auntie

    1. Timelesslady

      It’s a fun technique…it adds great texture and is very easy. The flecks can be blown away from dry areas of the paper and stick to the dampened sections.

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    1. Timelesslady

      I did it in this size because I was tired of the picture of roses in the dining room. So I measured and painted the watercolor to fit the big frame. It’s much larger than I usually paint. It reminds me a bit of your lady in the tropics that I think Sam has now. We all LOVE that painting.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Thanks Anne, she was beautiful and so efficient at what she did. I learned something watching her…she coiled a soft piece of cloth beneath the basket to balance and cushion it on her head. The bananas she sold my husband and I were delicious, probably ripened on the tree…we both still say they were the best bananas we ever had.

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