I will be in Bend, Oregon in August giving a workshop on my "California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture" style. I was fortunate enough to be contracted about a year ago to conduct this week long workshop for "Art in the Mountains", a prestigious workshop venue that hosts some of this country's best watercolor artists. Check out the link here. My California Vibe portrait style is not too formulaic. I approach each CA Vibe portrait with differently with a sense of play and experimentation. This does.t always spell out success, but it sure is fun and exciting! What is in common to all the portraits is fun and expressive color, textures, shapes, and brush movement. But to conduct my workshop with too much free form can often be too much for my students to grapple. They can easily get frustrated. These two portraits of a same young man has a simple, free form plan that I think they can sink there teeth into. The painting model is too take a 3 to 4 inch flat brush as well as a large round brush and quickly lay down some large, free form washes, wet-on-wet and with a set of from three to no more than six colors already mixed and ready to go on the painting palette. All the colors need to be on the light end of the value scale. Then it is time to walk away and let the colors do their thing while drying. The second and final operation is to render the facial features, darker values, a few more glazed-in colors, and some textural touches like splattering. The first painting is the more complex one with about six different hues while the second one takes a more moderate approach with a minimal range of hues. What do think of this approach, dear reader? By the way, in their Sept. issue, the European magazine "The Art of Watercolour" will have an article on my California Vibe style of self-portraiture. I'll be sure to post photos when the time comes.