Self portrait in Black & White

Self portrait in Black & White

Incredible achievement for 30 minutes. Do like the angular brushstrokes and the tonal values Nancy.

Thank you SO much Carole, I did use flat brushes with this sketch, especially the face. thanks for catching that and your lovely comment!

Don't know how truly "you" it is Nancy, but fine work as a painting. B lack and white can be so effective. Nice work.

Beautiful portrait, Nancy.

Yes agree Nancy, great tonal values, nice work.

I like this a lot. An incredibly expressive portrait, Nancy!

Thanks so much Jim. I am learning a lot about tonal values using just black and white with faces.

Thank you Cesare for your generous comment, you paint such beautiful portraits, I continually learn from you.

And I appreciate your comment Alan, thanks for saying I achieved the values right, I am always working on it! And hello Detlev, thanks for finding this expressive, thanks for commenting!

Wonderful! I love the tonal range you've got here, and the expression you've caught.

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a quick black and white watercolor sketch of myself, its a small painting, about 6 x 8 inches, I used a timer, a 30 minute sketch. It's part of an original sketch book in the NY Arthouse Sketchbook Project Museum and Library. if interested to participate, check out their website:

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Nancy Farrar Coughlin

I have recently escaped to the coast, to Grays Harbor in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I love nature, being outdoors, the ocean as well as the woods. I am grateful for life, after a ruptured appendix and a year of healing recently; I am treasuring every day! It was time to moveā€¦

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