I really like the way you have left lots of white paper showing through the light washes to accentuate the light coming in from the right, beautifully painted 😀

I agree with Linda about the white parts, Seok. A stunning portrait.

Great portrait Seok. Caught the look perfectly.

Love the soft colours, Seok - and agree with the others about Leaving parts white, this always seems to make the colours come alive more.

Yes indeed, a really interesting portrait Seok, a strange saying but on occasions less is more!

Love this Seok. It's a case of less is more here.

This is lovely Seok!

Great fade-away painting Seok. Lovely use of watercolour and negative space. Nice work.

This is really lovely Seok.

Really like the effect Seok, especially the highlights.

Love this Seok, a really superb portrait

Love this watercolour portrait Seok - beautifully paintef.

Beautiful style and lovely portrait Seok.

Thanks very much, everyone! The fade away was really not my idea, but I was inspired after watching a portrait painting video by Jean Haines on how she studies her subjects. And I must give her credit too for inspiring me to paint without drawing - it resulted in my discovery here that it was much easier to paint without first drawing if I used Rough paper, where the paint takes a longer time to dry. It therefore gave me more time to think before laying down my washes.

I like this portrait and your beautiful paintings in the gallery, great style.

Very good portrait, Seok.

fresh and loose painted, congratulations Seok !

Thanks very much, Annick, Cesare and Christof!

Hang on Studio Wall

Study of the very friendly doorman at the Heritance Tea Factory, our hotel in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. "Ayubowan" is Sinhalese for "hello" and it is the word with which one is usually greeted in Sri Lanka. Watercolor on Fabriano Rough Paper.

About the Artist
Seok Yam Chew

View full profile
More by Seok Yam Chew