I liked the idea of painting a person in a hat, but was quite anxious about the face as I do so little of that subject. So I chose to paint the young lady facing away from me, holding her hat against a light breeze maybe and looking out across a landscape.
To make the painting more interesting, I added a large poppy to the hat brim and I made the fields into poppy fields. I thought these two elements nicely linked into the red nail polish.
I did quite a careful drawing as I did not want the hands to look like bunches of bananas, which is so easy to do.
I masked out the stamen area of the poppy on the hat, but that is about all the preparation I did.
I painted all the elements in a traditional watercolour manner, adding a bit of splatter to the poppy fields to hopefully help the illusion along.
At the end I also added some browns to her hair as I realised that my mixture of Anthraquinachridone Blue and Burnt Umber was a little to uniformly 'black'.
For someone who rarely paints figures, I am quite pleased with the result!
Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico Extra White
300g cold pressed paper