Since no other colleagues volunteered to have their portrait made - having, I guess, been frightened off by my earlier works - I had to do myself.

I’d run out of the cartridge paper I was using and switched to an inexpensive Profi-Block paper, which is surprisingly hard to paint with. Watercolour is absorbed almost immediately by this paper, allowing less time for feathering edges and dry-brush fix-ups. It also provides less previous colour pick-up, when attempting wet-on-wet later on. I’m sure I can get used to it, but my technique will need to change to accomodate the medium.

As for the subject; I’m sure I don’t have that much hair and I failed to capture the Oswald mouth that Grandma gave us all.

Data Description
Title Derrick
Artist Derrick Oswald
Medium Watercolour on acid-free, cellulose, fine-grained, natural-white paper
Dimensions (w × h cm) 29.7 × 42
Date 2022

watercolor of Derrick

original photograph of Derrick



A Canadian electrical engineer living in Switzerland, developing software for over 40 years, e.g. big data for electric distribution utilities and the cloud security space, but now retired.

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