Mary Magdalen and John the Baptist
These are watercolor/gouache studies for a large scale oil painting designed for St. Thomas Aquinas in Zanesville, Ohio. Mary Magdalen is finished in oil so far, John the Baptist is still in progress. The pastor had the idea for the project–to create a reredos in the sanctuary picturing all dominican saints. The two closest to the tabernacle were St. John and St. Mary Magdalen, considered to be the first preachers of Christ, which is relevant because the dominicans are called the order of preachers.
For this watercolor effect I tried doing a very detailed high-contrast underpainting in burnt umber then spray