Sculpture of…Stoner Jeff Spicoli?

 

Hello Friends!

On Sunday after I finished my Picasso inspired mixed media piece, I still wanted to play. Last week I printed out a picture of Sean Penn’s character, Jeff Spicoli, from the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. He was my favorite character when the movie first came out, because back then, I was a stoner, too! Yep, I spent 10 years of my life partying until I got burnt out on it at the age of 27. True confession. But hey, some of us have a sordid past.

Moving right along, I find sculpture to be as difficult as oil painting, but more fun! And obviously, this does not really resemble Sean Penn or his character! But after I finished it, I grabbed some old wrapping paper (that actually represents the 1970s), but I like the colors, and it kind of reminded me of the poncho he wears in the movie. So I set it in front of some construction paper and took a picture!

I just love being spontaneous and creative. It sure is healthier than some of the stuff I used to do!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚Β 

 

 

Picasso Inspired Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I spontaneously grabbed a 10 x 20″ canvas that I had painted a brownish beige in oils a few days ago. Then I got out my pastels, soft ones and oil pastels, picked out just a few colors, and began drawing lines and shapes.

First I used a black oil pastel and a soft chalky white one. Then I drew in the upper left corner with my orange oil pastel. After that I just started drawing various other body parts and began playing with the colors. Keeping the colors to a minimum and working on balancing them was fun!

Lastly, I used a paintbrush to swipe on some Hansa Yellow acrylic paint. Then I mixed some Pyrole red into the yellow and finished the painting with splashesΒ  of orange.

I had no specific plan or image in mind when I began which was why it was so fun! I just felt inspired by Picasso after doing some reading about him, so I just followed my nose.

Also, I learned late Monday that this post was my 1000th post on this blog! Wow!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚Β 

 

Audrey Hepburn in Oils

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Yesterday, I finished this oil painting, my second one ever! This medium is so much more difficult than any other paint medium I have tried! Just cleaning the brushes alone is a process!

Anyway, I found a picture of Audrey Hepburn dancing and just had to try drawing and painting her! Also, I drew it from an 8×10 printout of the photo, but made her large enough to fill a 10×20″ canvas! I also made her shirt grey instead of black like it is in the photo. I wanted to be able to see her left arm which blends in with her pants in the photo, because she’s wearing all black.Β 

I have to say that I have become a bit captivated by her since I began reading the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney. She was an intriguing person and an inspiration to many. Sweet. graceful, and down-to-earth is how I would describe her. So if you want to know more about her, I would recommend this book. The reading is easy and enjoyable and definitely not bogged down with boring or useless information like a lot of biographies I have tried to read in the past.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

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Portrait Mapping!

 

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This was a fun exercise! Our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 this week is Melanie Rivers again. She provided a black and white photo to show us how to map shadows and highlights for a portrait. So we only used three colors: Burnt Umber, Payne’s Gray and Titanium White. I used acrylics on Bristol paper.

She did this exercise with us to show us how to draw the shapes of the different tones: darkest, mid-tones, and lightest. This didn’t take very long and was pretty fun!

Also, I decided to go ahead and purchase Let’s Face It for 2021. I have been learning so much this year, and it has been so challenging. Plus, it has really helped me stay focused on portrait art for an extended time. But I think what I have loved most is the variety of teachers, styles, and mediums I have learned about this year. I can hardly believe we only have nine more weeks left!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

 

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Yesterday I painted this 9×12″ watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb. soft watercolor paper. It is a more delicate surface, but I think I like it!

This portrait was for Week 40 of Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor was Angela Kennedy again. I love watching her paint! I think we only have 10 weeks left for this year. I still haven’t decided whether I am going to go for another year or just decide not to take classes for awhile. I still have another few days to decide before the bargain price is gone.Β 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

 

Audrey Hepburn in Monochrome

 

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Yesterday I decided to paint my first monochrome painting in acrylics. This was really challenging, however, I was working from a black and white photo that is the cover of the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney.

The only colors I used were, black, white, and Payne’s Gray. I painted it on a 12×12″ canvas. I was going to do a charcoal drawing of it first. But I started sketching it in pencil and then decided to paint it in acrylics instead. I still may do a charcoal drawing of her, but from a different picture.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Portrait in Acrylic Inks

 

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This week our lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 was with Sara Burch. She used acrylic inks and acrylic paint on an 8×10 wood cradle board. Her painting was more abstract and completely different from mine, though.

The only cradle board I had on hand had a pink elf in mixed media on it that I never really liked. So I just painted over it!

This image was originally done by Kim Fujimata for the cover of a CD called “The First Flute, Songs of Courtship” by Ron Allen. I have had this CD for years and have always loved the cover. My painting is similar, but not exactly like hers. But I wanted to give her the credit she deserves for such a beautiful piece of work!

I really enjoyed watching how Sara uses acrylic inks. This was so fun!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Picasso in Acrylics

 

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Yesterday I wanted to try painting a leaning figure abstractly again. So…I looked for pictures of Pablo Picasso. The one I used for a reference shows him leaning against the side wall of something that kind of looks like a tunnel. I didn’t want the background to be too prominent, though. So I made him larger in proportion to the tunnel he is standing in.

I exaggerated figure so his head is large in proportion to his shorter torso. But I just went with the flow and did my own thing! So it was a lot of fun! I spent more time on it than I had originally thought I would, but it was time well spent.

Have a wonderful day!

Cardinal in Mixed Media

 

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The other day I covered this 8×10 wood panel with collage. Then today I decided to paint this Cardinal on it with acrylics. I had fun painting this since it has been ages since I have painted any birds. It was a nice change of pace.

I hope everyone has had a nice week. I had a relaxing week drawing and painting smaller things and cleaning up my studio. I made a space for a new floor easel I just ordered! It will support canvases up to 72″ high! Of couse I have never painted anything nearly that large! And I don’t know if I ever will, but at least I won’t have to bend over a table or sit on the floor to paint large canvases anymore! So for that I am grateful.

I found a great sale on an all wood H-frame easel made by So Ho. I am feeling a little nervous about getting something like this shipped in the mail and then having to put it together, but hopefully, everything will go fine.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Audrey Hepburn in Pencil & Charcoals

 

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Last night I was thinking about watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” again, but decided to draw a portrait of Audrey Hepburn instead. But this is obviously not what her character looked like in the movie.

This was really fun and challenging, because she had such beautifully unique features, namely her eyes and cheek bones. I also used a gray-toned stick of charcoal that actually looks like a yellowish-brownish color which I like a lot. I think it gives her more character somehow. So on my app for Instagram I found a background colir to compliment it.

I found snapshots from the movie of her holding “Cat” which I would like to try and paint. I went crazy browsing on Pinterest last night!

I have more energy this week since I finished my class for Let’sFaceIt2020 on Monday! I want to paint another abstract portrait but try using a credit card to do the swiping since I won’t get my wedge painting tool in the mail until next week.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

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