Abstract Figure in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

This painting was so much fun to do! It is on a 16×20″ canvas! Yesterday I watched this week’s lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 and I had to start it! However, once I got into it, I had to finish it! The reference photo was a picture of the artist, Salvador Dali, leaning up against a wall.

Our instructor this week is Pauline Agnew. She loves painting abstractly and in this lesson she showed us how she uses a Catalyst Wedge. I don’t have one so I used a really large stiff paint brush to go for the same effect. Basically, she dips the wedge in the paint and swipes it across the canvas even after painting the figure which is scary to watch! But she goes back in and puts features in and paints around the fugure, too.

After I tried the swiping with a wedge shaped piece of metal I have for sculpting, which didn’t work well, I went for the brush. So after I finished, I ordered a Catalyst Wedge. I found that they come in different sizes and also with different cut designs on the edges for getting a variety of effects. For now I just ordered the one she used.

I found that I love painting this way, though! She’s a fun teacher! I like her perspective and ideas. I hope she is going to be one of our instructors next year as well! And I am still hoping to win a free membership!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Chinese Girl in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this drawing of this cute young Chinese girl. Her clothing was my biggest challenge, but I really want to practice drawing and painting clothing! I poused an app to put the red backgroubd in for my instagram page. I like how th red looks against the white background.

Her hair was easier to make dark since on Friday I went to Michael’s and bought some darker, softer graphite pencils. When I use those, I don’t have to press as hard to darken anything so it isn’t as hard on my arm. All the ones I have are down to about 1/4 inch or less in length now; I have had them for years. I plan to get a few more pencil extenders soon so I can use the smallest pencils as completely as possible.

I don’t know what this week’s project for Let’sFaceIt2020 is going to be yet. And I am still hoping to win a free membership!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Clay Halloween Sculptures

 

Hello Friends!

The last couple of weeks I have been watching two seasonal shows. One is  called Halloween Wars. The other is called Haunted Gingerbread Showdown.

It was pretty fun to see how bakers built huge sculptured Halloween-themed scenes with baked goods, candy, and anything else food related. But on Haunted Gingerbread Showdown they had to sculpt gingerbread combined with other various ingredients to create large Halloween-themed scenes.

So this inspired me to get out my clay and play! I wanted to form some Halloween themed figures and use my largest googly eyes for fun, too.

As I hope you can see, there is a ghost, a spider, a pumpkin and a bat. The bat was the hardest to create because I didn’t try to mount or elevate it to make it look like it was flying.

Lastly, though, I had to smush them all down again so they wouldn’t dry out. This is not the type of clay that needs firing. It will harden but I don’t  want it to. But if it does, I can put it in a plastc bag with some water and it gets soft again.

I find that the fun thing about clay is that it’s easy to use…easy to clean up…and I don’t have to find somewhere to store the sculptures! So it’s great. It takes me back to the days when the kids and I used to play with Playdough for hours. That was also my favorite part of teaching preschool years ago.

I am hoping that in October at least a couple of the instructors in Let’sFaceIt2020 will do Halloween-themed portraits! But even if they don’t, I might!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Fairy Sketches in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Over the last week or so I have been working on sketching fairies in different poses after studying through my book by Brian Froud called “Good Faeries, Bad Faeries.”

I used his poses, but changed their faces and clothed them as a lot of his are nude, ha ha! Also, they don’t all have wings, but not all fairies do! I will keep working on these until I get them to look the way I want them to look.

So that’s all for now!

Have a wonderful day!

 

Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

 

Hello Friends!

This is my portrait for this 37th week of Let’sFaceIt2020. Toni Burt was our teacher again.

This didn’t take very long. It was a mini lesson where she showed us how to use charcoal to block in a standing figure with basic shapes. It’s good practice for learning how to draw tha figure.

There have been two offers by new teachers for next year’s LFI2021 classes. They will be doing drawings in October. I decided to enter both even though I had planned not to do this again next year, ha ha!

But I decided to stick with it. Even if I don’t win it, I will still get it for half price while the offer is good! So that’s a plus.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Andy Warhol in Pencil

 

Hello Friends! 

I have been working on this portrait of Andy Warhol over the last few nights. I find his features to be challenging, especially his hair! I was going to make it shorter like I’ve seen it in many photos. But then he also wore it longer at times. But the main thing I wanted to capture is the intensity of the serious expression he wore in so many photos.

My next project this week will be my next lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 with Toni Burt as our instructor.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Geisha in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I worked on painting these Geisha with acrylics. It is on an 11″x14″ canvas. This is for last week’s class of Let’sFaceIt2020. And our instructor was Jeanne-Marie Webb.

She said she has been painting a lot of plants this year, so her figures had white faces (but weren’t Geisha) and lots of leaves around them. She also only painted an indication of shoulders, but not whole bodies. So this is what I came up with for mine.

I started out with a white canvas that I painted over with black gesso, but as the painting evolved, I decided I didn’t like the dark canvas, so I painted in the scenery last to give them a brighter background.

This was a lot of fun! I want to do more Asian figures. I just love the many Asian cultures I have learned about. I think they are all beautiful people.

This week’s class is a pastel figure. So it should be fun, too. It is a mini lesson with just one short video. I am glad!

Have a wonderful day! 😀 

 

“Elves in Love” Pencil Drawing

 

Hello Friends!

A few days ago I sketched these little “elves in love,” as I call them, in pencil to work on more of my fantasy character studies.

I couldn’t begin my painting for Let’sFaceIt2020 this week until today. We had a planned power outage this week because of high winds in our area. So we didn’t have power from Tuesday night until about noon on Thursday.

I wanted to draw the figures onto a black canvas, however, I didn’t have one. So I painted black gesso onto a white canvas. It’s nice to have black gesso on hand to do this instead of buying black canvases as they are more expensive.

I am going to paint Japanese women on it with acrylics. And I’m planning to use bright colors and also paint their faces like Geshias. I hope they turn out well.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Oil Painting – My First One

 

Hello Friends!

Last week I went to town to run some errands. I haven’t been to town in quite awhile so I decided to pop into Michael’s since they aren’t as crowded these days.

I had been researching oil paints online for a couple of weeks and wanted to see if they had either of the sets I had been looking at. They did, and I opted for the Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colors. It came with several small tubes of some basic colors and a larger tube of white. However, there was no black in it which is one of the colors someone suggested I  get as a beginner. The set also came with two brushes and a bottle of a substance that can thin the paints out some.

Well, artists are not kidding when they say oil paints take a long time to dry! I painted this face from my imagination on Thursday. It is a small 8×8″ canvas. I didn’t use the thinner, but I also didn’t lay the paint on thickly. Yet it still isn’t dry. I suppose that can be a good thing if I were to want to change or fix anything.

I honestly did not like the feel of these paints. However, I know that this set I purchased is also a low-grade oil paint. I would hope the more expensive brands are much better. I watched a short YouTube video of an artist who explained what brands are best and why. The lower-grade paints have less pigment, less oil and more filler than the highest-grade paints which are made up of only oil and pigment, about half and half!

One positive thing is that the paints themselves are not fumey like I expected them to be. I learned that it is the solvents and other things artists mix with them that produce the fumes. I bought a mineral oil to clean the brushes, but I found that even soap and water works for these paints.

Anyway, I will most likely play around with them on some textured paper i have instead of using up my canvases. In fact, I may paint over this one, ha ha!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Portrait of Dynamic Proportions!

 

Hello Friends!

This was a fun painting I did yesterday. This is Week 35 in Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor was Emma Petitt. She is a really fun British woman who has been doing a portrait series of figures with proportion distortions!

This was painted in acrylics on a 300 lb. piece of Fabriano watercolor paper. I am glad I used the heavy paper, because all that paint needed the weight of the paper! It measures 20×26″!! It took me much longer to paint than to draw, but it was fun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

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