Portrait of My Daughter-Stage 1

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to start a painting in acrylics of my daughter when she was younger. This is the underpainting done with Golden’s Raw Umber and a brown Stabilo water-soluble pencil. The faint lines are from the grid I drew to divide the canvas in 9 parts and transfer the photo’s image.

She had long hair then which was a brownish blonde color. The photo also has a lot of shadow in it. But I have been wanting to learn how to do a “pixelated” portrait, so I am also doing Kara Bullock’s “Pixelated Portraits” class. She demonstrates how to do several portraits, but I decided to try the first one using a photo reference of my daughter instead.

So we will see how it turns out in a few days! I feel up for the challenge! Stay well everyone.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Portrait of a Girl Praying in Acrylics

 

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Yesterday and today I worked on the assignment for Week 12 of Let’sfaceit2020. The instructor was Larissa West. She said this was her mini lesson which she covered in two short videos. So she will be doing her longer lesson sometime in the fall but in oils. Most likely I will still be doing mine in acrylics.

I liked the pose in the picture she picked. I especially liked the closed eyes! The angle was challenging as well as the darker skin tone, but I have been wanting to paint more dark skin tones, too.

I call this one “Girl Praying” because our world is in so much need these days. I think as long as we are all reaching out to the one we believe in, healing will come, in spite of people’s different beliefs.

I hope you are all doing well wherever you are, and I pray you stay well!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Ink

 

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Yesterday I completed this week’s lesson in my Let’s Face It 2020 class. The teacher was Deanna Strachan-Wilson.

I really enjoyed this. First, on Tuesday, I drew it lightly on a piece of 300 lb. Fabriano watercolor paper measuring 18″ x 24.” Then I painted it yesterday. I used calligrapy ink and a paintbrush to paint his clothes. Then I used a calligraphy marker, which has a chiseled tip on one end and a fine tip on the other, to do the outlining and some detail in the hair. I also decided to paint his hair a greenish blue color instead of blond.

I hope everyone is staying well! I don’t have much of a problem with being on lockdown because of the Covid-19 virus, but I hope it is over soon, because people need their jobs! It’s hard to know when things will get back to normal. In the meantime, I wish you all well.

I have lots of art projects to do, books to read, and family to visit with. So I am never bored!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Self-Portrait from My Younger Days!

 

 

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I have a picture of myself that my husband took of me many years ago. He caught me by surprise, but I turned around with a mischevious grin! It is one of the few pictures I have liked of myself, so I wanted it to be my first self-portrait.

The background in the original picture is a white wall, and I had a dark green shirt on. But I decided to change the colors to brighten up the painting.

I used acrylic inks and watercolors for this one on 300 lb. watercolor paper. It is a 7″x10″ piece of scrap paper I had left over from something else.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Pastel of a Secretary Bird

 

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Today I decided to do something I have been intending to do for a long time…draw (or paint) a Secretary Bird! They are funny looking for sure, especially in this pose!

An aquaintence on Facebook did just the face of one which is wild looking depicting the crazy week she had! So I told her I have been wanting to do one for awhile now. So she encouraged me saying she can’t wait to see mine.

I love how artists who have never met in person can become friends with others all over the world and share our art and inspire each other! It’s so fun!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Today I painted this girl in watercolor for Week #10 of Let’sFaceIt2020 with Lucy Brydon. I couldn’t believe she happened to pick a reference photo from Unsplash.com that I already had! I printed it out last week to use as a reference photo for a charcoal portrait which I still plan to do.

I have been wanting to learn to paint darker skin tones for awhile now. I think I want to try painting this one in acrylics at some point, too.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Little Girl in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

First, this is a work-in-progress. I have been thinking a lot about what I really want to do with my art lately.

The topic of abuse is always in the forefront of my mind, and not just the abuse of women and children. All types of people and animals get abused every day and it is devastating to their souls.

The other day I drew this little girl who has been beaten and bruised and is feeling confused and broken as she sits in her closet. I tried to draw it so some of her room is in the background, but I added it as an afterthought, and the perspective is off. That’s okay, though, because it is not finished anyway. Some parts need to be darkened.

I have an idea in mind for a series I want to do, but it hasn’t surfaced onto paper yet. But it will be about a woman whose husband is physically abusive, but she decides to do something to help herself. It may be awhile yet before I can post any of it since I am also doing Let’sfaceit2020 all year as well. But this is my latest idea, so I decided to share it with you.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Portrait of a Girl in Acrylic Inks

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to use some great discount coupons to buy a few colors of Liquitex Acrylic Inks.Β I got a really great deal on on a set of primary colors and then also bought some Transparent Raw Sienna and Transparent Burnt Sienna, because I have plans to use them in other portraits. This was the medium used by Maria Pace Wynters in Week #8 of Let’sFaceIt2020. She uses hers on wood substrates, but I don’t have any of those. So I plan to use them on canvas and paper for now.

The “primary” blue in this set is really a Cerulean Blue Hue which is much lighter than an actual primary blue, but I like it! It is one of my favorite blue hues.

These inks come in 1 oz. bottles with droppers. So I just put some in my metal tray a drop at a time, (which goes a long way) and used small paint brushes on an 8″x 8″ canvas I had on hand.

I used a photo that Ivy Newport provided for this mini lesson on her website. She will be one of the instructors in my Let’sfaceit2020 class at some point, too. I love her way of teaching and her sweet spirit. You can find her classes atΒ https://ivynewport.com/ Personally, I am doing her Studioworks classes; she provides a different theme and writes about a different artist each month. She also offers other courses she teaches as well as courses taught by other artists. You can find these on her website.

Ivy is an open, honest and very sweet person. I highly recommend her as an art instructor! This was a fun portrait to do! I have a lot to learn about these acrylic inks, but as you know, I love learning new things!

I hope everyone has had a nice week!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of Woman in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

This is my portrait in charcoal for Week #9 of Let’sFaceIt2020 with charcoal artist, Robert Kelley. Actually, I only watched the first video since I have done charcoal drawings before.

We are still doing over-the-shoulder portaits. This drawing was easier than a painting for sure! I enjoyed the relaxation as I could also work on it while watching t.v. in the evening.

I have also been working on some pencil drawings that I will post later this week and next week.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media Finished!

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Yesterday I decided to finish this portrait. I added more color to her hair, because I didn’t like the dark streaks after all. Then I painted some Liquitex Irridescent Gold acrylics into her hair and on her back.

I also changed her eye color to blue, because I think her eyes stand out more with all of the turquoise surrounding her.

After that I used a small stiff paintbrush to dip into the irridescent gold and pulled back on the bristles with my thumb to splatter dots of gold in the background.

Lastly, I also added a little detail to her sea turtle tattoo. He has a hat on with the bill flipped back. He is a character I created a few years ago when I took the children’s book illustration course.

I can’t believe how many different types of art and writing classes I have completedΒ  in the last five years. It has surely been an adventure! I have had so many talented instructors and lots of encouragement. And I am filled with the joy of learning and growing.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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