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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

 

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Andy Warhol in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!ย 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Geisha in Acrylics

 

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

 

“Elves in Love” Pencil Drawing

 

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Oil Painting – My First One

 

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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 Iย  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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Profile Portrait of a Black Woman

 

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Yesterday I got all caught up with my portraits for Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor last week was Misty. I skipped this lesson at the time, because I was working on other things.

Misty took a picture of herself with rays of light shining on her. Then she fixed the color the way she wanted it in Photoshop. Next she painted her own portrait in oils with gold leaf paper for her background.

I, on the other hand, painted my whole painting in acrylics.ย  I have never used oils or bought gold leaf paper. This was such a fun painting to do! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And with the whole movement of Black Lives Matter happening, it was great timing for her class.

I hope you all had a productive and happy week!

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

Profile Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I watched the videos for Week #33 which is going to be a portrait I will probably skip for now. So instead I painted this week’s portrait which is painted from an old photo from long ago! My daughter said she looks Roman!

This is Week #34 with Lucy Brydon. All I could do was print out the photo she used. Our internet service is really slow right now, so I wasn’t able to download her videos. Iย don’t always spend the time watching the instructor’s videos anyway. I like to do my own thing which is part of what these classes are all about…finding your own style.

The woman in the photo is very pale which was a challenge. Also, she is surrounded by leaves in the background, but I decided I didn’t want to do all of that. However, she does have bright orange hair! That was fun.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Girl with Purple Hair in Watercolors

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this girl for Week #32 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor for this was MJ Lindo. However, she used gouache paints, where as I opted for watercolors. I don’t really like the chalky feel of gouache paint.

I have two more portraits to do to catch up, but that’s okay. I have been working on other things. Iย hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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