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Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I drew this for Week 42 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Renee Mueller again, and this was her main lesson which took a few hours!

I used black and white charcoals for her figure. Then I colored her jacket with a blend of black, white, orange and beige soft pastels.

Lastly, I darkened the top corners of the drawing and whitened the areas around her head to give her a glowing effect.

Renee Mueller is a great teacher. This was a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Sculpture of…Stoner Jeff Spicoli?

 

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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

 

 

Hello Friends!

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

 

Hello Friends!

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˜€

 

 

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