Category Archives: Art Talk

Black Woman in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

This is a portrait I worked on for a few days. I found the picture of this beautiful black woman on Unsplash.com a few months ago, but I put it aside with some others I found back then. Her skin and features just struck me as exotic.

I may try to do this one in another medium, too, at some point. Doing pencil work makes my neck sore more than painting. I think I lean to one side without realizing it, because I am usually watching t.v. in the evenings when I am sketching. But the good news is that the shoulder I had fixed last November doesn’t hurt at all. That still amazes me!

I hope everyone is doing well! Take time out to be creative! My daughter has gotten into making earrings to eventually sell online. She gave me a pair, and they are beautiful! It’s fun to see her excited about something. She starts back to college online next week and is taking five classes! We are very proud of her.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Profile in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!Β 

This week our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Juna Biagioni again. She used a pastel pencil on smooth Bristol paper, but I just wanted some practice drawing a profile

I am currently working on another profile portrait in pencil of a beautiful African American woman whose picture I found on Unsplash.com. It’s a great website to find copyright-free pictures that people can use for art. Most of the art instructors who teach these classes also get their reference photos from Unsplash.com.

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

 

 

Girl in Red Shoes

 

Hello Friends!

I worked most of yesterday to finish this 18×24″ acrylic painting of this girl in her black dress and red ballet shoes.

I didn’t watch the rest of Kara Bullock’s video for finishing this, though. I decided to do the rest on my own.

This was a lot of fun! Now I just need to figure out where to hang it.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Profile Portrait in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

I finished this portrait on Friday night. I wanted to get it done so I could stay caught up in Let’sFaceIt2020. (I can hardly believe I just finished Week #30! And our instructor was Larissa West again. I really like her.) Also, I wanted to get this one done so I can get back to working on my BIG portrait of “The Red Shoes!”

As you may know if you’ve been visiting my blog for awhile, my favorite colors are the complementary colors of purple and yellow. So I decided to do something really different with this one, and it was fun! Anyway, as far as complementary colors go, I also love blue and orange, but red and green, not so much. When I see them, I automatically think about the holidays! πŸ˜‰

I am amazed how fast this year seems to be going for me in spite of the pandemic. I am just staying busy with my art, exercise, and chores. Plus watching through a few old t.v. series’.

I hope everyone’s week went well and you are staying healthy. I decided to change the last line of my blog posts since I didn’t think it is a good idea to encourage hugging so much right now. So…until next time…

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Profile Portrait Work-in-Progress

 

Hello Friends!

This week in my Let’sFaceIt2020 class, we are beginning our unit on painting profiles which is what I have been looking forward to!

Our instructor, Larissa West, used some yellows, oranges, and reds in her portrait which is gorgeous! Also, she painted on an 8×10″ black substrate. Painting on black is so much more challenging than painting on a white surface. I have only

The only black substrate I have is a 12×12″ canvas. So I have a little more background space in mine. But I am not sure yet if I am going to paint anything in the background. I think I want to try to make her glow since she is supposed to be facing light. I want it to look like a silhouette.

So now I am researching the colors I need to make her hair blonde. I am sure I have the right colors for that. I will also be working on my other portrait this weekend.

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

 

Jack and the Giant

 

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This is a drawing I did over the last couple of nights. I recently found a small booklet called “Rackham’s Fairy Tale Illustrations” that was put together and edited by Jeff A. Menges and published in 2002.

When I was a little kid in the 1960s, I know I saw Arthur Rackham’s illustrations in old books of Grimm’s fairy tales. He also did illustrations for other books such asΒ Snowdrop and Other TalesΒ andΒ Hansel and Grethel and Other Tales both published in 1920.

I find it interesting that Menges says, “Creatures of fantasy, legend, and fairy tales represented the core of Rackham’s output. His imaginative interpretations of witches, elves, giants, and fairies have influenced many of the images that have been produced ever since.” This is exactly what I have been hoping to do – create fairy tale images from MY imagination!

My drawing is a combination of my own imagination and copying Rackham’s giant from his illustration from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” However, as you can see from his illustration, I changed mine quite a bit! For instance, my giant doesn’t have animals hanging from his belt!

My perspective is different, because I wanted the giant to be looking down at a hole in his floor where Jack is climbing up the beanstalk which, of course, did not happen in the written story. But this is my version! There’s a lot about the angle that isn’t perspectively correct, but I actually hadn’t planned on it being a finished drawing. I was just sketching in ink and then decided to use my brush pens to add the color. But it was too fun to keep it to myself!

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

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 3

And a close-up of her face

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I spent the morning working only on this girl’s face. I still have a couple of more layers to go, then I hope to move on with everything else.

It is amazing to me how long it can take to layer in just the face! I worked on this for a few hours! Of course, that inckuded having to stop and start Kara Bullock’s teaching video which in its entirety is only about 35 minutes.

It is still enjoyable seeing how colors and shadows change as the layers go on. I am loving learning the process!

I still have more to do on her face and the details of her eyes and lips before moving on to the rest.

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

 

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 2

 

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Yesterday I painted the next layers of the underpainting for “The Red Shoes.”

My phone camera makes some of it look bluer than it really is, but as I said in yesterday’s post, I don’t have the same blue that Kara Bullock used which was Prussian Blue. She mixed it with Raw Umber and Carbon Black. I used Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber, and Carbon Black. For the different shades of darkness, she also added Titan Buff. And again, that is a color I don’t have, so I used Unbleached Titanium which is close. They are both shades of off-white.

This way of painting with acrylics still feels new to me. I used books to teach myself how to paint in acrylics years ago, but I honestly don’t remember learning to paint neutral colors as a layer under the other colors. It is actually pretty fun!

In my class for Let’sFaceIt2020, we are beginning the next module of portraits in which we will be learning how to do profiles! I think these are going to be the most challenging poses of the year for me so far!

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

 

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 1

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I began working on an 18×24″ acrylic painting from a short class by Kara Bullock called “The Red Shoes.”

First I used Raw Umber and water to paint a light coating onto the canvas so that it wasn’t completely white before I began drawing the figure. This is the method Kara always uses for painting her portraits. Then I used a brown Stabilio pencil to draw her outline and features.

Next I mixed Raw Umber with Ultramarine blue to get a dark color that is not quite black. Then I went over some of the areas that will be the darkest with a light coat of carbon black. I did not use the exact colors as Kara did, because I don’t have the same blues or blacks that she has.

However, that is the great thing about watching other artists work. I learn through experimentation and by not copying them exactly. So whatever the outcome is, it will be my creation.

This is what I love about the creative journey. We can do our own thing and share it with others, but we can also watch and listen to other artists to learn new ways to enhance our own art.

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

 

Dryad Clay Sculpture

Front view

Back view

 

Hello Friends!

This week for Week #29 of Let’sFaceIt2020 Christine Romero showed us how to mold a figure out of clay. I happened to have just enough clay to mold a DRYAD!

Forming her arms and hands and branches was difficult. This was quite challenging but really fun! I enjoyed the process of sculpting. Eventually, I want to get more clay in a neutral color like Christine used and get some sculpting tools.

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

 

 

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