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Portrait in Mixed Media – Stage 2

 

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday. Yesterday I added more layers of tissue paper in her hair. I don’t think I want to paint over it again, though. Honestly, I don’t like adding too many layers, because to me, it begins to look weird. (I can’t think of a better word right now!)

Then I decided to enhance her dress with a simple design. As you can see, I also added a sea turtle tattoo to her back and more color on the flowers in her hair.

I still want to paint more details in the tattoo, the flowers, and her eyes. I struggled with getting her eyes the color brown I was going for. I kind of wish I had thought of trying to paint blue eyes instead of dark brown like the teacher demonstrated, but it’s okay. I love the way she did hers. Besides, I can do the next portrait with blue eyes.

I hope everyone has had a great week. Enjoy your weekend!

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

 

Portrait in Mixed Media-Stage 1

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I am in Week #8 of Let’sFaceIt2020 already! This week is being taught by a fantastic artist! Her name isΒ Maria Pace Wynters.Β 

She is doing her mixed media painting on a wood substrate using paper and acrylic inks, and in a few spots, also acrylic paint. She is using very bright colors and not trying to do a realistic portrait which I am enjoying! The white skin will have more shadows and highlights in it eventually, but I love doing the white!

Acrylic inks look easier to use than paint, but I cannot invest in any more mediums right now. Although, I do have one color of acrylic ink that I bought a couple of weeks ago to use in a different project, but I haven’t tried it out yet.

This is our second over-the-shoulder portrait for the class which is a huge challenge! I drew this using two photos she provided and combined the different features from each one.

First, I drew it on the canvas with pencil. Next I used some striped tissue paper for her hair. Then I used some pastel checkered tissue paper for her shirt. I glued all of that down using Liquitex Matte Medium. But I painted over most of it, so I may add another layer of those, but I am not sure yet.

When I began painting, I hadn’t planned to put the flowers in her hair that Maria paints. But she does them in such a cool and unique way, that today I decided to lay down the shapes for them. I also had to re-do the angle of her eyes. Today is only the second day I have worked on it. But there is still a lot to do!

This class is the most fun I have ever had in any art classes! All the teachers are great, and each works in a variety of ways with a variety of materials which keeps things exciting for me. So that’s all for now!

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

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is my second over-the-shoulder painting for my Let’sFaceIt2020 portrait class. The instructor was Katrina Koltes. She did a mini-lesson in watercolor which I actually enjoy more than acrylics. So it was a nice change for me.

She made it with an etheral look like the girl has leaves for hair. This was a challenge since I painted it from the reference photo she provided without tracing it. I had fun with this one!

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

 

Portrait of a Grounded Woman

 

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Yesterday I painted this on 10″x14″ Aqvarelle Arches 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper. I used acrylics in thin layers.

I took a short class fromΒ Melanie Rivers called Feet on the Ground: Soul Grounding.Β She will be one of our instructors in Let’sFaceIt2020 at some point, but this is a class she offers on her website atΒ https://www.melanierivers.ca/

I love Melanie’s calm voice and clear instructions. I was even able to download the videos so I can do this again sometime.

I used different colors than she did in her demonstration, but I wanted to emphasize the woman’s hoodie. The class is called Feet on the Ground, because the first thing I did was paint the bottoms of my feet brown, and stepped on the paper. But my footprints got covered up more than I thought they would. So I know I will do this again at some point. But I love the way it turned out and I learned a lot about painting shadows and highlights on a face. This was relaxing and fun!

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

 

Portrait of Toddler in Acrylics

 

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This is Week #6 of my Let’s Face It 2020 portrait class. Our instructor was Sabra Awlad Issa who lives in the Netherlands!

I watched all of the videos where she shared how she painted from a photo of this toddler on a wide street. I really had a difficult time with the flesh tones and getting her facial features as accurate as possible. It was so challenging!

This is a 24″ x 18″ acrylic painting done on 300 lb. watercolor paper. I felt a little stressed out while painting it, but I am glad I stuck with it. I feel like I am learning a great deal.

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

 

Portrait in Pencil

 

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Last night I sketched this in one of my art journals…the one with notebook paper, thus the lines, ha ha!

I want to redo this one better and do a painting of her in watercolors or acrylics. Her neck isn’t quite long enough, but I think it will be easy to fix.

I also want to practice painting darker skin tones. I am really enjoying the things I am learning from all of the different teachers in my portrait classes.

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

 

 

 

Portraits in Pen & Ink

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Today I did Lesson 5 of the Let’sFaceIt2020 portraiture classes. Our instructor, Lucy Cooke, demonstrated using ink with twigs, a paint brush, and pens with nibs, all dipped in ink.

I really tried to draw with twigs, but the end results were disastrous! Then I tried the pen with a couple of different sized nibs. Those ended up in the circular file as well.

So I got out a small paint brush and ended up with six little portaits on 4″x6″ cards. I decided they were enough for one afternoon. I love experimenting with different drawing tools, but twigs felt weird!

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

 

 

Portrait in Acrylics Finished

 

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I am finally…maybe…done with this one! I worked on it for a long time today. I see some things I’ll eventually fix, but I just want to move on to Week #5 in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait class.

I couldn’t get her left eye right, but I do think it’s better than the first girl we did a month ago. I still want to do that one over!

Well, this week’s lesson is one short video with a different instructor showing us how to draw portraits in pen on 4″x6″ cards! That will feel weird after painting this large acrylic portrait! But it will be fun!

I also have a couple of other fun projects up my sleeve that I will share soon.

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

 

 

Second Acrylic Portrait – Stages 2 and 3

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Yesterday and today I have been working on the fourth portrait for my online class, Let’sFaceIt2020. The instructor this week isΒ Amy Beeman.Β She is really fantastic!

I love how she explains and demonstrates what colors to mix and lay down for each layer of the portrait. I am enjoying this so much! And for me, the best part is, my shoulder doesn’t hurt after a couple of hours of working like it used to! Yay! It is healing so well!

So here are my next two stages of the painting.

STAGE 2

 

STAGE 3

 

 

In the picture she is teaching from, the girl has beautiful red hair. So working dark to light will be interesting. There are also shadows around her face and in her hair which makes it even more challenging. It is only about 2:15 p.m. right now in northern California, so I am going to watch the next video for how to do the next layer, but I haven’t decided yet whether I am also going to paint it today. My stomach is growling for a late lunch!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

Portrait of Frida Kahlo in Acrylics

 

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Today I decided to finish Frida! Since I painted her in a bright red, black, and touches of gold, I decided to do a neutral colored background.

This painting was a lot of fun to do. I like the way it turned out. She was an interesting woman to study. I hope everyone is having a nice week!

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

 

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