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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˜€

 

Girl in Ballet 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 Ballet Shoes-Stage 2

 

Hello Friends!

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 Ballet 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˜€

 

Young Girl in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this painting. It is an 11×14 acrylic on canvas. This was for this week’s portrait for #Let’sFaceIt2020.

Lucy Cooke was our instructor. She painted in the colors that Henri Matisse used a lot. Hers had more black and blue, but after looking at some of his work, I wanted to go a little bolder and brighter. I really enjoed the challenge of the angles. The photo we painted from was of a girl just sitting on the floor in a library I think. But the background was too busy, so I made up my own. This was a lot of fun!

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

 

Woman in Brush Pens

Hello Friends!

I went crazy with this portrait. The instructor in my Let’sfaceit#2020 class was Jennifer Bonneteau for Week #25. She is the same instructor that I did my Frida Kahlo portrait in acrylics with.

However, I haven’t watched her videos for this one yet. She gave us the photo in black and white and a picture of her finished painting in acrylics. But I decided to draw mine in pencil on Bristol paper and use my Arteza Brush Pens to go a little crazy with the colors! It was a lot of fun, but drawing this pose was really challenging! I do plan to do this again on canvas in acrylics at some point. I think I may have signed up for too many free classes right now! But as I have said before, I just work at my own pace anyway!

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

 

 

Fairy Journal Pages in Watercolor

And a close-up of this mischevious fairy

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this 2-page spread in my fairy journal. I had a few new Daniel Smith Watercolor colors to try out. It was relaxing and fun. I wanted it to look kid-friendly since maybe someday we will have grandkids I can read to and do art with. I really miss those days of home-schooling our kids when they were grade school aged.

I have so much of my art saved from all these years of doing it, that I think I may just make my own art journals instead of doing big pieces on canvas from now on. But I do have quite a few blank canvases to use up for the course of Let’sfaceit2020 over the rest of this year. I just don’t want to invest in anymore. I can still paint with acrylics in journals and on smaller thicker paper, so my paint won’t go to waste either.

I am going to start on this week’s portrait today which is going to be in pencil, charcoal, and India ink. It should be interesting!

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

 

Portrait of a Girl with her Spirit Animal

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Yesterday, I drew and painted this portrait for my class, Let’s Face It 2020. Our instructor wasΒ Melanie Rivers, a lovely Native American artist in Canada.

Melanie works primarily in acrylics, using Golden’s Open Acrylics, which I have never tried. She says they dry slower than regular acrylics. She primarily paints portraits of women which is what she loves to do most.

In this week’s lesson she painted her portrait onto a deer skin drum which her husband made! I didn’t have one, so I used my daughter’s octagon-shaped dinner plate to trace around and cut out. The sides aren’t even, but that’s okay. I added the Spirit Animal of the Sea Turtle since I haven’t painted one in a while and I chose different colors for it which I think go nicely with her coloring.

As you may notice, I also decided to paint it in watercolors instead of acrylics since I was using 300 lb. watercolor paper and had to cut out the shape.

I have downloaded my video lessons for my next fairy painting class, Between the Realms with Katrina Koltes.Β However, I am just going to do the reading for the fairy session today. IΒ need to take a break from doing art and exercise! I have been sitting too much this week!

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

 

 

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