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Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I drew this in charcoal and painted it in acrylics. Then I used a sponge to dab acrylics into the stencils to create the background.

This is for Week #1 of Let’sfaceit2021. Our instructor was Jenny Manno.

I haven’t done the assignments for my other class, Paint Your Heart & Soul 2021, yet. One is a mini lesson on how to draw the eye in three different expressions in pencil and white charcoal on tan toned paper.ย  And the main lesson is doing a profile portrait with liquid and dry charcoal. Hopefully, I will be able to do them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Let’s Face It 2020 is Finished!

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Here are all of the portraits I did this year for my course Let’sfaceit2020! They are all hanging in my studio at the moment. And they are randomly hung. The last one is of our kids many years ago at Lassen Park near our home. I may do it over and make them bigger since their faces were so small and difficult to paint. It is a composite of four photos we took, and I painted them altogether on an 8×10″ canvas!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Christmas Mash-Up!

 

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This was a fun painting to do! I combined, or did a “mash-up”, if you will, of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Hopefully, you have heard of the second story which was written and illustrated by Tim Burton.

An art group I am in on Facebook is throwing out ideas for mash-ips of characters from various things all the time. The challenge was to mash up whatever we wanted with the characters from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. And since Charlie Brown is my favorite Christmas show, that’s what I wanted to do.

This is acrylics and pen on cardboard. I used a thick piece of cardboard that I saved from a pad of watercolor paper I used up. I save them if they are thick and use them for other things!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

“Ponyboy and Johnny” in Acrylics

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Happy Thanksgiving! Yesterday I just had to paint the sunrise scene with Ponyboy and Jonny after I finished reading “The Outsiders” for the first time. I really enjoyed the love and intense friendship these two boys shared! What a gift!

This painting is for this 47th week of Let’sFaceIt2020! (Pardon the glare in the picture.) There’s only three weeks left now. But after a two week break, it starts all over again in January, 2021.

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving if you celebrate it today. And if not, it’s still a great day to be alive!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I did Week 44 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Sara Burch. She is a very sweet and creative artist.

First I used charcoal to lightly draw her face with charcoal onto an 11×14″ piece of Strathmore drawing paper.ย  used a nibbed pen and black India ink to darken the outline of her eyes, nose and mouth and darkened her eyebrows with very black charcoal.

Next I began adding color with Liquitex acrylic inks, chalk pastels, and some acrylic paints.

I used Turquoise Deep ink to create some shadow in her face and on her neck. Next I used Cerulean Blue ink to paint the background around her head. On her face I put a small amount of Transparent Raw Sienna ink in her eyelids, the sides of her nose, and on her forehead.

When that was almost dry, I used my rubber Catalyst and swept up and over the left side of her face. The raw sienna wasn’t quite dry, and made some cool marks!

Then I added more charcoal around her nose and mouth. I used a bright pink pastel pencil and a mixture of orange and white acrylics to accent her cheeks. I liked the orange, so I began adding some around her face to indicate hair, because I love orange and blue together! And I went crazy with her hair, so I threw on some gold ink for highlights!

I used white acrylic paint to highlight her face, neck, and shirt. Then I scribbled on some charcoal lines and a little Turquoise Deep with water to add some shadows in her shirt.

It was great to play and learn how these different mediums can interact with each other! I never know what will happen until I try something new. And that is what is so fun for me!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

 

 

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 splashesย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

 

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.ย 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Portrait Mapping!

 

Hello Friends!

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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.ย 

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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