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Portrait of a Grounded Woman

 

Hello Friends!

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 a 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 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˜€

 

 

Portrait of Frida Kahlo in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!Β 

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˜€

 

Frida Kahlo Portrait – Stage 2

 

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I know yesterday I said I was going to take a break. Well, that didn’t happen! Instead I cranked up some Moody Blues and decided to work on Frida.

I did not plan on doing this much, but I don’t write down my color mixtures, so while I had paints mixed for the colors that were working, I went for finishing everything except her clothes and the background.

I may finish her tomorrow morning before I have to go to physical therapy in the afternoon. Then later in the week I will get back to my other portrait.

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

 

Portrait Work-in-Progress

 

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Yesterday I wanted to start on my Lesson #4 in the Let’sFaceIt2020 group, so I have not finished my Frida Kahlo portrait yet.

I am hoping this one will turn out better than the first painting I did for this class! It’s a different teacher, but I think I understand more about layering and color mixing in acrylics…hopefully!

I may have to take a break today, though, because my arm is a little sore. I didn’t use my non-dominant hand on this one!

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

 

 

Frida Kahlo Underpainting

 

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Yesterday I decided to trace a copy of a portrait of Frida Kahlo onto a hard thick piece of cardboard that I saved from an old pad of 300 lb. watercolor paper. I am using Golden acrylics, and this is my underpainting. Tomorrow I hope to lighten the shadows on her neck.

I have always admired Frida’s unique flare in the way she dressed. Plus she had striking facial features and was known for her unibrow which she emphasized in her self-portraits.

In my portrait class this week, a different teacher did a demonstration of how to draw a portrait on an iPad which I don’t have. There are others who also don’t have iPads, so they drew from the photo she provided. I will still attempt it at some point. But I want to finish my Frida painting first.

I hope you all are doing well. My shoulder is healing well enough for me to paint with my right hand again. But I won’t be able to get back to the level of productivity I was at three months ago for quite some time. The good news is that I only have to go to physical therapy once a week now.

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

Portrait in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Well, here is my first portrait from my Let’sFaceIt2020 class. I really had a hard time with this, but I guess it’s okay for a start.

I actually redid it on canvas instead of continuing with the board I started with. I found the board’s surface too unforgiving.

Our next project is just a whimsical drawing, but I haven’t had a chance to do that one yet.

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

 

 

Portrait in Acrylics, Stage 2

 

Hello Friends!

The first time I began painting this, my proportions and colors didn’t look right at all. So, I decided to to use some white gesso to cover the face and neck and the background so I could start those parts over.

The mistake I made the first time was trying to paint AFTER watching the videos of Kara Bullock’s demonstrations. That turned out to be a disaster!

So after I gessoed over it, I began slowly following along with her steps. I like how this is looking much better. She teaches how to paint in layers which is something I haven’t done much of in acrylics. It is certainly challenging! I used my right hand in a few spots, but have to keep using my left while my shoulder heals.

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

 

 

Portrait of a Filipino Girl on Christmas Morning!

 

Hello Friends!

I have had a picture of a Filipino girl printed out for years that I wanted to use to paint a portrait. So yesterday I got it out and began.

I liked the photo because she is wide-eyed and looks surprised (or maybe scared! Ha, ha!) The hardest part in portraiture painting, for me, is trying to get the skin tone right. In the photo, she looks pale, but I think in my painting I didn’t get her coloring quite dark enough. So I still have lots to learn about portraiture which is exciting. And to make it fit the season, I decided to make her shirt green and the background red. Then I threw on some gold sparkles for good measure.

I went to physical therapy yesterday, and I only have to wear my sling while I sleep now! My shoulder is healing nicely. I can’t believe it has been seven weeks already!

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. Mine has been stress-free this year which has been a blessing. I did all my shopping online!

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

 

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