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Portrait in Acrylics Finished

 

Hello Friends!

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

 

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

 

Hello Friends!

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

 

Hello Friends!

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˜€

First Portrait in Acrylics Finished

 

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˜€

 

 

First Portrait in Acrylics, Stage 2

 

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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!

 

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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˜€

 

Chinese Toddler in Mixed Media

 

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Here is my latest project! It is on a flat 8×10 canvas. First, I drew her on with pencil. Then I used a variety of washi tape patterns to make her coat. I used a “cardinal red” acrylic for that and her red bow. Than I used some dark pink for the other bow.

I used a variety of colors for her skin. In the picture I have her hand is a little shadowed which I found extra challenging as her face is much lighter.

The biggest challenges were her hair and the background. I couldn’t get my tiniest brushes to cooperate with my paints for her hair. Her hair is thin and wispy but I still may try to go over it at another time and get it less blocked looking.

Finally, I wanted to use a complimentary color to bring out the pinks and reds. So I chose my Golden’s Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) to paint the background and added a bouquet of pre-made cut flowers by gluing it to the canvas with Liquitex Matte Medium. Lastly, I went over the whole painting with the matte medium so the flowers and washi tape would stay adhered and give it a little bit of a glossy look.

This was a lot of fun and quite a challenge to complete with my nondominant hand! The washi tape was especially difficult to cut and place. But I really like the way it turned out.

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

 

 

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