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Geisha in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I worked on painting these Geisha with acrylics. It is on an 11″x14″ canvas. This is for last week’s class of Let’sFaceIt2020. And our instructor was Jeanne-Marie Webb.

She said she has been painting a lot of plants this year, so her figures had white faces (but weren’t Geisha) and lots of leaves around them. She also only painted an indication of shoulders, but not whole bodies. So this is what I came up with for mine.

I started out with a white canvas that I painted over with black gesso, but as the painting evolved, I decided I didn’t like the dark canvas, so I painted in the scenery last to give them a brighter background.

This was a lot of fun! I want to do more Asian figures. I just love the many Asian cultures I have learned about. I think they are all beautiful people.

This week’s class is a pastel figure. So it should be fun, too. It is a mini lesson with just one short video. I am glad!

Have a wonderful day! 😀 

 

Portrait of Dynamic Proportions!

 

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This was a fun painting I did yesterday. This is Week 35 in Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor was Emma Petitt. She is a really fun British woman who has been doing a portrait series of figures with proportion distortions!

This was painted in acrylics on a 300 lb. piece of Fabriano watercolor paper. I am glad I used the heavy paper, because all that paint needed the weight of the paper! It measures 20×26″!! It took me much longer to paint than to draw, but it was fun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Profile Portrait of a Black Woman

 

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Yesterday I got all caught up with my portraits for Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor last week was Misty. I skipped this lesson at the time, because I was working on other things.

Misty took a picture of herself with rays of light shining on her. Then she fixed the color the way she wanted it in Photoshop. Next she painted her own portrait in oils with gold leaf paper for her background.

I, on the other hand, painted my whole painting in acrylics.  I have never used oils or bought gold leaf paper. This was such a fun painting to do! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And with the whole movement of Black Lives Matter happening, it was great timing for her class.

I hope you all had a productive and happy week!

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

“Peek-a-Boo” Girl in Acrylics

 

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I spent the last few days working on this painting. I admit I had to trace her outline. This was one of the most complicated ones I have attempted! My favorite part of this was painting her shirt.

There are some places that could be a little darker, but I had a hard time getting the right shades in the right places! Ha ha. So I am calling this one complete now. This was from Week #17 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I skipped it then. We are in Week #34 now!

I did not do the portrait lesson last week or this week yet. But I plan to catch up at some point. I have been drawing more fantasy characters in pencil. I may be able to share more later this week.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Girl in Red Shoes

 

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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! 😀

 

Profile Portrait in Acrylics

 

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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! 😉

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! 😀

 

 

Profile Portrait Work-in-Progress

 

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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. 😀

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 3

And a close-up of her face

 

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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! 😀

 

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 2

 

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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! 😀

 

 

Girl in Red 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! 😀

 

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