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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 Underpainting

 

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Today I completed the first lesson of my portrait course with Kara Bullock which is just laying in the underpainting. I decided to do mine on a birchwood panel instead of canvas, because I’ve never used one before. Also, I didn’t put any primer on it, though, because I wanted to see what it would be like to paint on smooth wood. The pattern of the grain is interesting.

First I printed out a black and white copy of the photo Kara uses in her demonstration in an 8×10 size to fit my substrate. I decided to put carbon paper on my surface and draw the outline of the photo with pencil to transfer the image onto the wood. Next I drew grid lines on the photo dividing it in 16 squares. I did the same to my image on the wood. I realized I should have drawn my grid lines first. Then I could have drawn the girl using the grid to transfer her instead, but I got ahead of myself!

I will be using Golden’s acrylics for this painting. Kara shows how to use Burnt Umber Light mixed with water to paint the lighter parts of her face. Next she mixes Carbon Black with Pyrrole Red for the darker shadows and outline. For the background I used some carbon black mixed with a lot of water to lay in a lighter color for now.

These colors are new to me, so I am excited for the next stage which I may work on tomorrow.

I went to physical therapy twice this week. They gave me two more rubberband exercises to do for my shoulder. And I can start drawing with my right hand again! Of course, I have to start with five minutes, timed, once a day the first week, and can add five minutes a week afterwards. So today I timed myself and was able to transfer the image with my right hand. So that’s exciting! I did the rest with my left.

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

 

 

Portrait in Pens

 

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Yesterday, I decided to play around with my Faber Castell Pitt portrait-colored pens. I also used my CalliCreative Duotip colored calligraphy pens to add the red, blue, and his brown hair.

I did not intend for this to come out so bold, but I kinda like it. The portrait I drew from is pretty dark around the face, so I brightened up the background by completely changing the color of it and his clothes.

I am excited to begin my online portraiture classes tomorrow! I have SO much to learn!

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

 

 

Cat & Mouse in Charcoal

 

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Today, our cat, Wampus was lying on the floor. So I did a large gestural drawing of her in charcoal on my 18″x24″ sketch pad. And with my non-dominant hand, of course.

Since it was from the back view of her, I decided to draw what I imagined she saw…a very surprised mouse! Just for fun!

And I think she approves!

 

 

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

 

Portrait of a Woman in Gold – Mixed Media

 

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I recently purchased some gold paint and learned a little about Gusrav Klimt who was an artist in the beginning of the 20th century. Two of his most famous paintings were “The Kiss” and “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” which were both painted between 1907 and 1908.

Of course my gold paint is nothing like what Klimt and artists from earlier centuries used. They used gold leaf which is gold that’s been hammered into fine sheets.

Goldbeating is the process of pounding the solid gold into a plain leaf. AndΒ gilding is the process of using the gold leaf to adorn a surface. Many artists still use this in their work today, and I think it’s really beautiful.

I used the basic outline of a photo, but she came from my imagination. I thought about making her face more gold. Instead I decided I wanted her complexion to be dark. Also, I like the way the gold and green flowers on the washi tape underneath the gold paint shows through.

Learning to draw portraits is definitely the most challenging thing I have attempted in my art journey. And I do love a challenge!

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

 

Portrait in Pencil

 

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I began working on this a couple of nights ago and finished it last night. I drew it from a photo.

I found out about an online portrait drawing class that is 50 weeks long and starts in January. It was offered at an insanely reasonable price so I signed up for it! Learning to draw and paint portraits is something I have been wanting to do for years. Hopefully, it will be challenging and fun! I have tried to learn from books, but have never been very successful. And lately, I have just been eyeballing photos. I know tracing them isn’t “cheating,” but I just don’t like doing it as much anymore.

I hope everyone is having a blessed holiday season. Ours has been pretty relaxing this year. And my shoulder is healing well.

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

 

 

Portrait in Charcoal

 

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For the last few days I worked on sketching this Filipino girl in charcoal. The photo I used is of a younger looking girl but I decided to make her a little older looking.

I had to make a few attempts but I like how she turned out. I have found that I like drawing girls and women, especially those from various Asian cultures, because of their gorgeous features.

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

 

Pastel on Paper

 

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Here is another pastel I have been working on. This is my rendition of a pastel Degas did on tracing paper called “Woman seen from behind, drying her hair.”

I drew mine in soft and oil pastels on drawing paper, measured at 10.5″ x 11″.

It was a challenge trying to get the layers of colors the way I wanted them.

I am off to physical therapy today…my shoulder is getting better every day

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

 

 

Pastel of Another “Combing the Hair”

 

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This is another rendition I did of one of the manyΒ  pastels Degas painted of women combing their hair. I like these works just as much as his ballerina paintings. I love how soft he could make them look but also put bold dark line work in certain places as well.

One of these days I am going to begin doing my own drawings from portraits of real people when I gain a little more confidence. I also know it is not “cheating” to trace just the main outlines of a face or body, because sometimes it is easier than eyeballing a photo to try to get the proportions correct.

In other news our daughter put up the Christmas tree for us today. So the living room is a little brighter now.

I went to physical therapy yesterday and was told I am progressing well. I am doing my exercises daily and still have my arm in the sling. I think it will be on for another week or two, but I can hardly wait for when I won’t need it anymore!

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

 

 

Pastel Rendition of a Degas

 

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I played around with my soft and oil pastels last week. I did this one early last week which is called “Group of Dancers” by Edgar Degas. In some of his pastels, his images are almost ghostly looking. Some of them have blurred line work which I love.

I will be posting another I drew of a different pastel he did later this week. I am still drawing left-handed and will be for quite some time. I started physical therapy this week and will go twice a week for a couple of months, then increase to three times a week later on.

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

 

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