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Let’s Face It 2020 is Finished!

Hello Friends!

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! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of Two Women in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I drew this portrait for Let’sFaceIt2020. It is for Week 48 which was last week. I couldn’t do it then, because I strained my back. So I took a whole week off from doing art. I drew in my sketchbook a little, but mostly took care of myself.

Our instructor for this class was Robert Kelley who draws primarily in charcoal. It’s pretty amazing to watch him. This drawing is also large! I drew it on a piece of Strathmore drawing paper that is 18×24″! It was quite a challenge. I am not used to working in charcoal on such a large piece. I kept smudging stuff, but it was fine, because I would just rub stuff in for shadows in spots.

This week is our last week for the year, and it is a big project. I am not sure when I will get to start on it, because it is supposed to be a collage, and we are supposed to use our own photos. Our instructor, Kara Bullock, did it in acrylics on canvas! So I am still deciding on what photos I want to use. They are supposed to “tell a story.” It should be interesting!

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. It is great that there is at least a vaccine for the virus now! I think it’s pretty awesome that the first person to get it is a 90 year old woman!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Portrait in Charcoal on Cardboard

 

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On Sunday I decided to do this portrait in charcoal on cardboard. Kara Bullock has a free tutorial on her website which I saw a long time ago but just kept forgetting to do. So I sat down to do it which was great fun! It is challenging to use this medium on cardboard, but I like the way it turned out!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Scooby-Doo in Pencil

 

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Friday night we killed an hour watching an old fun favorite cartoon, “”Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”

So I decided to draw ole Scoob! So fun.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I finished this portrait for Week 46 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Yvonne Morell. I used tissue paper for our shirts. Then I used a stencil in several different positions to sponge on the hanging plant that was behind us. Thick patterned paper is what I used for the chairs. And I just painted the corner of the table and added little stickers on it. All of the paint is acrylics. In the background I dipped a small porous sponge in Burnt Sienna paint to make the pattern on the wall.

The picture I used is one my mom took on my 21st birthday. My dad was famous for photo bombing whenever she tried to take pictures of me or my brothers. It used to make her so mad, ha ha! But I am so glad he did it that day. It is my favorite picture of him. (And he definitely turned out better than I did!) I had the hardest time with my own face! Maybe I’m not so vain after all, ha ha!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Ink

 

Hello Friends!

It has been quite a while since I posted! I hope you are all doing well.

I painted this last week for Week 45 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Christine Romero. We began our unit for drawing two figures.

I just finished the portrait for Week 46 today which I will post tomorrow. Then it is on to Week 47! The class is almost over already!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

 

Marilyn Monroe #3

 

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Last night I painted this in watercolors. To get the pattern in her shirt, I dropped coarse sea salt on the wet paint and let it dry. Then I scraped it off. I like this technique for obtaining patterns on clothes. I never know how it will turn out which makes it more fun!

Then this morning I decided to add some acrylic inks for more intense color and bring out some details in her hair. I also added red acrylic ink to her lips and shirt. Lastly, I added the black India ink.

I really enjoyed the challenge of drawing and painting this pose with her head turned up.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Marilyn Monroe in Ink and Watercolor #2

 

Hello Friends!

This morning i decided to paint Marilyn Monroe again. I drew her lightly in pencil first last night. Then I decided to paint her in watercolor and added India ink to her features. And I used acrylic inks for her shirt.

I used a picture of her from when she was older than in the last painting I did of her. I enjoyed doing this one even more because her hair was styled differently, and part of her arms and hand are showing as well. I also really like the gold color of her shirt.

I have been considering doing a series of ink and watercolor portraits soon. I just can’t decide whether I want to do a series of a famous person or an unknown person.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Marilyn Monroe in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to paint a young Marilyn Monroe using ink and watercolor since I remembered how much I liked using these two mediums together after I did this week’s lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020.

I didn’t use as much ink in this one especially not the thick lines I can get with my felt calligraphy-tipped pen. But that’s because I wanted a much softer look to this portrait.

This was fun, and there may be more to come!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Deanna Strachan-Wilson. She provided us with a PDF file only instead of a video for this week’s mini lesson.

Our mediums were black ink pens of different thicknesses and watercolors. We painted on Vellum Bristol paper. Mine is 100 lb. weight paper which is a nice paper to do mixed media on. It is smooth and just the right thickness. This was a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

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