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Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 3

And a close-up of her face

 

Hello Friends!

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

 

Hello Friends!

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! 😀

 

 

Gothic Ballerinas-Mixed Media #2

 

Hello Friends!

It took me a couple of nights to figure out how to draw these ballerinas from one of the dances in Swan Lake. I watched the dance from a production of the ballet on Youtube. When I saw them posed in this way, I paused it and did a rough sketch of them. Then I worked out how to draw them the size I wanted for the 12″x12″ canvas.

After I finished the drawing, I turned it over and used charcoal to color over the outlines of the dancers. Then I put that side down on the white canvas and drew over the drawing with pencil so it would transfer the charcoal to the canvas. And once I outlined it darker on the canvas, I did the painting in acrylics mixed with gloss mefium so it would be somewhat transparent to let the washi tape show through. I had already prepared the canvas with it before.

I was going to paint it with the same colors as my first one, but I ended up painting over most of the teal blue background with purple, streaking it to look like curtains, but leaving the yellow for stage lighting. And after I painted the ballerinas white, I decided to leave the washi tape on the canvas unpainted for their dresses.

I wanted to use the quinacridone magenta again, too, which made a bright stage. Then below that I painted the purple mixture over the magenta and put gray spots down for the “heads” in the audience.

I really had a lot of fun with this one!!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

Gothic Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

A few days ago I covered this 12″x16″ canvas with a few different patterns of washi tape in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.

After thinking about it for a couple of days, I decided I wanted to paint a couple of goth ballerinas since I haven’t created any in a long time. Also, I have never done any in mixed media.

First I penciled my ballerinas onto the canvas where I wanted them.

Second, I painted the left side with Golden’s Quinacridone Magenta acrylics. And I painted the right side with Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light acrylics.

I left the diagonal line of  bird washi tape in the middle unpainted to divide the canvas and give it some character. Then I decided to combine these two paint colors which made an interesting burnt orange. So for fun I painted the bottom triangle area with this color.

Lastly, I decided to paint the head pieces and dresses with my Golden’s Teal acrylics. I really like the way the washi tape shows through the paints. And the best part is…I used my left hand to paint the big areas, but I did have to use my right hand to paint the details. So my arm and shoulder are not hurting now!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

Ballerinas in the Rain

Hello Friends!

I think I am done with flowers for a while. So yesterday afternoon I decided to paint some ballerinas who got caught in the rain!

This was fun. I didn’t spend too much time on it, though. I had a black canvas I was wanting to paint on and already had umbrellas in mind to do. So I added some ballerinas for good measure!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Gothic Ballerinas #2

Gothic Ballerinas 2

This is the second painting I did on Thursday very quickly as you can probably tell!  I love the way the yellow of the dresses turned out on the black canvas which is actually an old painting I didn’t like that I repainted black over so I could experiment with a black canvas.  I couldn’t figure out how to get the images of the sketches onto the black canvas, though, so I had to eyeball them.  That’s why the arms turned out funny on the third figure! Her right arm is quite long! 🙂 Also, I only did three of the sketches I had.  The fourth figure is in the watercolor painting I already posted.

This was another learning experience for sure! My daughter loves this one, and after a while I have come to love it also.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!

Gothic Ballerinas #1

I did these spontaneously a few weeks ago. They were actually the first ballerinas I did. It is in acrylics. I do like the way the dresses lined up and the one in the shadows on the far left.

Gothic Ballerinas

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂

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