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Abstract Figure in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

This painting was so much fun to do! It is on a 16×20″ canvas! Yesterday I watched this week’s lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 and I had to start it! However, once I got into it, I had to finish it! The reference photo was a picture of the artist, Salvador Dali, leaning up against a wall.

Our instructor this week is Pauline Agnew. She loves painting abstractly and in this lesson she showed us how she uses a Catalyst Wedge. I don’t have one so I used a really large stiff paint brush to go for the same effect. Basically, she dips the wedge in the paint and swipes it across the canvas even after painting the figure which is scary to watch! But she goes back in and puts features in and paints around the fugure, too.

After I tried the swiping with a wedge shaped piece of metal I have for sculpting, which didn’t work well, I went for the brush. So after I finished, I ordered a Catalyst Wedge. I found that they come in different sizes and also with different cut designs on the edges for getting a variety of effects. For now I just ordered the one she used.

I found that I love painting this way, though! She’s a fun teacher! I like her perspective and ideas. I hope she is going to be one of our instructors next year as well! And I am still hoping to win a free membership!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

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! πŸ˜€Β 

 

Portrait of Dynamic Proportions!

 

Hello Friends!

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! πŸ˜€

 

 

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.Β  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!

 

 

Profile Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I watched the videos for Week #33 which is going to be a portrait I will probably skip for now. So instead I painted this week’s portrait which is painted from an old photo from long ago! My daughter said she looks Roman!

This is Week #34 with Lucy Brydon. All I could do was print out the photo she used. Our internet service is really slow right now, so I wasn’t able to download her videos. IΒ don’t always spend the time watching the instructor’s videos anyway. I like to do my own thing which is part of what these classes are all about…finding your own style.

The woman in the photo is very pale which was a challenge. Also, she is surrounded by leaves in the background, but I decided I didn’t want to do all of that. However, she does have bright orange hair! That was fun.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Girl with Purple Hair in Watercolors

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this girl for Week #32 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor for this was MJ Lindo. However, she used gouache paints, where as I opted for watercolors. I don’t really like the chalky feel of gouache paint.

I have two more portraits to do to catch up, but that’s okay. I have been working on other things. IΒ hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

“Peek-a-Boo” Girl in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

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! πŸ˜€

 

Profile in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!Β 

This week our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Juna Biagioni again. She used a pastel pencil on smooth Bristol paper, but I just wanted some practice drawing a profile

I am currently working on another profile portrait in pencil of a beautiful African American woman whose picture I found on Unsplash.com. It’s a great website to find copyright-free pictures that people can use for art. Most of the art instructors who teach these classes also get their reference photos from Unsplash.com.

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

 

 

Profile Portrait in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜€

 

 

Dryad Clay Sculpture

Front view

Back view

 

Hello Friends!

This week for Week #29 of Let’sFaceIt2020 Christine Romero showed us how to mold a figure out of clay. I happened to have just enough clay to mold a DRYAD!

Forming her arms and hands and branches was difficult. This was quite challenging but really fun! I enjoyed the process of sculpting. Eventually, I want to get more clay in a neutral color like Christine used and get some sculpting tools.

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

 

 

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