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Portrait of a Girl in Pencil

 

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Last week we had two mini lessons in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait group. There were two different teachers. One did a mixed media piece which I didn’t do. Lisa Filion did this piece on her iPhone with the app she teaches with. And, of course hers was in color, but I wanted to draw mine in pencil to keep in the practice of using graphite!

I drew the initial shapes with hard, light pencils. Then I used softer, darker pencils for the shading so I wouldn’t make my arm ache. That way, the pencils do more of the work, so to speak! I worked on it for several hours today, just getting lost in the drawing, which I absolutely love doing!

I am not doing this week’s acrylic portrait for now. The artist who did our watercolor portraits, Katrina Koltes, is starting to teach a different workshop called “Between the Realms” tomorrow which is all about fairies! We will be painting mostly in watercolors and using watercolor pencils to paint fairies in nature. We are even going to make magic wands with crystals, stones, and sticks! I can hardly wait to start!

This is part of what she said about the projects we will be doing. “There are 25+ videos in my workshop, including painting and craft sessions, guided meditations, spiritual projects, stories, and documentaries.”

It sounds so fun and interesting! I have always wanted to learn about the history of fairies (they are real, ya know!) 😉

I will have to go to town tomorrow to download all of the videos as I’m pretty sure we get them all at once so we can work at our own pace. It’s going to be so fun! Katrina is such a sweet lady.

Well, I hope everyone out there is staying safe and healthy!

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

 

Flower-Eyed Fairy Finished!

 

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Today I decided to finish my fairy watercolor painting. It was relaxing and fun.

Then it turned into a mixed media piece when I decided to add some gold acrylic accents and silver star stickers. I really enjoyed painting this one!

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

 

Portrait in Pastels

 

An Elf and His Eagle

 

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Today I decided to do something a little different. I used my oil pastels to draw this elf boy and his spirit animal, the Golden Eagle.

This is not this week’s portrait for my class. In fact, I think this week there is going to be another one done on the iPad with Lisa Filion. So I may do her photo in watercolors again since I don’t have an iPad. I haven’t seen the lesson yet.

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

 

Portrait of a Warrior Woman in Watercolor

 

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Yesterday and today I drew and painted this “Warrior Woman” in watercolor for this week’s lesson of Let’sfaceit2020 with Katrina Koltes. It is only a 16×14″ sheet of 300 lb. watercolor paper. So going back to doing a very small face again was quite a transition! And I can’t believe the first 15 weeks are done already!

Now I still need to do week 14 which I skipped because I spent more time on my last acrylic painting. Week 14 is supposed to be done in acrylics, but I think I am going to do it in watercolors instead. It’s a lady in a weird pose, so I am going to try to make her look ghostly!

I hope everyone has had a great week! We are all still well here. I hope you all are, too!

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

 

 

“Snapshot” in Acrylics Finished

 

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This morning I finally finished this painting! The instructor was Amy Beeman again.  I began to struggle with the shirt last night, because I was having a hard time getting the color of it the way I wanted it. In the photo she is wearing a beige blouse, but since I painted her camera case a purplish shade, I wanted to use a complementary color for her shirt.  The camera was pretty difficult to do, too.

Also, transferring an 8×10 photo to an 11×14 canvas using the grid method is still challenging for me, but I am enjoying practicing it now. I have learned that it is better than trying to use graphite transfer paper to get the image onto the canvas! Sometimes it leaves the outline too dark.

I have fallen a little behind, because I haven’t done last week’s painting yet, but it is a mini lesson that hopefully won’t take very long. It is also a ghostly looking lady so it shouId be interesting.

I really want to start this week’s portrait which is going to be a warrior woman in watercolor! The teacher is Katrina Koltes again. I really love her art.

I hope everyone is staying well! We are all doing fine here.

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

 

Portrait in Acrylics – Stage 4

 

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Today I worked on this portrait some more. I added more layers to her skintones and some highlights, because she is in the sun. Then I worked on her camera case. The instructor painted hers a dark brown more like the photo. But I decided to go with a purplish color, because I love purple!

I am thinking about painting her shirt in tones of yellow…maybe…and the background kind of a light green to indicate grass. But I am going to finish her hair first.

I took yesterday off from art to rest my shoulder. I wish I had worked out, but I never got around to it; I did some chores instead. I may have to take tomorrow off from painting, too, since I will be roasting a chicken. I didn’t even realize it was Easter weekend, because I have lost track of time since the pandemic began as I am sure many others have, too.

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

 

Portrait in Acrylics – Stages 2 & 3

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Today I painted stages 2 and 3 of my latest portait in acrylics. I became a little scared at the end of stage 2 because my skintone seemed too yellow. But I decided to keep going, so now I am much happier with how the skintones look.

This is Stage 3

This was Stage 2

I don’t know if I will be able to work on it tomorrow, because my shoulder is a little sore now. I try to paint every other day and work out on my off days. That way I can still do my art and stay physically healthy at the same time.

I am really enjoying working on this painting. I love learning from Amy Beeman, because ahe is fun and explains things well.

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

 

 

Portrait in Acrylics – Stage 1

 

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Since I painted a portrait of my daughter last week, I didn’t get to Lesson #13 for Let’sFaceIt#2020.

Saturday, I drew it onto an 11″x14″ canvas. Sunday, I painted the underpainting using Carbon Black for the very darkest areas and a mixture of Pyrrole Red and Carbon Black to make a brownish color for the rest of the dark areas.

The rest of it will be painted with much lighter colors, so that’s why the instructor, Amy Beeman, had us leave the rest of the canvas white before painting it.

This one has been fun so far. I am looking forward to finishing it this week so I can start on this week’s new assignment which is a mini lesson.that shouldn’t take very long.

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

 

Portrait of a Girl Praying in Acrylics

 

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Yesterday and today I worked on the assignment for Week 12 of Let’sfaceit2020. The instructor was Larissa West. She said this was her mini lesson which she covered in two short videos. So she will be doing her longer lesson sometime in the fall but in oils. Most likely I will still be doing mine in acrylics.

I liked the pose in the picture she picked. I especially liked the closed eyes! The angle was challenging as well as the darker skin tone, but I have been wanting to paint more dark skin tones, too.

I call this one “Girl Praying” because our world is in so much need these days. I think as long as we are all reaching out to the one we believe in, healing will come, in spite of people’s different beliefs.

I hope you are all doing well wherever you are, and I pray you stay well!

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

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Ink

 

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Yesterday I completed this week’s lesson in my Let’s Face It 2020 class. The teacher was Deanna Strachan-Wilson.

I really enjoyed this. First, on Tuesday, I drew it lightly on a piece of 300 lb. Fabriano watercolor paper measuring 18″ x 24.” Then I painted it yesterday. I used calligrapy ink and a paintbrush to paint his clothes. Then I used a calligraphy marker, which has a chiseled tip on one end and a fine tip on the other, to do the outlining and some detail in the hair. I also decided to paint his hair a greenish blue color instead of blond.

I hope everyone is staying well! I don’t have much of a problem with being on lockdown because of the Covid-19 virus, but I hope it is over soon, because people need their jobs! It’s hard to know when things will get back to normal. In the meantime, I wish you all well.

I have lots of art projects to do, books to read, and family to visit with. So I am never bored!

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

 

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