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Portrait in Acrylics – Stage 1

 

Hello Friends!

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. πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of a Girl Praying in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!Β 

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! πŸ˜€

 

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! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Today I painted this girl in watercolor for Week #10 of Let’sFaceIt2020 with Lucy Brydon. I couldn’t believe she happened to pick a reference photo from Unsplash.com that I already had! I printed it out last week to use as a reference photo for a charcoal portrait which I still plan to do.

I have been wanting to learn to paint darker skin tones for awhile now. I think I want to try painting this one in acrylics at some point, too.

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

 

 

Little Girl in Pencil

 

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First, this is a work-in-progress. I have been thinking a lot about what I really want to do with my art lately.

The topic of abuse is always in the forefront of my mind, and not just the abuse of women and children. All types of people and animals get abused every day and it is devastating to their souls.

The other day I drew this little girl who has been beaten and bruised and is feeling confused and broken as she sits in her closet. I tried to draw it so some of her room is in the background, but I added it as an afterthought, and the perspective is off. That’s okay, though, because it is not finished anyway. Some parts need to be darkened.

I have an idea in mind for a series I want to do, but it hasn’t surfaced onto paper yet. But it will be about a woman whose husband is physically abusive, but she decides to do something to help herself. It may be awhile yet before I can post any of it since I am also doing Let’sfaceit2020 all year as well. But this is my latest idea, so I decided to share it with you.

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

 

 

Portrait of Woman in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

This is my portrait in charcoal for Week #9 of Let’sFaceIt2020 with charcoal artist, Robert Kelley. Actually, I only watched the first video since I have done charcoal drawings before.

We are still doing over-the-shoulder portaits. This drawing was easier than a painting for sure! I enjoyed the relaxation as I could also work on it while watching t.v. in the evening.

I have also been working on some pencil drawings that I will post later this week and next week.

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

 

Portrait in Mixed Media Finished!

 

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Yesterday I decided to finish this portrait. I added more color to her hair, because I didn’t like the dark streaks after all. Then I painted some Liquitex Irridescent Gold acrylics into her hair and on her back.

I also changed her eye color to blue, because I think her eyes stand out more with all of the turquoise surrounding her.

After that I used a small stiff paintbrush to dip into the irridescent gold and pulled back on the bristles with my thumb to splatter dots of gold in the background.

Lastly, I also added a little detail to her sea turtle tattoo. He has a hat on with the bill flipped back. He is a character I created a few years ago when I took the children’s book illustration course.

I can’t believe how many different types of art and writing classes I have completedΒ  in the last five years. It has surely been an adventure! I have had so many talented instructors and lots of encouragement. And I am filled with the joy of learning and growing.

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

 

Portrait in Mixed Media – Stage 2

 

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday. Yesterday I added more layers of tissue paper in her hair. I don’t think I want to paint over it again, though. Honestly, I don’t like adding too many layers, because to me, it begins to look weird. (I can’t think of a better word right now!)

Then I decided to enhance her dress with a simple design. As you can see, I also added a sea turtle tattoo to her back and more color on the flowers in her hair.

I still want to paint more details in the tattoo, the flowers, and her eyes. I struggled with getting her eyes the color brown I was going for. I kind of wish I had thought of trying to paint blue eyes instead of dark brown like the teacher demonstrated, but it’s okay. I love the way she did hers. Besides, I can do the next portrait with blue eyes.

I hope everyone has had a great week. Enjoy your weekend!

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

 

Portrait in Mixed Media-Stage 1

Hello Friends!

I am in Week #8 of Let’sFaceIt2020 already! This week is being taught by a fantastic artist! Her name isΒ Maria Pace Wynters.Β 

She is doing her mixed media painting on a wood substrate using paper and acrylic inks, and in a few spots, also acrylic paint. She is using very bright colors and not trying to do a realistic portrait which I am enjoying! The white skin will have more shadows and highlights in it eventually, but I love doing the white!

Acrylic inks look easier to use than paint, but I cannot invest in any more mediums right now. Although, I do have one color of acrylic ink that I bought a couple of weeks ago to use in a different project, but I haven’t tried it out yet.

This is our second over-the-shoulder portrait for the class which is a huge challenge! I drew this using two photos she provided and combined the different features from each one.

First, I drew it on the canvas with pencil. Next I used some striped tissue paper for her hair. Then I used some pastel checkered tissue paper for her shirt. I glued all of that down using Liquitex Matte Medium. But I painted over most of it, so I may add another layer of those, but I am not sure yet.

When I began painting, I hadn’t planned to put the flowers in her hair that Maria paints. But she does them in such a cool and unique way, that today I decided to lay down the shapes for them. I also had to re-do the angle of her eyes. Today is only the second day I have worked on it. But there is still a lot to do!

This class is the most fun I have ever had in any art classes! All the teachers are great, and each works in a variety of ways with a variety of materials which keeps things exciting for me. So that’s all for now!

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

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

This is my second over-the-shoulder painting for my Let’sFaceIt2020 portrait class. The instructor was Katrina Koltes. She did a mini-lesson in watercolor which I actually enjoy more than acrylics. So it was a nice change for me.

She made it with an etheral look like the girl has leaves for hair. This was a challenge since I painted it from the reference photo she provided without tracing it. I had fun with this one!

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

 

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