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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait of Two Women in Charcoal

 

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

“Ponyboy and Johnny” in Acrylics

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Happy Thanksgiving! Yesterday I just had to paint the sunrise scene with Ponyboy and Jonny after I finished reading “The Outsiders” for the first time. I really enjoyed the love and intense friendship these two boys shared! What a gift!

This painting is for this 47th week of Let’sFaceIt2020! (Pardon the glare in the picture.) There’s only three weeks left now. But after a two week break, it starts all over again in January, 2021.

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving if you celebrate it today. And if not, it’s still a great day to be alive!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I did Week 44 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Sara Burch. She is a very sweet and creative artist.

First I used charcoal to lightly draw her face with charcoal onto an 11×14″ piece of Strathmore drawing paper.ย  used a nibbed pen and black India ink to darken the outline of her eyes, nose and mouth and darkened her eyebrows with very black charcoal.

Next I began adding color with Liquitex acrylic inks, chalk pastels, and some acrylic paints.

I used Turquoise Deep ink to create some shadow in her face and on her neck. Next I used Cerulean Blue ink to paint the background around her head. On her face I put a small amount of Transparent Raw Sienna ink in her eyelids, the sides of her nose, and on her forehead.

When that was almost dry, I used my rubber Catalyst and swept up and over the left side of her face. The raw sienna wasn’t quite dry, and made some cool marks!

Then I added more charcoal around her nose and mouth. I used a bright pink pastel pencil and a mixture of orange and white acrylics to accent her cheeks. I liked the orange, so I began adding some around her face to indicate hair, because I love orange and blue together! And I went crazy with her hair, so I threw on some gold ink for highlights!

I used white acrylic paint to highlight her face, neck, and shirt. Then I scribbled on some charcoal lines and a little Turquoise Deep with water to add some shadows in her shirt.

It was great to play and learn how these different mediums can interact with each other! I never know what will happen until I try something new. And that is what is so fun for me!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Conte Crayons and Pastels

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Yesterday I drew this portrait with some new conte crayons. They are a lot like charcoals and I picked these brown, rust and yellow colors which are interesting to me. I also blended in some white pastel. That’s all for today!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

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Yesterday I drew this for Week 42 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Renee Mueller again, and this was her main lesson which took a few hours!

I used black and white charcoals for her figure. Then I colored her jacket with a blend of black, white, orange and beige soft pastels.

Lastly, I darkened the top corners of the drawing and whitened the areas around her head to give her a glowing effect.

Renee Mueller is a great teacher. This was a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait Mapping!

 

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This was a fun exercise! Our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 this week is Melanie Rivers again. She provided a black and white photo to show us how to map shadows and highlights for a portrait. So we only used three colors: Burnt Umber, Payne’s Gray and Titanium White. I used acrylics on Bristol paper.

She did this exercise with us to show us how to draw the shapes of the different tones: darkest, mid-tones, and lightest. This didn’t take very long and was pretty fun!

Also, I decided to go ahead and purchase Let’s Face It for 2021. I have been learning so much this year, and it has been so challenging. Plus, it has really helped me stay focused on portrait art for an extended time. But I think what I have loved most is the variety of teachers, styles, and mediums I have learned about this year. I can hardly believe we only have nine more weeks left!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Acrylic Inks

 

Hello Friends!

This week our lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 was with Sara Burch. She used acrylic inks and acrylic paint on an 8×10 wood cradle board. Her painting was more abstract and completely different from mine, though.

The only cradle board I had on hand had a pink elf in mixed media on it that I never really liked. So I just painted over it!

This image was originally done by Kim Fujimata for the cover of a CD called “The First Flute, Songs of Courtship” by Ron Allen. I have had this CD for years and have always loved the cover. My painting is similar, but not exactly like hers. But I wanted to give her the credit she deserves for such a beautiful piece of work!

I really enjoyed watching how Sara uses acrylic inks. This was so fun!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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