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Portrait of a Girl in Charcoal

 

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Last night I decided to do the lesson for Week #22 of Let’sFaceIt2020.

I did not take the time to watch the instructional videos of the instructor, Juna Biagioni, though. I have other projects I am working on right now. Also, I think I dislike charcoal more every time I draw with it! But that’s okay. I still wanted to give it a go. I am not an artist who feels I must perfect every medium I try, that’s for sure. Ha ha! But experimenting is fun!

Later today I am going to start on the lesson for Week #23, and when I finish it, I will be all caught up again! It is a full body portrait in watercolor, so I am sure it will be challenging! And, as you may know, I LOVE watercolors!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Frontal Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is a portrait that the instructor painted in oils. It was for Week 21 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I am not sure why it wasn’t a 3/4 turn portrait since that is the section we are on. I suppose it could be because she did it in oils instead of acrylics.

I don’t have oil paints, and I have never tried using them. Since I have been painting in watercolors for the last few weeks, I decided to stick with those, because it is my favorite medium!

The photo she gave us of this African American woman was challenging to work from. She had blonde highlights and her skin tone had hues of yellow and orange in it. I may try to do this one again on better paper at some point. In fact I will probably do a lot of these lessons over for the practice.

The paper I used is from a pad of Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed, 140 lb. paper. I thought I would try it figuring since I love this brand of paints I might like this paper. Well, it is a little thicker than other brands of 140 lb. paper that I have, but I don’t care for it much. It is not good for layering which I have been learning more about in Katrina Koltes’s classes. It also can’t take as much water or dabbing as my 300 lb. paper from Fabriano can.

Now I only have this week’s portrait to do to be caught up again in this class. But I have the new workshops of Katrina’s that I haven’t done yet either. And she’s such a great teacher; I am enjoying learning from her!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Portrait of a Woman in Watercolor

 

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Last night I decided to start catching up on my portraits for Let’sFaceIt2020. This one was done by the instructor with gouache paints, but I have found that I don’t really like gouache. So I decided to do it in watercolors. In our class, we are doing 3/4 portraits

I liked her pink hair, too, because it reminded me of when my daughter had pink hair in her late childhood and teen years.

Our weather here in Northern California is beginning to get hot. I am thankful that we had such a long springtime, though. But now we will get very little rain until probably October.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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.ย Lisa Filionย 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,ย is starting to teach a different workshop calledย “Between the Realms”ย 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!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Ghostly Girl Watercolor

 

 

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I am still working on my new fairy painting, but I just realized that I forgot to post this last week! This is for Week #14 of Let’sFaceIt2020. The instructor for this lesson was Sabra Alwad Issa again. She is the same instructor who did the toddler in the street painting demonstration.

After finishing my “Warrior Woman” painting,ย  I decided to use some of those same colors on this painting. I really love these new Daniel Smith colors that Katrina Koltes uses. They are called “Moonglow” and “Shadow Violet.” The only other two colors I used in this were from the brand l’Aquarelle.ย I used Bright Red for some of the skintones and Payne’s Grey for the shadows in the skin.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hugย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

“Snapshot” in Acrylics Finished

 

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This morning I finally finished this painting! The instructor was Amy Beeman again.ย  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.ย  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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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