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Young Girl in Acrylics

 

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Yesterday I finished this painting. It is an 11×14 acrylic on canvas. This was for this week’s portrait for #Let’sFaceIt2020.

Lucy Cooke was our instructor. She painted in the colors that Henri Matisse used a lot. Hers had more black and blue, but after looking at some of his work, I wanted to go a little bolder and brighter. I really enjoed the challenge of the angles. The photo we painted from was of a girl just sitting on the floor in a library I think. But the background was too busy, so I made up my own. This was a lot of fun!

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Young Girl in Thought

 

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Last night I sketched this girl in pencil whose photo was provided this week by our teacher, Lucy Cooke, in Let’sfaceit2020. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing clothes and tennis shoes, especially at this angle!

However, this is not the photo she chose to paint in acrylics for our class. That one is even harder! I began it yesterday and hope to finish today.

She painted in the style of Henri Matisse, who was a French artist in the early 1900s. I know very little about him except that he painted with very bright and bold colors! And he drew very simple faces. So I hope mine comes out okay!

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Little Girl in Mixed Media

 

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I can hardly believe that this is Week #27 of Let’sfaceit2020 already! Our teacher this week was Maria Pace-Wynters again whom I love! She is a wonderful mixed media artist!

The picture she provided for us is of her daughter taken when she was seven. She is so cute! I did her hair a little differently and I didn’t use all the same colors Maria used. I wanted to brighten it up so I used my yellow acrylic ink. I used India ink for the outline and acrylic inks for the rest. And I added the washi tape in the corners for some contrast. I created this one on 9×12″ Bristol smooth surface paper. And I also noticed I drew her an extra finger on her right hand! Ha ha!

This project rekindled my love for mixed media. So who knows what I may do next!

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Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

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I can hardly believe I am half done with this year long portrait drawing and painting class! This week is number 26! Our instructor this week is Angela Kennedy again. She draws and paints such cute and whimsical portraits!

She painted in watercolors this time. Then she used a white watercolor for the white on the dress and stockings. I don’t have white watercolor, so I used white gouache on the layers of the dress, but I only have a little bit. So then I used white acrylics to paint the stripes on the stockings. This was a fun painting to do. I like Angela’s style.

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Woman in Brush Pens

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I went crazy with this portrait. The instructor in my Let’sfaceit#2020 class was Jennifer Bonneteau for Week #25. She is the same instructor that I did my Frida Kahlo portrait in acrylics with.

However, I haven’t watched her videos for this one yet. She gave us the photo in black and white and a picture of her finished painting in acrylics. But I decided to draw mine in pencil on Bristol paper and use my Arteza Brush Pens to go a little crazy with the colors! It was a lot of fun, but drawing this pose was really challenging! I do plan to do this again on canvas in acrylics at some point. I think I may have signed up for too many free classes right now! But as I have said before, I just work at my own pace anyway!

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Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is a small watercolor I did for this week’s lesson, Week #24 with Pauline Agnew, for Let’sFaceIt2020.

This one didn’t take long, but this is my second attempt which turned out much better than my first!

It is on a 5×7″ sheet of watercolor paper. The three colors I used are: L’Aquarelle Paynes Gray and Daniel Smith’s “Moonglow” and “Quinacridone Coral.”

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Nude Woman in Watercolor

 

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This is the portrait for Week #23 with Toni Burt in my Let’sFaceIt2020 class. She paints very loosely in watercolor which I like.

The picture she provided is of a very thin model, and Toni didn’t worry about focusing on her facial features much as it is a lesson for full body portraiture. It took me a couple of tries to draw, but it was fun.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We are still okay here.

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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! πŸ˜€

 

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! πŸ˜€

 

 

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.

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