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“Ponyboy and Johnny” in Acrylics

Hello Friends!

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

 

Hello Friends!

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™‚

 

Marilyn Monroe #3

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this in watercolors. To get the pattern in her shirt, I dropped coarse sea salt on the wet paint and let it dry. Then I scraped it off. I like this technique for obtaining patterns on clothes. I never know how it will turn out which makes it more fun!

Then this morning I decided to add some acrylic inks for more intense color and bring out some details in her hair. I also added red acrylic ink to her lips and shirt. Lastly, I added the black India ink.

I really enjoyed the challenge of drawing and painting this pose with her head turned up.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

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˜€

 

Marilyn Monroe in Ink and Watercolor #2

 

Hello Friends!

This morning i decided to paint Marilyn Monroe again. I drew her lightly in pencil first last night. Then I decided to paint her in watercolor and added India ink to her features. And I used acrylic inks for her shirt.

I used a picture of her from when she was older than in the last painting I did of her. I enjoyed doing this one even more because her hair was styled differently, and part of her arms and hand are showing as well. I also really like the gold color of her shirt.

I have been considering doing a series of ink and watercolor portraits soon. I just can’t decide whether I want to do a series of a famous person or an unknown person.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Marilyn Monroe in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to paint a young Marilyn Monroe using ink and watercolor since I remembered how much I liked using these two mediums together after I did this week’s lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020.

I didn’t use as much ink in this one especially not the thick lines I can get with my felt calligraphy-tipped pen. But that’s because I wanted a much softer look to this portrait.

This was fun, and there may be more to come!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Deanna Strachan-Wilson. She provided us with a PDF file only instead of a video for this week’s mini lesson.

Our mediums were black ink pens of different thicknesses and watercolors. We painted on Vellum Bristol paper. Mine is 100 lb. weight paper which is a nice paper to do mixed media on. It is smooth and just the right thickness. This was a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Sculpture of…Stoner Jeff Spicoli?

 

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On Sunday after I finished my Picasso inspired mixed media piece, I still wanted to play. Last week I printed out a picture of Sean Penn’s character, Jeff Spicoli, from the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. He was my favorite character when the movie first came out, because back then, I was a stoner, too! Yep, I spent 10 years of my life partying until I got burnt out on it at the age of 27. True confession. But hey, some of us have a sordid past.

Moving right along, I find sculpture to be as difficult as oil painting, but more fun! And obviously, this does not really resemble Sean Penn or his character! But after I finished it, I grabbed some old wrapping paper (that actually represents the 1970s), but I like the colors, and it kind of reminded me of the poncho he wears in the movie. So I set it in front of some construction paper and took a picture!

I just love being spontaneous and creative. It sure is healthier than some of the stuff I used to do!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

 

 

Picasso Inspired Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I spontaneously grabbed a 10 x 20″ canvas that I had painted a brownish beige in oils a few days ago. Then I got out my pastels, soft ones and oil pastels, picked out just a few colors, and began drawing lines and shapes.

First I used a black oil pastel and a soft chalky white one. Then I drew in the upper left corner with my orange oil pastel. After that I just started drawing various other body parts and began playing with the colors. Keeping the colors to a minimum and working on balancing them was fun!

Lastly, I used a paintbrush to swipe on some Hansa Yellow acrylic paint. Then I mixed some Pyrole red into the yellow and finished the painting with splashesย  of orange.

I had no specific plan or image in mind when I began which was why it was so fun! I just felt inspired by Picasso after doing some reading about him, so I just followed my nose.

Also, I learned late Monday that this post was my 1000th post on this blog! Wow!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

 

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