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Girl in Red Shoes

 

Hello Friends!

I worked most of yesterday to finish this 18×24″ acrylic painting of this girl in her black dress and red ballet shoes.

I didn’t watch the rest of Kara Bullock’s video for finishing this, though. I decided to do the rest on my own.

This was a lot of fun! Now I just need to figure out where to hang it.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Profile Portrait in Acrylics

 

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I finished this portrait on Friday night. I wanted to get it done so I could stay caught up in Let’sFaceIt2020. (I can hardly believe I just finished Week #30! And our instructor was Larissa West again. I really like her.) Also, I wanted to get this one done so I can get back to working on my BIG portrait of “The Red Shoes!”

As you may know if you’ve been visiting my blog for awhile, my favorite colors are the complementary colors of purple and yellow. So I decided to do something really different with this one, and it was fun! Anyway, as far as complementary colors go, I also love blue and orange, but red and green, not so much. When I see them, I automatically think about the holidays! 😉

I am amazed how fast this year seems to be going for me in spite of the pandemic. I am just staying busy with my art, exercise, and chores. Plus watching through a few old t.v. series’.

I hope everyone’s week went well and you are staying healthy. I decided to change the last line of my blog posts since I didn’t think it is a good idea to encourage hugging so much right now. So…until next time…

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Profile Portrait Work-in-Progress

 

Hello Friends!

This week in my Let’sFaceIt2020 class, we are beginning our unit on painting profiles which is what I have been looking forward to!

Our instructor, Larissa West, used some yellows, oranges, and reds in her portrait which is gorgeous! Also, she painted on an 8×10″ black substrate. Painting on black is so much more challenging than painting on a white surface. I have only

The only black substrate I have is a 12×12″ canvas. So I have a little more background space in mine. But I am not sure yet if I am going to paint anything in the background. I think I want to try to make her glow since she is supposed to be facing light. I want it to look like a silhouette.

So now I am researching the colors I need to make her hair blonde. I am sure I have the right colors for that. I will also be working on my other portrait this weekend.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. 😀

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 3

And a close-up of her face

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I spent the morning working only on this girl’s face. I still have a couple of more layers to go, then I hope to move on with everything else.

It is amazing to me how long it can take to layer in just the face! I worked on this for a few hours! Of course, that inckuded having to stop and start Kara Bullock’s teaching video which in its entirety is only about 35 minutes.

It is still enjoyable seeing how colors and shadows change as the layers go on. I am loving learning the process!

I still have more to do on her face and the details of her eyes and lips before moving on to the rest.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 1

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I began working on an 18×24″ acrylic painting from a short class by Kara Bullock called “The Red Shoes.”

First I used Raw Umber and water to paint a light coating onto the canvas so that it wasn’t completely white before I began drawing the figure. This is the method Kara always uses for painting her portraits. Then I used a brown Stabilio pencil to draw her outline and features.

Next I mixed Raw Umber with Ultramarine blue to get a dark color that is not quite black. Then I went over some of the areas that will be the darkest with a light coat of carbon black. I did not use the exact colors as Kara did, because I don’t have the same blues or blacks that she has.

However, that is the great thing about watching other artists work. I learn through experimentation and by not copying them exactly. So whatever the outcome is, it will be my creation.

This is what I love about the creative journey. We can do our own thing and share it with others, but we can also watch and listen to other artists to learn new ways to enhance our own art.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Fantasy Characters in Watercolor

 

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Last night I decided to experiment with some new watercolor paints I purchased. I was not going for a finished painting here. Just grabbed a scrap piece of watercolor paper, which I noticed has the brand’s watermarks on it, and drew a few of my new characters to paint.

One of the blueish colors is called “Sleeping Beauty” and is the Daniel Smith brand. Another is Quinacderone Rose. I love its brightness.

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

Young Girl in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

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!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

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.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

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!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

“Full Moon Goddess” Watercolor

 

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Last night I painted this watercolor after viewing a short workshop called “Full Moon Goddess – A Watercolor Workshop” by Katrina Koltes.

I really enjoyed painting this and adding the gold moon and half moon tattoo on her neck. Those were my design. I did not do my painting like Katrina’s at all. Hers is completely different. But I especially like how she left her eyes unfinished so they would look like full moons. I added a little gold around mine.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

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