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Audrey Hepburn in Oils

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I finished this oil painting, my second one ever! This medium is so much more difficult than any other paint medium I have tried! Just cleaning the brushes alone is a process!

Anyway, I found a picture of Audrey Hepburn dancing and just had to try drawing and painting her! Also, I drew it from an 8×10 printout of the photo, but made her large enough to fill a 10×20″ canvas! I also made her shirt grey instead of black like it is in the photo. I wanted to be able to see her left arm which blends in with her pants in the photo, because she’s wearing all black.Β 

I have to say that I have become a bit captivated by her since I began reading the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney. She was an intriguing person and an inspiration to many. Sweet. graceful, and down-to-earth is how I would describe her. So if you want to know more about her, I would recommend this book. The reading is easy and enjoyable and definitely not bogged down with boring or useless information like a lot of biographies I have tried to read in the past.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

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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! πŸ˜€

 

Audrey Hepburn in Monochrome

 

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Yesterday I decided to paint my first monochrome painting in acrylics. This was really challenging, however, I was working from a black and white photo that is the cover of the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney.

The only colors I used were, black, white, and Payne’s Gray. I painted it on a 12×12″ canvas. I was going to do a charcoal drawing of it first. But I started sketching it in pencil and then decided to paint it in acrylics instead. I still may do a charcoal drawing of her, but from a different picture.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Portrait in Acrylic Inks

 

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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! πŸ˜€

 

Picasso in Acrylics

 

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Yesterday I wanted to try painting a leaning figure abstractly again. So…I looked for pictures of Pablo Picasso. The one I used for a reference shows him leaning against the side wall of something that kind of looks like a tunnel. I didn’t want the background to be too prominent, though. So I made him larger in proportion to the tunnel he is standing in.

I exaggerated figure so his head is large in proportion to his shorter torso. But I just went with the flow and did my own thing! So it was a lot of fun! I spent more time on it than I had originally thought I would, but it was time well spent.

Have a wonderful day!

Cardinal in Mixed Media

 

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The other day I covered this 8×10 wood panel with collage. Then today I decided to paint this Cardinal on it with acrylics. I had fun painting this since it has been ages since I have painted any birds. It was a nice change of pace.

I hope everyone has had a nice week. I had a relaxing week drawing and painting smaller things and cleaning up my studio. I made a space for a new floor easel I just ordered! It will support canvases up to 72″ high! Of couse I have never painted anything nearly that large! And I don’t know if I ever will, but at least I won’t have to bend over a table or sit on the floor to paint large canvases anymore! So for that I am grateful.

I found a great sale on an all wood H-frame easel made by So Ho. I am feeling a little nervous about getting something like this shipped in the mail and then having to put it together, but hopefully, everything will go fine.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Abstract Figure in Acrylics

 

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This painting was so much fun to do! It is on a 16×20″ canvas! Yesterday I watched this week’s lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020 and I had to start it! However, once I got into it, I had to finish it! The reference photo was a picture of the artist, Salvador Dali, leaning up against a wall.

Our instructor this week is Pauline Agnew. She loves painting abstractly and in this lesson she showed us how she uses a Catalyst Wedge. I don’t have one so I used a really large stiff paint brush to go for the same effect. Basically, she dips the wedge in the paint and swipes it across the canvas even after painting the figure which is scary to watch! But she goes back in and puts features in and paints around the fugure, too.

After I tried the swiping with a wedge shaped piece of metal I have for sculpting, which didn’t work well, I went for the brush. So after I finished, I ordered a Catalyst Wedge. I found that they come in different sizes and also with different cut designs on the edges for getting a variety of effects. For now I just ordered the one she used.

I found that I love painting this way, though! She’s a fun teacher! I like her perspective and ideas. I hope she is going to be one of our instructors next year as well! And I am still hoping to win a free membership!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

 

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This is my portrait for this 37th week of Let’sFaceIt2020. Toni Burt was our teacher again.

This didn’t take very long. It was a mini lesson where she showed us how to use charcoal to block in a standing figure with basic shapes. It’s good practice for learning how to draw tha figure.

There have been two offers by new teachers for next year’s LFI2021 classes. They will be doing drawings in October. I decided to enter both even though I had planned not to do this again next year, ha ha!

But I decided to stick with it. Even if I don’t win it, I will still get it for half price while the offer is good! So that’s a plus.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Geisha in Acrylics

 

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Yesterday I worked on painting these Geisha with acrylics. It is on an 11″x14″ canvas. This is for last week’s class of Let’sFaceIt2020. And our instructor was Jeanne-Marie Webb.

She said she has been painting a lot of plants this year, so her figures had white faces (but weren’t Geisha) and lots of leaves around them. She also only painted an indication of shoulders, but not whole bodies. So this is what I came up with for mine.

I started out with a white canvas that I painted over with black gesso, but as the painting evolved, I decided I didn’t like the dark canvas, so I painted in the scenery last to give them a brighter background.

This was a lot of fun! I want to do more Asian figures. I just love the many Asian cultures I have learned about. I think they are all beautiful people.

This week’s class is a pastel figure. So it should be fun, too. It is a mini lesson with just one short video. I am glad!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€Β 

 

“Elves in Love” Pencil Drawing

 

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A few days ago I sketched these little “elves in love,” as I call them, in pencil to work on more of my fantasy character studies.

I couldn’t begin my painting for Let’sFaceIt2020 this week until today. We had a planned power outage this week because of high winds in our area. So we didn’t have power from Tuesday night until about noon on Thursday.

I wanted to draw the figures onto a black canvas, however, I didn’t have one. So I painted black gesso onto a white canvas. It’s nice to have black gesso on hand to do this instead of buying black canvases as they are more expensive.

I am going to paint Japanese women on it with acrylics. And I’m planning to use bright colors and also paint their faces like Geshias. I hope they turn out well.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

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