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Portrait of My Daughter Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to finish the portrait of my daughter. I finally got her skin tone and hair the way I wanted it.

This is the largest acrylic portrait I have ever done! It is 18″x24!” I am glad I stuck with it. I like the way it turned out.

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

 

 

Portrait of My Daughter-Stage 3

 

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Yesterday I worked on trying to get the colors and shadows like I wanted them. I did not have a sunny day again, though, so it is very challenging! Someday I will get some better lighting for my studio, but it is expensive, and I need to research for what I need. So I did the best I coukd!

I know she is still looking pretty dark on the shadowed side of her face, but I think I am going to finish her hair and the background first, because all of those colors will affect her skintone.

I need to take a break from working on it today. I hope all of you are doing well.

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

 

Portrait of My Daughter-Stage 2

 

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This is stage 2 of the acrylic portrait of my daughter that I am painting. I wasn’t going to work on it yesterday, but after I exercised, I was going to just make a few touches, but I ended up working for a lot longer…in my exercise clothes…before my shower, ha ha!

I know it looks ugly under her chin right now, but even though almost all of her neck is in dark shadow in the photo, I plan to lighten it up and paint in some of her shirt. Her shoulder isn’t painted yet either. Also, her hair is brownish blonde and looks darker on the right side of her face (your left as you look at this.) And that is Wampus, our cat sitting on my table.

I have not had the greatest light for the past few days, so I am hoping it is sunny tomorrow! I will probably be working on this for awhile! I think she looks a little too pink so I hope to lighten her face a little, too.

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

Portrait of My Daughter-Stage 1

 

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Today I decided to start a painting in acrylics of my daughter when she was younger. This is the underpainting done with Golden’s Raw Umber and a brown Stabilo water-soluble pencil. The faint lines are from the grid I drew to divide the canvas in 9 parts and transfer the photo’s image.

She had long hair then which was a brownish blonde color. The photo also has a lot of shadow in it. But I have been wanting to learn how to do a “pixelated” portrait, so I am also doing Kara Bullock’s “Pixelated Portraits” class. She demonstrates how to do several portraits, but I decided to try the first one using a photo reference of my daughter instead.

So we will see how it turns out in a few days! I feel up for the challenge! Stay well everyone.

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

 

 

Portrait of a Girl Praying in Acrylics

 

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Yesterday and today I worked on the assignment for Week 12 of Let’sfaceit2020. The instructor was Larissa West. She said this was her mini lesson which she covered in two short videos. So she will be doing her longer lesson sometime in the fall but in oils. Most likely I will still be doing mine in acrylics.

I liked the pose in the picture she picked. I especially liked the closed eyes! The angle was challenging as well as the darker skin tone, but I have been wanting to paint more dark skin tones, too.

I call this one “Girl Praying” because our world is in so much need these days. I think as long as we are all reaching out to the one we believe in, healing will come, in spite of people’s different beliefs.

I hope you are all doing well wherever you are, and I pray you stay well!

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

 

Portrait of a Girl in Acrylic Inks

 

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Yesterday I decided to use some great discount coupons to buy a few colors of Liquitex Acrylic Inks. I got a really great deal on on a set of primary colors and then also bought some Transparent Raw Sienna and Transparent Burnt Sienna, because I have plans to use them in other portraits. This was the medium used by Maria Pace Wynters in Week #8 of Let’sFaceIt2020. She uses hers on wood substrates, but I don’t have any of those. So I plan to use them on canvas and paper for now.

The “primary” blue in this set is really a Cerulean Blue Hue which is much lighter than an actual primary blue, but I like it! It is one of my favorite blue hues.

These inks come in 1 oz. bottles with droppers. So I just put some in my metal tray a drop at a time, (which goes a long way) and used small paint brushes on an 8″x 8″ canvas I had on hand.

I used a photo that Ivy Newport provided for this mini lesson on her website. She will be one of the instructors in my Let’sfaceit2020 class at some point, too. I love her way of teaching and her sweet spirit. You can find her classes at https://ivynewport.com/ Personally, I am doing her Studioworks classes; she provides a different theme and writes about a different artist each month. She also offers other courses she teaches as well as courses taught by other artists. You can find these on her website.

Ivy is an open, honest and very sweet person. I highly recommend her as an art instructor! This was a fun portrait to do! I have a lot to learn about these acrylic inks, but as you know, I love learning new things!

I hope everyone has had a nice week!

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

 

Portrait in Mixed Media Finished!

 

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Yesterday I decided to finish this portrait. I added more color to her hair, because I didn’t like the dark streaks after all. Then I painted some Liquitex Irridescent Gold acrylics into her hair and on her back.

I also changed her eye color to blue, because I think her eyes stand out more with all of the turquoise surrounding her.

After that I used a small stiff paintbrush to dip into the irridescent gold and pulled back on the bristles with my thumb to splatter dots of gold in the background.

Lastly, I also added a little detail to her sea turtle tattoo. He has a hat on with the bill flipped back. He is a character I created a few years ago when I took the children’s book illustration course.

I can’t believe how many different types of art and writing classes I have completed  in the last five years. It has surely been an adventure! I have had so many talented instructors and lots of encouragement. And I am filled with the joy of learning and growing.

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

 

Portrait in Mixed Media-Stage 1

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I am in Week #8 of Let’sFaceIt2020 already! This week is being taught by a fantastic artist! Her name is Maria Pace Wynters. 

She is doing her mixed media painting on a wood substrate using paper and acrylic inks, and in a few spots, also acrylic paint. She is using very bright colors and not trying to do a realistic portrait which I am enjoying! The white skin will have more shadows and highlights in it eventually, but I love doing the white!

Acrylic inks look easier to use than paint, but I cannot invest in any more mediums right now. Although, I do have one color of acrylic ink that I bought a couple of weeks ago to use in a different project, but I haven’t tried it out yet.

This is our second over-the-shoulder portrait for the class which is a huge challenge! I drew this using two photos she provided and combined the different features from each one.

First, I drew it on the canvas with pencil. Next I used some striped tissue paper for her hair. Then I used some pastel checkered tissue paper for her shirt. I glued all of that down using Liquitex Matte Medium. But I painted over most of it, so I may add another layer of those, but I am not sure yet.

When I began painting, I hadn’t planned to put the flowers in her hair that Maria paints. But she does them in such a cool and unique way, that today I decided to lay down the shapes for them. I also had to re-do the angle of her eyes. Today is only the second day I have worked on it. But there is still a lot to do!

This class is the most fun I have ever had in any art classes! All the teachers are great, and each works in a variety of ways with a variety of materials which keeps things exciting for me. So that’s all for now!

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

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is my second over-the-shoulder painting for my Let’sFaceIt2020 portrait class. The instructor was Katrina Koltes. She did a mini-lesson in watercolor which I actually enjoy more than acrylics. So it was a nice change for me.

She made it with an etheral look like the girl has leaves for hair. This was a challenge since I painted it from the reference photo she provided without tracing it. I had fun with this one!

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

 

Portrait of a Grounded Woman

 

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Yesterday I painted this on 10″x14″ Aqvarelle Arches 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper. I used acrylics in thin layers.

I took a short class from Melanie Rivers called Feet on the Ground: Soul Grounding. She will be one of our instructors in Let’sFaceIt2020 at some point, but this is a class she offers on her website at https://www.melanierivers.ca/

I love Melanie’s calm voice and clear instructions. I was even able to download the videos so I can do this again sometime.

I used different colors than she did in her demonstration, but I wanted to emphasize the woman’s hoodie. The class is called Feet on the Ground, because the first thing I did was paint the bottoms of my feet brown, and stepped on the paper. But my footprints got covered up more than I thought they would. So I know I will do this again at some point. But I love the way it turned out and I learned a lot about painting shadows and highlights on a face. This was relaxing and fun!

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

 

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