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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!

Audrey Hepburn in Pencil & Charcoals

 

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Last night I was thinking about watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” again, but decided to draw a portrait of Audrey Hepburn instead. But this is obviously not what her character looked like in the movie.

This was really fun and challenging, because she had such beautifully unique features, namely her eyes and cheek bones. I also used a gray-toned stick of charcoal that actually looks like a yellowish-brownish color which I like a lot. I think it gives her more character somehow. So on my app for Instagram I found a background colir to compliment it.

I found snapshots from the movie of her holding “Cat” which I would like to try and paint. I went crazy browsing on Pinterest last night!

I have more energy this week since I finished my class for Let’sFaceIt2020 on Monday! I want to paint another abstract portrait but try using a credit card to do the swiping since I won’t get my wedge painting tool in the mail until next week.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Chinese Girl in Pencil

 

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Yesterday I finished this drawing of this cute young Chinese girl. Her clothing was my biggest challenge, but I really want to practice drawing and painting clothing! I poused an app to put the red backgroubd in for my instagram page. I like how th red looks against the white background.

Her hair was easier to make dark since on Friday I went to Michael’s and bought some darker, softer graphite pencils. When I use those, I don’t have to press as hard to darken anything so it isn’t as hard on my arm. All the ones I have are down to about 1/4 inch or less in length now; I have had them for years. I plan to get a few more pencil extenders soon so I can use the smallest pencils as completely as possible.

I don’t know what this week’s project for Let’sFaceIt2020 is going to be yet. And I am still hoping to win a free membership!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait of Dynamic Proportions!

 

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This was a fun painting I did yesterday. This is Week 35 in Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor was Emma Petitt. She is a really fun British woman who has been doing a portrait series of figures with proportion distortions!

This was painted in acrylics on a 300 lb. piece of Fabriano watercolor paper. I am glad I used the heavy paper, because all that paint needed the weight of the paper! It measures 20×26″!! It took me much longer to paint than to draw, but it was fun!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Profile Portrait of a Black Woman

 

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Yesterday I got all caught up with my portraits for Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor last week was Misty. I skipped this lesson at the time, because I was working on other things.

Misty took a picture of herself with rays of light shining on her. Then she fixed the color the way she wanted it in Photoshop. Next she painted her own portrait in oils with gold leaf paper for her background.

I, on the other hand, painted my whole painting in acrylics.ย  I have never used oils or bought gold leaf paper. This was such a fun painting to do! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And with the whole movement of Black Lives Matter happening, it was great timing for her class.

I hope you all had a productive and happy week!

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

Profile Portrait in Watercolor

 

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Yesterday I watched the videos for Week #33 which is going to be a portrait I will probably skip for now. So instead I painted this week’s portrait which is painted from an old photo from long ago! My daughter said she looks Roman!

This is Week #34 with Lucy Brydon. All I could do was print out the photo she used. Our internet service is really slow right now, so I wasn’t able to download her videos. Iย don’t always spend the time watching the instructor’s videos anyway. I like to do my own thing which is part of what these classes are all about…finding your own style.

The woman in the photo is very pale which was a challenge. Also, she is surrounded by leaves in the background, but I decided I didn’t want to do all of that. However, she does have bright orange hair! That was fun.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Girl with Purple Hair in Watercolors

 

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Last night I painted this girl for Week #32 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor for this was MJ Lindo. However, she used gouache paints, where as I opted for watercolors. I don’t really like the chalky feel of gouache paint.

I have two more portraits to do to catch up, but that’s okay. I have been working on other things. Iย hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

“Peek-a-Boo” Girl in Acrylics

 

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I spent the last few days working on this painting. I admit I had to trace her outline. This was one of the most complicated ones I have attempted! My favorite part of this was painting her shirt.

There are some places that could be a little darker, but I had a hard time getting the right shades in the right places! Ha ha. So I am calling this one complete now. This was from Week #17 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I skipped it then. We are in Week #34 now!

I did not do the portrait lesson last week or this week yet. But I plan to catch up at some point. I have been drawing more fantasy characters in pencil. I may be able to share more later this week.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Self-Portrait!

 

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I began working on this drawing on Monday this week and finished it last night. This is my very favorite picture of myself. I was just 3 years old! My mom had this taken of me in a photo studioย  back then. So the photo I have is an 8×10 which made it pretty easy to draw from.

Yesterday I got some air dry clay and sculpting tools in the mail. I am excited about playing with all of it today. I have never used sculpting tools before, so it is always exciting to learn something new. I think this is why I never get bored anymore.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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