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Profile Portrait in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Young Girl in Thought

 

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Last night I sketched this girl in pencil whose photo was provided this week by our teacher, Lucy Cooke, in Let’sfaceit2020. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing clothes and tennis shoes, especially at this angle!

However, this is not the photo she chose to paint in acrylics for our class. That one is even harder! I began it yesterday and hope to finish today.

She painted in the style of Henri Matisse, who was a French artist in the early 1900s. I know very little about him except that he painted with very bright and bold colors! And he drew very simple faces. So I hope mine comes out okay!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Little Girl in Mixed Media

 

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I can hardly believe that this is Week #27 of Let’sfaceit2020 already! Our teacher this week was Maria Pace-Wynters again whom I love! She is a wonderful mixed media artist!

The picture she provided for us is of her daughter taken when she was seven. She is so cute! I did her hair a little differently and I didn’t use all the same colors Maria used. I wanted to brighten it up so I used my yellow acrylic ink. I used India ink for the outline and acrylic inks for the rest. And I added the washi tape in the corners for some contrast. I created this one on 9×12″ Bristol smooth surface paper. And I also noticed I drew her an extra finger on her right hand! Ha ha!

This project rekindled my love for mixed media. So who knows what I may do next!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Portrait of a Girl in Charcoal

 

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Last night I decided to do the lesson for Week #22 of Let’sFaceIt2020.

I did not take the time to watch the instructional videos of the instructor, Juna Biagioni, though. I have other projects I am working on right now. Also, I think I dislike charcoal more every time I draw with it! But that’s okay. I still wanted to give it a go. I am not an artist who feels I must perfect every medium I try, that’s for sure. Ha ha! But experimenting is fun!

Later today I am going to start on the lesson for Week #23, and when I finish it, I will be all caught up again! It is a full body portrait in watercolor, so I am sure it will be challenging! And, as you may know, I LOVE watercolors!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Frontal Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is a portrait that the instructor painted in oils. It was for Week 21 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I am not sure why it wasn’t a 3/4 turn portrait since that is the section we are on. I suppose it could be because she did it in oils instead of acrylics.

I don’t have oil paints, and I have never tried using them. Since I have been painting in watercolors for the last few weeks, I decided to stick with those, because it is my favorite medium!

The photo she gave us of this African American woman was challenging to work from. She had blonde highlights and her skin tone had hues of yellow and orange in it. I may try to do this one again on better paper at some point. In fact I will probably do a lot of these lessons over for the practice.

The paper I used is from a pad of Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed, 140 lb. paper. I thought I would try it figuring since I love this brand of paints I might like this paper. Well, it is a little thicker than other brands of 140 lb. paper that I have, but I don’t care for it much. It is not good for layering which I have been learning more about in Katrina Koltes’s classes. It also can’t take as much water or dabbing as my 300 lb. paper from Fabriano can.

Now I only have this week’s portrait to do to be caught up again in this class. But I have the new workshops of Katrina’s that I haven’t done yet either. And she’s such a great teacher; I am enjoying learning from her!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Portrait of a Woman in Watercolor

 

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Last night I decided to start catching up on my portraits for Let’sFaceIt2020. This one was done by the instructor with gouache paints, but I have found that I don’t really like gouache. So I decided to do it in watercolors. In our class, we are doing 3/4 portraits

I liked her pink hair, too, because it reminded me of when my daughter had pink hair in her late childhood and teen years.

Our weather here in Northern California is beginning to get hot. I am thankful that we had such a long springtime, though. But now we will get very little rain until probably October.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Portrait of a Girl in Pencil

 

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Last week we had two mini lessons in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait group. There were two different teachers. One did a mixed media piece which I didn’t do.ย Lisa Filionย did this piece on her iPhone with the app she teaches with. And, of course hers was in color, but I wanted to draw mine in pencil to keep in the practice of using graphite!

I drew the initial shapes with hard, light pencils. Then I used softer, darker pencils for the shading so I wouldn’t make my arm ache. That way, the pencils do more of the work, so to speak! I worked on it for several hours today, just getting lost in the drawing, which I absolutely love doing!

I am not doing this week’s acrylic portrait for now. The artist who did our watercolor portraits, Katrina Koltes,ย is starting to teach a different workshop calledย “Between the Realms”ย tomorrow which is all about fairies! We will be painting mostly in watercolors and using watercolor pencils to paint fairies in nature. We are even going to make magic wands with crystals, stones, and sticks! I can hardly wait to start!

This is part of what she said about the projects we will be doing. “There are 25+ videos in my workshop, including painting and craft sessions, guided meditations, spiritual projects, stories, and documentaries.”

It sounds so fun and interesting! I have always wanted to learn about the history of fairies (they are real, ya know!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will have to go to town tomorrow to download all of the videos as I’m pretty sure we get them all at once so we can work at our own pace. It’s going to be so fun! Katrina is such a sweet lady.

Well, I hope everyone out there is staying safe and healthy!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Earth Mother in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to do a project I have had for awhile now. It is from one of Melanie Rivers’s videos. Her website is atย https://www.melanierivers.ca/

I did my own background, but used her facial pose. This took me longer than I thought it would, because I kept getting the angle of her features wrong, but I think she looks good now.

I also gave her a pendant with the rune calledย Uruz, also known as Ur,ย which means “brute strength.” Keywords that go with it are: strength, health, power, energy, endurance, and creative force.

I thought it was fitting for our times, because these are qualities many of us need right now. So I thought I would encourage you with some positive vibes for today.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Ghostly Girl Watercolor

 

 

Hello Friends!

I am still working on my new fairy painting, but I just realized that I forgot to post this last week!

After finishing my “Warrior Woman” painting,ย  I decided to use some of those same colors on this painting. I really love these new Daniel Smith colors that Katrina Koltes uses. They are called “Moonglow” and “Shadow Violet.” The only other two colors I used in this were from the brand l’Aquarelle.ย I used Bright Red for some of the skintones and Payne’s Grey for the shadows in the skin.

The instructor for this lesson was Sabra Alwad Issa again. She is the same instructor who did the toddler in the street painting demonstration.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hugย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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