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Portrait of a Grounded Woman

 

Hello Friends!

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 fromย Melanie Rivers called Feet on the Ground: Soul Grounding.ย She will be one of our instructors in Let’sFaceIt2020 at some point, but this is a class she offers on her website atย 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait of a Toddler in Acrylics

 

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This is Week #6 of my Let’s Face It 2020 portrait class. Our instructor was Sabra Awlad Issa who lives in the Netherlands!

I watched all of the videos where she shared how she painted from a photo of this toddler on a wide street. I really had a difficult time with the flesh tones and getting her facial features as accurate as possible. It was so challenging!

This is a 24″ x 18″ acrylic painting done on 300 lb. watercolor paper. I felt a little stressed out while painting it, but I am glad I stuck with it. I feel like I am learning a great deal.

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

 

Portraits in Pen & Ink

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Today I did Lesson 5 of the Let’sFaceIt2020 portraiture classes. Our instructor, Lucy Cooke, demonstrated using ink with twigs, a paint brush, and pens with nibs, all dipped in ink.

I really tried to draw with twigs, but the end results were disastrous! Then I tried the pen with a couple of different sized nibs. Those ended up in the circular file as well.

So I got out a small paint brush and ended up with six little portaits on 4″x6″ cards. I decided they were enough for one afternoon. I love experimenting with different drawing tools, but twigs felt weird!

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

 

 

Portrait in Acrylics Finished

 

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I am finally…maybe…done with this one! I worked on it for a long time today. I see some things I’ll eventually fix, but I just want to move on to Week #5 in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait class.

I couldn’t get her left eye right, but I do think it’s better than the first girl we did a month ago. I still want to do that one over!

Well, this week’s lesson is one short video with a different instructor showing us how to draw portraits in pen on 4″x6″ cards! That will feel weird after painting this large acrylic portrait! But it will be fun!

I also have a couple of other fun projects up my sleeve that I will share soon.

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

 

 

Portrait of Frida Kahlo in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!ย 

Today I decided to finish Frida! Since I painted her in a bright red, black, and touches of gold, I decided to do a neutral colored background.

This painting was a lot of fun to do. I like the way it turned out. She was an interesting woman to study. I hope everyone is having a nice week!

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

 

Frida Kahlo Portrait – Stage 2

 

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I know yesterday I said I was going to take a break. Well, that didn’t happen! Instead I cranked up some Moody Blues and decided to work on Frida.

I did not plan on doing this much, but I don’t write down my color mixtures, so while I had paints mixed for the colors that were working, I went for finishing everything except her clothes and the background.

I may finish her tomorrow morning before I have to go to physical therapy in the afternoon. Then later in the week I will get back to my other portrait.

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

 

Portrait Work-in-Progress

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I wanted to start on my Lesson #4 in the Let’sFaceIt2020 group, so I have not finished my Frida Kahlo portrait yet.

I am hoping this one will turn out better than the first painting I did for this class! It’s a different teacher, but I think I understand more about layering and color mixing in acrylics…hopefully!

I may have to take a break today, though, because my arm is a little sore. I didn’t use my non-dominant hand on this one!

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 painted this woman in watercolors. In my portrait class, Let’sFaceIt2020, an artist named Lisa Filion shared videos of how to paint this woman on an iPad. But since I don’t have an iPad, I decided to paint her in watercolors. I just printed out the photo in color. I also couldn’t watch the videos because of internet issues. But I really enjoyed painting in watercolors; it is easy on my arm.

I may not get to finish my Frida Kahlo painting today. I need to do my exercises. Plus, I have a book I am trying to finish reading. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

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

 

 

Portrait in Pencil and Pen

 

Hello Friends!

Today I did Lesson 2 of my portrait class.ย Angela Kennedyย showed us how to draw this girl using pencil and pen.

She is a little whimsical with her long eyelashes, but I had fun and it didn’t take very long.

I really enjoyed doing this one and had a lot of fun! I was also able to do it with my right hand.

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

 

 

Portrait in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!ย 

Well, here is my first portrait from my Let’sFaceIt2020 class. I really had a hard time with this, but I guess it’s okay for a start.

I actually redid it on canvas instead of continuing with the board I started with. I found the board’s surface too unforgiving.

Our next project is just a whimsical drawing, but I haven’t had a chance to do that one yet.

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

 

 

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