Hello! This is my first self-portrait. LOL! It's also an exercise from Misty Mawn's new class. It is the first week and I am over the moon about how awesome this class is.
Without revealing too much of the content, we were to study an artist whose work has influenced us. I chose Egon Schiele. We were to replicate one work of theirs to the best of our ability and then do a self-portrait in that artist's style.
Self Portrait by Egon Schiele
Here was my attempt at this. SO incredibly hard to draw those hands!!
I loved really studying his work and trying to capture every line. So much learned from just this one exercise.
I am probably going to make a change in my blog header soon... ;)
I practice sketching faces every night while watching TV with hubby. I have a book of portraits that I use as inspiration for my practice. This is supposed to be Amy Winehouse. The portrait in the book really caught my eye and I wanted to try and replicate it. It was much better of course. Practice, practice... :)
Since I can't see any Spring flowers right now (expected low temp. of -7 degrees tonight), I decided to paint some. These are actually small paintings that I made to go onto cards I'm sending. Just enough color and texture to make me happy today. Happy Sunday everybody!
I just finished taking a class on painting animals in nature. I am so excited about everything I learned! The first project was a wolf. I'm working on the one from class now. I thought I would try a "practice" wolf first. I have a book about wolves so I picked this photo as a reference:
The painting is a stylized version loosely based on this photo. The main thing I learned was how to paint the fur texture and how to jazz it up once you are finished. NOW I am painting the wolf from class. He has a more menacing presence and I hope the painting will result in a more dramatic scene.
This is the first in a series of wolf paintings I will be doing. I love everything about the wolf. We have a wolf park very near here and I LOVE to go and watch them interact with each other. So be prepared for more wolves in the coming weeks...
I've been re-discovering my art supplies through Jane Davenport's Supplies Me workshop. She has given all alumni lifetime access to her workshops. Woohoo! I've taken three so far.
Anyway, colored pencils! I have tons of them. So instead of having the supplies lay around unused we are to dig them out and play! I am trying to perfect the burnishing technique (blend, blend, blend that face). So this little lady emerged. Then of course I scanned her into Photoshop and played with some backgrounds.
I'm working on a big project I hope to show soon. It's very exciting and something totally new for me. Stay tuned...
Yes, I painted a cow! Hubby teaches in the College of Agriculture and I painted this for his office. There is a really cool website called PaintMyPhoto.ning. It allows photographers and artists to work together. You find a photo you want to paint, give the photographer credit and you can use it as a reference. This is from a photo by Nicola McLean:
It is painted with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. I'm still working with that medium. I'm learning to manipulate the inks better.
I will link to Paint Party Friday when the link goes live. And thank you, Eva, for pointing out that Nic McLean is also a member of Paint Party Friday! Ha! Small world. ;) Have a great weekend everybody!
This journal page materialized on its own. I added the two figures and bumped up the color with markers and Photoshop.
I often use CitraSolv painted onto National Geographic magazine pages in my art and my journals. You can see more about the process here. When I was tearing out the solvent-soaked pages from the magazine this one emerged.
Usually I'll have a page spread of pretty colors all melted together. Then I'll tear them up and use them in my art. This one, I LOVED just as it is. I scanned it into Photoshop so I'll always have a copy to play with. The original is framed.
I've started another blog where I post just my art journal pages. It's here if you want to check it out. Have a great week everybody!
This is just a small section that was cropped from a larger painting. I thought it looked like an abstract flower. I adhered it to some nice black paper, attached it to a blank card and mailed to a friend.