Saturday, January 18, 2020

Angela Kennedy Class / Let's Face It 2020

Graphite pencil drawing on Bristol paper - 10X8 (25X20cm)
  Angela Kennedy's class / Let's Face It 2020

In this class with artist Angela Kennedy,
we've bounced over to graphite pencil drawings.

Although the first drawing is based on Angela's reference photo and her demo,
she encourages students to create their own pieces from imagination,
so I did two more.

Graphite Pencil on Bristol - 10X8 (25X20)

Graphite Drawing on Bristol - 10X8 (25X20cm)

The drawings were done on Bristol paper.

Bristol is a stiff multi-ply paper.
Its name is derived from the city of Bristol, England
where the finest European paper mills
would send their papers to be pasted together.

This paper has a really nice smooth surface,
and is great for shading.
Looking forward to using it again.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Classes - Week 1

Detail - WIP / acrylic

The new online classes have been fun.
I like bits & pieces of each of the paintings I've done, 
but none of them hold together as a whole yet -
part of the learning experience:)

So far, the classes have included a messy mandala,
a painting with a creepy face,
and a couple of acrylic portraits.

I'm new to acrylics.
The beauty of them is that they dry very quickly so you can fix mistakes.
The downside is that they dry very quickly so your paint piles get goopy.
An acrylic paint extender would probably solve that problem.

Over the past few years, I've picked up a load of acrylic paint at yard sales
 so there's lots to practice with.
Once I get the hang of it, 
I'll be switching from loose canvas to cradled birch panels.

The classes are posted on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Scheduled for this week, so far: 
a whimsical drawing lesson from artist Angela Kennedy.
See Angela's work here
if you're interested.

Monday, January 6, 2020

New Beginnings

Charcoal over Gesso / 6X6 / 15cm/15cm

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season
 a happy transition into the new year.

Our computer has been a little glitchy for the past few weeks,
but everything seems fine now.

As far as resolutions go,
the #1 art goal for 2020 is to paint more often.

To help with this, my husband signed me up
 for two year-long online classes:

Let's Face It 2020
Paint Your Heart & Soul 2020.

Both sets of classes begin this week
and include around 100 drawing / painting lessons
 (one or more per week).

Most of the classes are portrait studies,
but Paint Your Heart & Soul also includes animal themes, landscapes, and still life.

I'm getting ready,

Cradled birch panels primed with GAC-100 (used to prevent support induced discoloration / bleed thru)

and it will be nice to learn from different artists who have such unique styles.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Watercolor & Graphite Portrait #4

Graphite over watercolor / 6X6

This is the last of the splash ladies.  

Christmas is coming, and so is out-of-town company in about a week.
The only thing I'll be painting this weekend is our kitchen:)

Have a safe, happy weekend!
Hope to see you on Monday.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Watercolor & Graphite Portrait #3

Graphite over Watercolor / 6X6

This is the second version of #3.
I messed up the first one trying to "perfect" it.

I remember former watercolor teacher Chris Unwin
always starting our class with a painting demo.

And more often than not, she would eventually yell,
"Somebody take my brush!"

This meant, of course, that Chris knew 
she was starting to overwork her painting.

I told her I was going to make a sound recording 
of her saying that.

I could have used it yesterday.

And after I messed up the painting, Chris would have told me
 to quit thinking about it and just do another painting.

 So I did:) 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Watercolor & Graphite Portrait #2

Graphite over watercolor / 6X6

Again, the graphite drawing was added
after the watercolor paint dried.

It's easy to create highlights in strategic areas if you use non-staining watercolors.

All you do is wet areas of unwanted color with the tip of a brush.
Then blot dry with a clean dry cloth.

You can also remove unwanted color
using a scrubber tool (like a small toothbrush)
followed by a blot with a clean cloth.

You can add paint at any time, too.

You can do whatever you want.

There are no rules:)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Watercolor & Graphite Portrait

Graphite over Watercolor / 6X6

While going through a pile of watercolor paper, 
I found a piece that was the perfect size
for doing four 6X6 portraits.

I splashed the paper with watercolor paint
and then started drawing this one.

Three to go.