Painting Portraits

It seems like all I’ve been doing this week! Painting portraits. I took a new class from Karen Milstein, and it is a fabulous course! It’s her first e-course and I couldn’t have been happier with it. I learned so many neat techniques from her and one of the coolest things is the way she uses pigments. I’ve found that I no longer HAVE to go to the studio to paint, I can actually paint from my bed if I’m having a Fibro or back episode. I mean, how COOL is that?! I’ve always just had to stick with the colored pencils or markers but now I can actually PAINT! Well, I DO have to be careful but it is possible.

Finally, I’m beginning to find classes unfullfilling, I’m just not learning anything new. I think it’s a sign that I need to stop leaning on classes and go my own way. However, Karen’s class is one of the few exceptions. I already know how to paint but Karen took it to a new level, a looser more fun place and I gained a lot of confidence in her class.

Karen is known for her gorgeous doll girls, with big eyes and little round faces, they are so adorable you just want to squeeze them! That just isn’t my style though and I found Karen’s techniques easily adaptable to my own style. Here are a few of the girls I’ve painted this week!

 

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

 

Unknown Girl 1

Unknown Girl 1

 

Unknown Girl 2

Unknown Girl 2

Yellow, Grey, and White Abstract Paintings

I’m so lucky to have a supportive family. They don’t just ‘say’ they are fans of my work, they actually purchase my work!(Of course I give them a family discount, it’s only fair!) When my sister in law contacted me this week saying she and my brother had redone their bedroom in yellow, gray and white, and would I do an abstract for them, I was more than excited! These are some of my favorite combined colors, why had I never thought of painting them together! I was chomping at the bit to get behind the easel.

I actually completed two pieces for them, I did a smaller piece with the left over paint. Here is what I came up with.

Daybreak

Daybreak




Radioactive Acrylic on Canvas Abstract

Radioactive Acrylic on Canvas Abstract

First Love

Does anyone remember the first time they fell in love? Oh, we had so merry been going about our lives detesting the other sex when “BAM!” you were hit in the head with a sledgehammer. Suddenly the other sex was appealing!! That special cute person that we had a secret crush on, our first love…well, this is how I’ve depicted that crazy, volatile feeling!

First Love

First Love

Once Upon a Midnight Cheery….

I do believe one of the harder aspects of being an artist is coming up with titles for all of my  work! When I completed this monoprint I immediately thought of Edgar Alan Poe’s “Once upon a midnight dreary” so I shortened it and of course could NOT use the word ‘dreary’ to describe my art, lol! It’s entitled “Midnight Cheery”

If you are interested in learning more about the monoprinting process, here is a great link to start with – the Gelli Arts site. They have made printmaking available to everyone! Also, a  YouTube search will come up with lots of stuff. You can start simple, and then begin to add layers as I did in the below piece.

Midnight Cheery monoprint

Midnight Cheery monoprint

Painterly in Pink

As you all probably know by now, I’m a professional student. A student of the arts. I take online art classes almost daily. I have had buyers remorse and buyers delight. I must tell you, I am soooo delighted with my latest class, Painterly in Pink taught by Jodi Ohl I’ve always enjoyed Jodi’s classes, thus I believe I’ve taken all of her offerings. However, Painterly in Pink is off the charts. Talk about buyers delight, it’s buyers ecstasy!! I can tell Jodi put everything she’s got into this class. We started with learning to sketch each of the features separately, then how to pull them all together. THEN we put our girls down on canvas and were taught how to use one of the newest medias’ available – Silk acrylic glazes. Talk about yummy, creamy, blendy color, these are a delight to work with!! They have a beautiful iridescent sheen to them that is just gorgeous! The lessons are so clear and concise, I love that Jodi does a recap of each weeks lesson letting us know exactly what we are to be working on throughout the week to be prepared for the next weeks lesson. Here is a painting I did in the class (we are working on two) There is still one more week of class and I believe there will be some additional tweaks but I think that she still looks finished. I can’t wait to see what Jodi has up her sleeve to finish her off!

Oh! And a brilliant surprise, not only is the class affordable at $60 (and worth every penny) but….you get a coupon for $30 toward purchasing the Luminart Silk Acrylics!! How cool is that?! So, in actuality, the class costs a whopping $30! I say RUN to this link, scroll to the bottom and click on ‘online education’, I promise…you won’t be disappointed!

Bloom - silk acrylic glazes

Bloom