Showing posts with label portrait. Show all posts
Showing posts with label portrait. Show all posts

Monday, November 28, 2011

Girl In Red - Watercolor ACEO

This weeks new release. This is portrait # 8 from my children from around the world series.

Artist Trading Card 2.5 * 3.5 inch Watercolor on 140lb CP

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ACEO Girl in Braids - Watercolor portrait painting

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Friends and Family!
Im a little disapointed in myself. While I was trimming this piece the blade slipped and now it is a touch smaller than an aceo. So now she measures 2.25 * 3.5 inch  watercolor on 140lb CP arches SOLD
Hope you enjoy

Monday, November 21, 2011

Shy Mexican Girl - Watercolor ACEO portrait

She is part of my children from around the world portrait collection. 2.5 * 3.5 inch was painted using artist grade watercolors on 140lb CP Arches paper.
Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Watercolor portrait tutorial - Girl in Pink

Wow it has been a long time since I have done one of these little tutorials/ paint alongs. Yesterday I thought I would paint up a little girl. I had no real person in mind, I just started with a basic line drawing getting her perspectives down and picking out my pallett of hmmm.... lets see... quin gold, perm red and cobalt blue, opera and i will toss a little burnt umber in at the end.
Lets start by wetting her face and dropping in some color to get a base of where we want to go with this. At this point I will be working with only my yellow and red remember to work around your lights.

Still working wet in wet and building up light layers of my yellow and reds all the time thinking about where the sun will hit her face. You will see I added just a dab of burnt umber to place the eyes. Dont forget to leave the highlights.

Continue building up your layers of sunshine, but now it is time to start thinking about how and where your facial structures recede. The eye sockets and sides of the nose the dip under her bottom lip the hollows of the cheeks and dont forget her temples. We can start adding our shadows into her layers. Work light!!! You can always add paint but it is Really hard to take it away.  

I wanted to get in my darks at this point, so I had to first pop in some background of perm red and cobalt. This will not be the final layer I juts needed something for her hair to sit on.  
Mix up some powerful mixes of Yellow, Red, Blue and Umber. She is backlit so remember to leave a couple wispy lights around her head working in some sunshine and then into your red and blues for your really darks. The umber I used is just enough to tone down a few areas but not enough to give an overall color. Remember if your values are correct it doesnt matter what colors you use. You will have to go back in at this point to make some final tweeks, but at this point Im going to call her done.
2.5 * 3.5 inch
Hope you enjoyed this mini demo

Friday, November 4, 2011

Namibian Girl - Artist Trading Card

How can you tell when the Holiday season has started??? By the amount of guests in your home. ;) LOL Another set has gone and just enough time to get sheets washed and put back on before the next set of guests arrive. I think I will need to fit in a NAP sometime in there. This is one I finished at 4am but have been waiting for the snow to clear before I could get a good picture. It is an ACEO 2.5 * 3.5 inch watercolor on 140lb CP paper. Hope you enjoy. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Swaddled Baby - ACEO

Good morning everyone.
A new little art card i just finished up. I just love little chunky babies - yes I am a cheek pincher ;) lol so when i saw this little man I couldn't resist.
Hope you enjoy

Friday, September 30, 2011

10 min Ladies - abstract portraits

Good Morning All. Ive had the luxury of the kids sleeping in this morning so I got a few 10 min portraits done. I am actually very pleased in how they came out. They are bright, fresh.. and the best part they actually look human. ;)
2.75 *2.75 in
acrylic on mini stretched canvas

3 * 3.75 in
acrylic on 600lb rough watercolor paper

On a side note, My wonderful husband has been modeling for me over the past few weekends, I started out with 3 - 15 min sessions of quick sketches.. which turned out so good, he has allowed me to paint him from life. I have never done anything like this and it is so exciting. :) After a 1 hour session - from sketch to blocking in local color - it already looks like him. I hope to get a picture today while it is nice outside and get it up sometime this weekend.
Hope you enjoy

Monday, September 26, 2011

From my sketchbook - portraits

I swear I was born with a pencil in my hand, as my first love will always be drawing. Growing up I really never got much encouragement to pursue my passion for art so out of necessity to get rid of all of this creative energy it was for the most part me and my pencil. I have about 25 sketchbooks scattered around my house, stuck in my purse, hiding in my glove box.. lol, but they are available at any time for my amusement. So I thought I would share a few of my portrait practices while I get back to painting.
Hope you enjoy

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Brown Hair Woman - ATC

I heard the most thought provoking thing this week when it came to painting portraits. "Every skin tone is made up of the 3 primaries - yellow, red and blue. The only thing that makes us differant is the amount of water used.: I wish I can remember where I heard it, because it has so much truth to it. When i paint people, I use variations of the just the 3 primaries This is the latest in my portrait trading card series and was created using raw sienna, rose madder and cobalt blue. I love her little smirk, it adds a little something to an otherwise dull portrait. Hope you enjoy.
2.5 * 3.5 inch format
watercolor on 140lb CP
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Renaissance Boy in Blue Hat - Watercolor ACEO

I must really like little boy's in blue as this is the second painting this week I have done with the same color pallette. :) I really love the renaissance feel to this painting, which I seem to be doing a lot of lately. Other examples can be found here and here

Boy in Blue Hat ****Artist Trading Card***
2.5 * 3.5 inch
Watercolor on 140lb CP paper
Hope you enjoy

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Little Boy Blue - A day at grandma's house

This was my serious project for the week. My little boy blue checking out the tadpoles at grandma's. It was quite a chilld day and from his vantage point he could still see the little fishes and baby frogs and didnt mind just exploring this new world.:D
6 * 7 inch watercolor on 140lb CP paper
Hope you enjoy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trying to loosen up Watercolor Portrait Studies


I have been working on "loosening up" and "get it right the first time" direct approach to painting in watercolors. Not an easy task as watercolors dry alot lighter so when you look at dark thick masses of color on your pallette it is kind of scary. :D
These are small quick studies
Angelic study
3.75 * 5.25 inch on 140lb CP is done using a limited pallett of Burnt Sienna, aureolin and paynes grey
Venus Abstract
3.5 * 5.25 inch
watercolor on 140lb CP
Hope this inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and experiment a little.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Chimpanzee in pencil - mini demo

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I put together this mini demo on how I work in pencil to achieve the different textures on this monkey drawing. 5 * 7 inch chimpanzee in graphite on copy paper aprox 4 hours. I wish I would have done him on better paper, but i have stuck him in a frame and he hangs proudly on my wall. :)
Start with a basic line drawing blocking on major shapes and patterns.
Work around your subject comparing one area against the next, varying your pencil strokes to represent the changes in textures you are drawing. The hair would be done in long, wispy strokes and the face would be done in more of a confined circular stroke, avoiding harsh lines but varying value.
Final touches are then added and or subtracted from your subject.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Basket Carrier - African Girl Watercolor

A small painting of a little African girl carrying a basket back from the market. This painting was done in a limited pallet with the addition of some cooler yellows for the clothing.
4 * 5.5 inch
Watercolor on 140lb CP Strathmore paper

Friday, July 22, 2011

Childrens' watercolor Portraits- Hatian Hider and Baby Wonder

Been working on a few small childrens' portraits in watercolor. Children are so full of character and innocents and are such a joy to paint. Both paintings are were done in a limited pallet using 3 to 4 colors and just letting the layers of color and value brings these babies to life. Hope you enjoy these.
Haitian Hider
5.5 * 6.5 in
watercolor on 140lb CP arches

Baby Wonder
4.5 * 5.5 inch
Watercolor on 140lb CP Strathmore

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rosetti with a side of Klimt

So after pulling out one of my art history books I decided to do a masters painting with a twist. I chose my color pallet based on Klimt and the image is my rendition of Rosetti's Venus. I have a big empty space above my stairs that has been crying out for something for quite a while.This is a work in progress but it shows where I am trying to go with this. Hope you enjoy.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dog Day's - original Boxer pop art painting

Hi everyone. Well TGIF. Early in the week I had to take my computer into the doctor - It wasnt feeling very well. I think it came down with a virus. ;) lol But it is back up and running, so that means back to work. :)
Spring is in the air, and there is a little more of a hop to everyones step so I decided to go big and bold. Well big compared to what I have been doing. :)
12 * 16 inch
acrylic on stretched canvas
Open Edition Prints and Cards available
Contact me for more info
Happy Painting

Sunday, March 6, 2011

ATC - Namibian Boy

The little Namibian girl I painted up the other day looks like she needed a little company ;) so I would paint her up a friend. I just love this little guys expression of sucking in his bottom lip.
2.5 * 3.5 in
Watercolor on 140lb CP paper
$20.00 plus shipping

Friday, March 4, 2011

Nambia Girl ACEO

I haven't done a watercolor portrait in a few months so I thought I would stick with the mini theme I have been dabbling with and try out an artist trading card format 2.5 * 3.5 inch for this little girl. Hope you enjoy :)
Watercolor on 140lb CP paper

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mardi Gras Mask in Earths

16 * 20 acrylic on stretched canvas
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This item is sold unframed
Just a quick stop by to show the finished mask that I have been working on. Im pretty happy with it, my DH loves it but would love to hear your thoughts.. :)
Happy Painting!