I recently started a new on-line portrait class called “Diary of Faces” by Sharon Tomlinson. Sharon is an amazing artist and a fantastic teacher. We are creating a painting based on a different artist each week. I have never tried to copy another painting before, nor have I painted portraits in acrylic, so this is such a great learning experience for me. I admit that I have really surprised myself, and am happy with how much I have been able to accomplish so far. I am painting in an old children’s book. It is a great size, and by applying gesso to the page beforehand, I have an excellent substrate to paint on.
Week 1 – Georgette Chen – Self-Portrait, 1949:
Week 2 – Nicolae Grigorescu – 1838-1907 – I don’t know the name of this portrait:
Original: My Portrait:
On the Grigorescue portrait I play with a different style than his and only used the original as a starting point. I wanted to work more with layering the acrylic paint in a series of glazes to build up the painting and create smooth skin tones.
Week 3: Chrisitan Krohg: 1852-1925 – portrait of Barbra Ihlen Larssen
Original: My Krohg:
My portrait was done on a fairly small scale – about 6 1/2″ by 7 1/2″. I really enjoyed building up the layers, using small bits of color and playing with bringing out the shapes in the face. I love painting wrinkles! An older woman’s face is so interesting, it tells a story with every line and every shadow.
I love this drawing and painting journey that I am on and can’t wait to continue!