Diary of Faces

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:


Georgette Chen – Self-Portrait – 1946

My portrait:

My Chen Portrait, acrylic, July 15, 2012

Week 2 – Nicolae Grigorescu – 1838-1907 – I don’t know the name of this portrait:

Original:                                                My Portrait:

My Grigorescue Portrait (on right) – July 22, 2012

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 Barbra Larssen, August 2, 2012

Christian Krohg, Barbra Larssen

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!

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