I have a long post today to catch up on my Diary of Faces. I have been painting the faces from this class with Sharon Tomlinson, and really enjoying the process. It has not been easy, and I am not always happy with the outcome, but, I always learn something.
Week 4 – Charles Frederick Goldie
I used a grid to try and capture the proportions. The hands were quite a challenge.
Week 5 – Giovanni Boldini
This was a very different style, but I really enjoyed the loose quality of the painting process.
Week 7 – Irma Stern
Don’t ask about Week 6. I may finish that painting one day. I really enjoy the Irma Stern painting – very bold and quite fun to paint. This is one of my better paintings.
Week 8 – Madge Gill
This week did not involved painting, but drawing in ink. I really love Madge Gill’s work – so fresh and playful.
Week 9 – Wladyslaw Slewinski
It was such a challenge to do a figure. Trying to get the skin tones to where I liked them took many, many layers, but, I like the result.
Week 10 – George James Coates
The challenge this week was to start with a black background. This was difficult as I had to re-frame my thinking about light and dark values. I do not like the shape of the face, but generally feel this was successful.
Week 11 – Agnes Millen Richmond
This week is an American painter. Sharon creatively used herself as the American painter and I loved her outcome. I decided to look for an American painter and found this painting that I wanted to try because it had a landscape in the background. The title is “Woman in Green Suit in Autumn”. I have not achieved a likeness, or anything even close, but I am generally happy with the result. I liked playing with little dabs of color.
Week 12 – Fritz von Kamptz
This was quite a challenge as the painting has a hazy, ethereal quality to it. I tried to capture that quality, and did not succeed, but had quite an experience nonetheless. I know the final painting is not in proper proportion, but, I am trying to keep moving on as I am behind in class.
I am still two weeks behind in the paintings for this class which is 18 weeks long. I will have to accept that I am behind, and will get further behind due to travel (a work trip followed by vacation). I will post on my travels and on my workshop next weekend with Tangie Baxter! I desperately need a vacation. It has been 22 weeks without a full week off from work! I have take a day here and there, but, not a week or more. How did I let that happen? Stay tuned for pictures from the workshop, San Diego, and Sedona, AZ.