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Carla Sonheim Faces

Faces 101

This week I am taking an on-line class from Carla Sonheim.

It has been so much fun, Faces 101. We will create 101 faces by the end of the week. We have used a variety of materials and worked from different source material.

Watercolor and pencil
Watercolor and pencil

This was our first day’s project: watercolor and pencil…. painting little blobs for face and little blobs for hair then adding features. This was from our imagination.

Ink painted with eye dropper.
Ink painted with eye dropper.

Day 2 found us using an eye dropper and ink to draw a face from a photo or other source material.

Pencil and eraser.
Pencil and eraser.

Today was a fun scratchy pencil drawing where we removed pigment with eraser.

Pastel and eraser.
Pastel and eraser.

We finished today with using pastels and erasers, always fun to complete the class with color.

The classes are extremely reasonable, this one is $35. If you need a little creative recreation check out Carla Sonheim’s offerings.

 

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pets Uncategorized

Big Cats

For Christmas I wanted to give my daughter a painting of her cats, her big cats. She had wanted one for several years. The time was finally right. So I began with a large canvas, 30″ x 40″.

Step 1 for Big Cats
Step 1 for Big Cats

I painted the background with a yellow gold acrylic, just to get started. I sketched the cats in with a pencil then started using my oil paints.

Big Cats Step 2
Big Cats Step 2

The cats are the way I want them so it must be time to begin the background.

Big Cats Step 3
Big Cats Step 3

I began to tear paper and form what would represent an Oriental rug and feline pillows. This is a meditative process for me. Tearing and fitting and gluing. The piece presents itself and unfolds as I go.

Big Cats Step 4
Big Cats Step 4

The paper is on.

Mia and her Big Cats. copyright 2013
Mia and her Big Cats.
copyright 2013

The background colors have changed. The cats are touched up and given extra texture and color with a fan brush. A few toy mice and a piece of string are added to the composition.

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Beach Uncategorized

Gina’s Beach

This year I accepted a commission to paint a place beloved by a lovely lady.  Her husband brought me photos of this place, their family at this place and their bicycle, in this place.

Months passed as I sketched, conferred,  and designed this piece. It was 30″ x 40″.

in the beginning...
in the beginning…

So here we go with the ground to build the painting on.

The beach is roughed in.
The beach is roughed in.

I am enjoying the light in the white oil paint.

Adding the life guard chairs and the hotel in the background.
Adding the life guard chairs and the hotel in the background.
Looks like some people on this beach.
Looks like some people on this beach.

The family is appearing on the canvas as they take in a day at the beach.

Now the feline friends.
Now the feline friends.

How to present the cat that is living and a representation of the ones who are not?

Hmmm.
Hmmm.

The family pets who have passed away are hidden in the clouds. The water takes on more color. The blue walkway and grasses move in as the kitty in the foreground takes shape.

The family is painted in on their blanket and on the skim boards.
The family is painted in on their blanket and on the skim boards.

The photos for this painting were taken around 20 plus years ago so this is a compilation of memories and images. The pink bicycle has moved to the other side of the canvas.

The hotel has taken on color and landscaping.
The hotel has taken on color and landscaping.

This was a wonderful experience. We printed note cards so there would be a way to share the image.

Thank you dear friends for this opportunity.