Friday, 22 February 2013

A Journal Page and Faces




My entry for this week’s Art Journal Every Day is my Face 22 of 29 Faces in February. 
Face 22

I used acrylics, gouache and coloured pencils.  It is quite subdued for me. And it got me thinking that perhaps it is time for me to do a monochromatic painting.  Being a colour junkie, I think sometimes I use colour in place of form.  So here goes:
 
I decided to scan it as I went.  The drawing was on gesso coated card A4 size. 


Then I blocked in some raw umber. With a touch of naples yellow.
Face 23
Finally, I added a bit of magenta to my colour mix, with a touch of ultramarine blue to darken the browns.  Technically speaking she is not monochromatic any more, but what the heck. 
 
Oh, I used acrylics and at long last feel as if I am getting the hang of them.  I really liked the fact that I did all of this in a space of 3 – 4 hours.  That included the time I allowed each layer to dry before scanning.  At long last I am starting to fall in love with acrylics and my goal of getting on terms with acrylics has been accomplished.  

So there you have it, my Face 23, 6 more to go.




Have a happy Paint Party Friday and a great week journaling everyone.

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26 comments:

  1. This was a fun time. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  2. Such terrific paintings Sharon! Big appreciative sigh from me! HPPF!

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  3. Oh Sharon how I love all your paintings...the first girl looks so beautiful and innocent! The next one looks like she could be a younger version of yourself!! So beautiful too!! Thanks for sharing your process!!

    Big hugs Giggles

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  4. Beautiful painting. Thank you for sharing your work process :) HPPF

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  5. That first one is so evocative - love the purples. And the last one is gorgeous!
    Rinda

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  6. Wow, those are gorgeous! Happy PPF!

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  7. Oh wow, beautiful! Great to see the in-progress shots! Thnx for sharing!

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  8. Face 23 is gorgeous, I just love your color palette. HPPF!

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  9. Your faces are wonderful! Love the colors as well. Enjoyed the process. :) Happy PPF!

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  10. Sharon the first piece is adorable with the sentiment!
    I love it!
    And congrats on this other face too...
    I understand you very good..
    I am a color junkie too.. so it´s very boring for me to draw..
    but I know that I have to do more drawing and practicing shading...
    it´s a dilemma...LOL!

    Happy PPF Sharon!

    xxx Susi

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  11. Beautiful faces full of emotion, really like the loose brush strokes and love your colors! <3

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  12. beautiful paintings!!! Your faces are very expressive.

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  13. This is gorgeous and so full of expression. Thank you for sharing your process in getting to this beautiful painting. HPPF

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  14. Thanks for the insight Sharon. Beautiful expressive work.

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  15. She is so beautiful! The colour range is keeping to one side I would say and I like your sketch very much!

    Would it be ok for you, if I mention you in a blog post?

    Happy PPF!

    Ilona

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  16. the faces are coming along wonderfully and it looks like you are learning a lot from being part of the project, especially in venturing into the monochrome territory... I am thinking you may miss it when it is done...xx

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  17. This is wonderful, Sharon. I love the sculptural feel of the piece. Blessings!

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  18. Both your pieces are lovely. The first face feels like she is emerging from something to me & the second feels as if she has arrived. I really like the undefinedness (is that a word?) of the first one. And I think you and acrylics like each other!

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  19. HI Sharon..so gorgeous..the first paintings has such an illuminating feel and glow to it..fascinating energy! and the second..took my breath away...so elegant..she is divine..Angelic...her face is exquisite..the fleshtones and shading..wonderful..very drawn to her spirit and presence..made me wonder what her name is..or if you named her!She feels really special.
    Happy creating
    Victoria

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    1. Funny you should ask about her name, I keep thinking I know her, someone from my past, but the name keeps slipping away. I know I will paint her again so the name will come to me I am sure. Thanks for your kind comments.

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  20. Sharon ~ so talented! Lovely creations ~ your portraits are awesome ^_^

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  21. Sharon, this is so beautiful. I only hope I can get to the point where I can say with you that I love acrylics. It's a struggle trying to get used to that medium for me. I love the way the magenta added richness. And the first painting has such a soft, ethereal appearance.

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    1. I have to say that this is the first acrylic painting where I have felt comfortable, hope it continues! I was almost ready to give up and thought I will have one more go, so keeping at it is the answer.

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  22. I love both of your wonderful ladies, thank you for sharing these gorgeous creations. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  23. This is truly amazing all the different processes. Blessings, Janet PPF

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