At about 10:00 pm on February 1 I learned about a challenge to draw a face a day for 29 days – or is it 29 faces in the month of February? I’m not sure. You can join in on this challenge too. It’s not too late. Well, I technically finished the first face around 2 in the morning the first day. I grabbed a scrap of watercolor paper that I had done some paint tests on and did one of my favorite techniques: wet into wet. I made a simple 9×6 portrait.
Day 2 I nearly missed my deadline again – it’s been a busy week – and by “deadline” I don’t mean it was midnight, I mean stayed up WAY past my bedtime painting. I thought about making this month a meditation of gratitude for the women in my life. So I started with the most important, my mom. I pulled an old photo of her off her Facebook page. This time I used a 12×12 board to see how it would hold up to paint and tried out an oxide red and a white acrylic. I was going for a classic sort of look. My focus for this month is not to make paintings that look like the person but to be inspired by the feel of the photo and to make a pretty picture using supplies I don’t usually get to play with. The limited colors worked great and the board added another mid tone.
Day 3 Some things changed and I realized how I could share this so that viewers could be part of the challenge and my inspiration. I got help from Asheville Marketing Solutions and they helped me set up an online contest! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do a face every day – although, this week is the most challenging week – I am going to do my best. Day 3 I finished late but I got needed inspiration from a friend that has done me amazing favors. She’s done so many wonderful things for me that I can’t repay her with a few portraits but that’s what I’m going to do anyways. This week is dedicated to generosity and the helping hand that we receive.
This is taken from a photo of her son blowing bubbles.
- cray pas
- white acrylic
I diluted the cray pas with the turpenoid to make it smear more like oils and then used some chalk for the highlights and low lights but I’m not sure how everything will stay. I layered on some white acrylic but of course acrylic and oil doesn’t work so it began to peel off while I worked on it. I’ll be giving this a coating when it’s dry.
It’s like a 30 day challenge but in the month of February.
There you have it. 10% complete on this challenge already. Fantastic.
Would you like to be part of the 29 faces? I will be drawing a winner every Friday during the month of February. Enter a photo for a chance to have your own portrait. Just visit my Facebook page to enter.
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