Being self taught has some great advantages. I just give
in to the urge to paint whatever I want.
Sometimes it is owls….
Sometimes it is poodles…
This week - I have had an overwhelming desire to paint abstract.
Really really abstract.
Then and Now
I subconsciously painted a green face that represented my dental woes the other day and decided that as long as I had that green paint mixed up and I still have dental woes, that I would paint a couple more....
Then I played with the green face on the "Superimpose" app on my phone....
What can I say?
Here is a photo journey
of painting a face!
It started with a painting a friend gave me to paint over.
She bought it at at thrift store and did not get around to using it herself.
I have been in a yellow mood lately - so thought I would go with that.
I painted thickly in places and put some texture in there and then splattered some blue/green on top.
Added some pink and orange over that...
Added black lines.
White stripes. Check!
Decided I wanted the roundy part at the bottom - so flipped the canvas around and then blocked in a face.
Eyes - mouth - yep. That's gonna be a face.
Face outline and jaw...
Darker nose and then added hair hair and more hair...
Put some white on the eyes and each eye ended up looking a
Wiped the paint off.
Got the eyes figured out - added more hair and added lines around the pink cheeks.
I painted the wooden frame black and today will re-assemble it all back together and it will be for sale!
3'X4' repurposed latex paint on reclaimed canvas!
Ya know, you work by yourself, you talk to yourself, you breathe all those paint fumes by yourself, and sometimes you get some crazy ideas!
I decided to give, yes GIVE a painting to Pam.
She got to pick out the one she wanted and walk away with a FREE painting.
There is a catch....
She has to carry it around with her for a month and send me a photo every day.
Here I am on the left, handing the Sassy Bird painting over to Pam.
Oh, I knew right away that Pam would take good care of her new painting!
They went to Burgerville to get to know each other over sweet potato fries and a Whopper.
They went to visit Grandma...
Then to Joanne's Fabrics, and just look at that bird now.
What Sassy Bird does not like to preen and show off a bit?
Sassy Bird looks a little peeved that there are Valentine decorations out when it is not even Xmas yet.
The buttons look Yummy!
At Walgreens, Sassy got into the
What a nice surprise!
Pam made Sassy some pajamas and slippers for Xmas!
I was painting a background on a canvas and at my stopping point, I stepped back and said to myself,
"Hey! That looks like a face!"
I had been thinking of trying to paint faces for a while and this happy accident told me to give it a go.
It showed me that even though it is not a "portrait" it still can look face-like.
So, I decided to give it a go.
Here is the first try.
( I have already painted it over)
I like that the mouth extends beyond the face.
I took that second painting and played with it in a "superimpose" app on my iPhone and really liked the look of the stripes behind the face.
So I thought I would try to paint that.
Face #3 over striped background.
Face # 4.
Trying to figure out how to "block" the sections of a face together. Cool unintended effect - looks like two faces...
Faces # 5 & 6.
Had two scraps of canvas and still thinking about those stripes under the faces.
Remember face #2?
This is the do-over face#2 and is my face painting #7.
I don't like it at all and will do-it-over again.
This may well be a cursed piece of canvas. (sometimes that happens..)
I really like this one, but for some odd reason it looks like Jesus - and not just to me - a couple of friends thought the same thing.
Now, if you knew me, you would find that very, (VERY) amusing.
This was a brief tour of how my process and progress proceeds when I am painting.
I bought some more old vinyl flooring from my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and I have had a blast making floor cloths out of the old vinyl.
I turn the vinyl over and paint the backside.