Portrait Drawing My Way: Workshop 1 – Loosen up!

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw but been too embarrassed?

Or tried to draw but felt that your drawings don’t look “right”?

Do you think you can only draw stick figures?

Well, this is where you belong! Join me for my portrait drawing workshop series, starting at the very beginning… in a slightly unconventional way.

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Child Portraits: “Girl in Pink” revisited

I spent Australia Day afternoon with my last piece of grey PastelMat paper and a quick painting of the Girl in Pink.

I was feeling a little lazy when I started so didn’t do a detailed preliminary sketch… I just half-heartedly placed a few lines on the page to make sure the head would fit where I wanted it to then I launched in with the colour.

This is as close to “living on the edge” as I get.

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Self-Portraits or “The Search for an Avatar”

I need a new avatar…. but the thought of using a photo of myself is repugnant.

So I thought, perhaps I could use one of my self portraits.  “A self portrait,” I wisely told myself, “will show the world how I see myself rather than how I am seen by others.”

I began to trawl through my collection.

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Creation of a Portrait: Girl with Watermelon – second instalment

This is the exciting part! It’s where a personality emerges from the hideousness, where little tweaks here and there can transform the painting into the person.

I’m at the fiddly stage. I have drawn and painted this little cutie a number of times but always seem to forget that she has a particularly prominent forehead. So I fiddle around with the shape of her head. Then I fiddle around with the shape of her mouth. I’m thrilled to see the cheekiness creep in. Then I move on the hands. Hands are always fiddly. Continue reading

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Creation of a Portrait Painting: Work in Progress “Girl with Watermelon”

I thought I’d let the kids have half an hour screen time this afternoon while I played around at the easel.

Want to see how far I got in … ahem …2 hours?

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A break from portraits – Still Life Pastel Painting

I received a wonderful gift for Christmas – a boxed set of 150 Art Spectrum pastels (thanks Dad & Les!). I feel very spoilt but also inspired to experiment  with all that colour!

I thought I’d have a break from portraits and play around a little more in this pastel painting focussing on colour, light and shadow.

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