Monday, January 4, 2010

Painting the girls



I have been taking Jane DesRosier (Gritty Jane)'s online class.
This ethnic-looking girl is painted starting from black, adding darker values and using blue/ green tones for the contours of her face to create the shape. The lighter tones are added. So now I know how she achieves the wonderful depth she gets in her paintings and with her faces. Since the class was only several hours long, I decided to do her class this weekend. It really will take some practice but I want to learn all the different ways to paint a face since that is what I love to do the best.

The painting below was also starting from black. I painted her just before Christmas before I had even signed up for Jane's class. I thought it was rather interesting that I started this one from black then that's what Jane taught in her class. This girl actually started out to be an angel with a halo which turned into a hat and wings that turned into trees. She looks a bit miffed because I think she actually wanted to be an angel.

10 comments:

CelticWoman said...

Martha, you get stronger and stronger, those faces are hard to do, enjoy! Hugs

Mary said...

They are both great, but I really like the first one!!! Tell her she is in good company, sometimes we do want to be what we are or how we were created to be, but that the creator knows best!! :)

sleepyhead designs studio said...

I love the angel....and I saw her as an angel even before you said that, isn't that funny? So I guess you recommend her online class?? I've never considered taking an online class before--don't know why--but I'll have to look into it. I did a Santa painting starting from black, simply bc I messed up. But I like how he turned out. btw, mentioned you in my post last week.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I learn so much from seeing your art Martha and from reading how you did it. The women are so enchanting. Love it.

Lee Ann

sleepyhead designs studio said...

Thanks for visiting-and yes, I do charge for my classes. I have another blog too which is where I mentioned you-here's the link:
http://callingallsleepyheads.blogspot.com/2009/12/happy-new-year.html

lori vliegen said...

so glad you learned a lot in jane's class!! your new paintings are beautiful....i can see you really taking off with this!! hugs, :))

Nicola said...

That first one especially is GORGEOUS!!! I love painting from black too, i find it really makes me approach a painting differently. I really enjoy it. I love your paintings they are both lovely! Great work!

Brenda said...

I find the concept of starting a painting with a base of black quite fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing your girls. I love them.

Lisa Holtzman said...

I really love this painting and how she evolved. She doesn't look too miffed to me! Really nice Martha.

Rochelle said...

Hi Martha, they look amazing!. But I think you already do great faces. I think you should teach your own class on faces! Also, I read that you plan on taking the face class from Sharon of All Norah's Art. I also plan on taking that class. Should be fun.

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