Tuesday, July 13, 2010
After being inspired by Daisydolls Rebecca Anthony I decided to try drawing a head portrait with flowers on the face and different colors. Rebecca has these techniques down pat and after getting her permission I am posting my version using a similar style to hers.
I painted the entire picture on watercolor paper using Luminart Twinkling H20's watercolors. (see below post for link to their site).
As you can see above I started with a pretty plain drawing of a lady with her hands on her face (hands are rather difficult to draw - and at first I put the thumbs in the front, then I posed my hands on my face and realized it would be impossible to have the thumbs in front DUH! Then I pulled out an acrylic flower stamp I had from a few years back and (using stayzon black ink pad) I stamped 8 flowers around her face). Then my oldest son asked me why I put a flower beard on the lady... so... I thought adding another flower as a ring on her finger would make it not look so much like a beard - lol. Plus I read somewhere that having an odd number of objects in design helps balance the eyes out or something like that.
Next I used pan pastels (skin color) for her complexion but didn't like it so I basically erased it with an eraser. Then starting over I simply drew curved lines down her face and hands then painted them in using similar earthy tones. The blue flowers really stand out with these colors and I was once again inspired by Rebecca's use of this color contrast in her beautful series of eight paintings.
Once finished... I asked my (non-artistic) Hubbub what he thought and he says, "Do you want my honest opinion?" (No hon! I would much rather you lie to me!) and he continues... "It's not my favorite piece of your art!" I must admit, that hurt! But I know I can't expect him to like everything I do! It is definitely not in my nature to be so daring with color or painting over faces in unrealistic shades - now lettering over top of my faces I LOVE to do and am completely comfortable doing! LOL! I however really love the drastic nature this piece took on and I know it's because of my inspiration from Rebecca, so thank you Rebecca for inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone and playing with color!
Hugs to you all and Happy Creating!