Friday, April 27, 2012

Painted Ladies - unfinished . . .

The ol' blog has been pretty quiet lately - this has been a busy month with vacation thrown in for good measure.  I have been playing some and this unfinished canvas is my proof - I've been watching videos from Mystele of Little Glimpses Studio (Thanks, Janet for pointing me her direction) and trying to learn how to create faces with layers and layers of paint -
These ladies started out as random paint strokes on cardstock -
Some very rudimentary drawing was added with Payne's Gray (which is totally navy) - I would never have believed that you could ever start a face this way . . .
Next layer was a thin coating of Titan Buff . . .
Then I started adding several layers of paint - Titan Buff with Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber Light.
I ended up with these ladies - I was actually quite pleased with them although they seemed to be rather unhappy - I was tempted to finish the canvas with the name - "A Study in Angst" but then I decided that they really needed finished lips and eyes.
They make me happy now - if only I had time to finish them up - maybe this weekend I can work on it - - -
Linking up to - Art Journal Every Day and Paint Party Friday
BTW - I have been checking out ebooks from the library and reading them on the Kindle App on my cell phone.  I LOVE this so much!!  I was a person that swore to never own a Nook/Kindle - I like the feel of paper and the heft of a book but seriously - how amazing is it to carry a 800 page book in my back pocket?!!

21 comments:

Janet said...

These are fantastic!! I'm so glad you like Mystele's videos. I've learned so much from her.

Anne said...

Great work, love the process shots! Just magical to see these girls metamorphosing! Happy PPF!

Giggles said...

Oh Wow I love these!! Great job!! I love mysteles and Janet too!! You managed to keep your own style too!!

Hugs Giggles

miriam miller said...

thanks for showing the process-I loved it! I really want to improve my face skills.happy ppf

La Abela said...

A very creative work. Saludos

veronica said...

very cool!!!
love the build up of color. thanks for showing us the layers too. it is amazing how you can do that!

Linda said...

Love your page-those are some fantastically done faces-wow!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Amazing lady paintings!!
Love seeing how you built up the layers of color!
Great faces with the patterned paper contrasting them!

I am your newest blog follower, too!

♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Lynn said...

How fun to see how they came to be birthed! Great job!!!!

Netty said...

wow thank you for sharing this wonderful technique but am amazed you can paint on something so small. Happy PPF, Annette x

pauline said...

Wow, this is so awesome... i love the steps you shared for their faces. Wonderful work! I hope you post the final piece. Happy weekend! xoxo

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

thanks or sharing the steps so we can really appreciate the finished product...xx

Kimberly Jones said...

Your painted ladies are beautiful Michelle! I love the way the eyes turned out. I can't wait to see how you finish them. And I loved seeing the process as you added the layers!

Palma said...

OH! These look like great fun to do! Must try and gorgeous results.

Amy* said...

What an amazing transformation! I so enjoyed seeing the step by step process on how you turned random brush strokes into lovely ladies. Beautiful work!

Amy*

Sue said...

Wonderful work! I have heard of her before and this has convinced me to investigate Mystele further.

Layers are definitly the way to go. These faces have so much depth and charcater...lovely:)
xx

DJ said...

i never thought i would say this to you: You're a genius!!!

kristin maynes said...

Thanks for sharing your process. Your girls are adorable!! Happy PPF!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Amazing transformation. Lovely faces and great choices for patterns.

mx said...

Aahhhh, this is excellent!!! Thanks for sharing your process.

Michelle said...

Wow, Michelle, this is great! Thanks so much for sharing the process. I really like your "study in angst" phase as well. I can't wait to see the finished product.