Wow, where did January go? I have been painting almost daily and doing some larger works too and revisiting Encaustics! Watercolor is where I began and I go back to it like seeing an old friend…so January was full of those. I especially love using a Stabilo pencil with water – magic happens!! Below are just a few of my works for January which can be found in my ETSY store.
While sketching, I pushed myself to draw outside the “perfect” features of a woman’s face. To tell the whole truth, I was actually was getting tired of doing “perfect”. So, I elongated this woman’s nose quite a bit and made her eyes more expressive. Look at that mole! I loved her in the sketch, so decided to make a large, 18×24 canvas of her …mostly so I could go crazy with color! And I did.
I started “Annabelle” with ephemera papers, adding marks and color. I sketched her on the canvas and played with some color leaving her to dry while I went out to eat. We chose a Chinese restaurant which was auspicious as I received a wonderful fortune and couldn’t resist adding that to her background the next day. The fortune says “We can not change the wind, but we can adjust the sails”. Since I had originally adjusted her from a “perfect” face, I felt the sentiment belonged to this portrait. As a last bit of excitement, I added some transparent oil over her background and complexion. What a wonderful way to make her skin look like antique porcelain. The transparent oils really add a deep, saturated color and also added a vintage feel overall. I will use this technique again!
So here’s a few of the many artworks made for Jan 2018. You can see everything new in my ETSY store: