Just about done.

Almost done

Almost done

Are you tired of this yet?  Well, it’s just about finished.  I reworked the face the last session, softening the eyes and mouth.  The lower part of my face was too gray, so I tried to make it pinker but now it is a bit too white.  I am pale, but not quite that pale.  I am fairly happy with the eyes and may only touch up the nose a bit on the left.  The mouth is okay and I may just leave everything except to make the cheeks and chin a little more peachy pink.

All in all, I’m not unhappy with this effort.  I am using a 38 year old instamatic photo of me less than an inch square and enlarged with my copier for a grainy reference.  This is my first acrylic portrait since just one I did in college so the whole thing has been quite the experiment.

I’m debating using something more recent and trying again.  It actually has been kind of fun.  It is odd to barely recognize my younger self, although many have commented I still look a lot the same.  The question remains whether I can find a suitable picture because I am NOT looking in the mirror to do it.

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Well, Blech is about all I can say about this

More color

More color

This is not going as smoothly as I had hoped or remembered it being.  For a change, the photo actually looks better than the real piece of artwork.  I think the only part that is passable is the foreground.  The stonework is sketchy and I haven’t quite figured out how I want to do the metal roof and the door.  I am having trouble making fine details with the thicker acrylic paints and I definitely need a smaller brush. I should get a thinning medium also.  Although I have a drying retardant already, I think I may need something more.  I will consider taking an acrylic class this spring too, just to help me remember what I need to do.
The best thing about this is that it is an experiment. I am free to try whatever I want and if things don’t go well, I can use the circular file. Nine canvases from the package to go.

And now for something completely different

Angel ornament

Angel ornament

Ever since the debacle of the coaster tiles, I have been trying to think of something new and more seasonally sensitive to put into my etsy shop. There is an outlet around here that sells overstock  and remainder books from 50 cents to several dollars and I have looked off and on in the arts and crafts section for some ideas. Who can resist a $2 art book bargain?

Rocking horse ornament

Rocking horse ornament

Just for fun I picked up a few books on handmade paper and in one of them was a section on ornaments made using ceramic cookie molds.  Hmmm……. I think I have some of those molds.  They  used to hang decoratively on the kitchen soffits of my last house but were now packed away because there are no soffits here.  I dug them out and sure enough they were the exact same thing as in the book.  I looked on line for the paper pulp and ordered a small amount to see if I could actually do this.

Fraidy cat ornament

‘Fraidy cat ornament

And do you know what?  I could- at least the paper molding part.  The painting has proven to be a bit more of a challenge because I haven’t done much decorative work like this.  It’s been slow going so far.  I had to get more acrylic paint and some more suitable brushes, but I’m learning as I go.  I don’t see it replacing my architectural work, but it is a fun diversion and maybe I can sell a few in my etsy shop.