Thursday, January 21, 2010

In putting this blog together, one of the things I want to do is show how I've always done portraits. But when I try to put down in words what I've learned and how I start drawing portraits I get lost. I never learned the drawing of the oval with the lines to show where the eyes, ears ,mouth and hairline go. I never learned any of that until much later in life. I just drew! Usually starting an eye, then working in the outline of the face as I laid in the nose and mouth.
I will try to show this from the beginning, once I figure out how. Once I start a portrait I go right brained in a big way, and I usually dont remember much.....the portrait just "becomes". I hope you will come to understand this as you follow me on this adventure.
Since I know about the ovals and the grids, etc. a little more now I will attempt to use them, too. But please remember, I'm learning , too, and you will find your own way to draw portraits. I'm just one of many teachers out there.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I decided to post both portraits. When I photographed Griffins portrait it turned out blueish! It's actually black on white drawing paper. The portrait of Jackson Rathbone is on a tannish grey pastel paper. Both of these are in progress. The mouths are causing me grief. But I will work with them and post as I make progress on each.
Because Griffin is a African American baby, he really is a challenge! I have not done either before and I want to capture the realessence of this very special little boy!
I will post soon!

Griffin and Jackson Rathbone Portraits

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I Am Waiting, I Am Waiting, Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah!

Two days of cloudy, windy and I havent been able to photograph my portraits outside. Tommorow looks about the same but I havent given up!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

It's Been A Long,Long Time.....

Happy New YEAR!!
One of my resolutions is to start using this blog to show my journey as an artist. Drawing portraits, learning to use color, all the things I never had formal training for. Since this is a new year beginning, I begin. I plan to show my work in all stages, knowing that how I work may not be the way someone else does. I learned on my own, because I loved a Beatle named George and for some reason the only way this adolecent girl had to express that love was through a portrait.
And that started this journey....with many stops off the main road, it has NEVER been my intention to be anything else. I have done many other creative things along the way, all important to my growth and where I was in my life. The saying "If you're given lemons, make lemonade." comes to mind. These will come up as I create and share here. If I can help one other struggling artist, or inspire someone to do something they've always wanted to do but didn't feel they could, or should, for WHATEVER reason, well, I believe that's what it's all about.
I have 2 portraits in various stages that I am going to attempt to photograph today and get up onto the blog. But it's very windy out....let you know!! :>

Friday, January 1, 2010

Testing 1,2,3,4....

I'm checking to see if this goes to the right blog.....