I finished my 30 Day portrait challenge – it was fun but glad to have it done. Here are some of our portraits from the last week that I haven’t yet shared:
Here is a video showing the time lapse of drawing and painting one of these portraits (the reference photos are on the left). I was glad to get to the point of doing very little tracing by the end of the challenge.
And, to close out this chapter, here is a collection of all 30 portraits from the challenge .
We are still here, although we had a bit of a scare yesterday. Our landscapers called and said there was no water at the Northport house (more pretentiously known as the cottage). The pump to the well was not working; we thought we might have to go see about getting it repaired. Fortunately, Teresa was able to go check it and get it started again. Thanks!
I promised some photos. This first one was taken on our morning walk and it sure looked like rain clouds might be coming in:
I then thought it would be nice to get a photo of the house:
Oops, gonna have to rethink that one. There is a house back there, but you can only see parts of it as you enter the driveway.
Lou is working on train computer stuff, and I did another iPainting – this is Day 26 in my 30 day challenge. The first time I ever tried drawing and painting a child. Kind of difficult. Also, we were supposed to use the “painterly” technique of dabbing splashes of color and making it look like we knew what we were doing. I didn’t, but fortunately had a tutorial to follow.
We chilled yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I made one big outing to the local grocery store. First time since the mask mandate was lifted. Lots of younger people still wearing masks which was good, as presumably they haven’t yet been vaccinated. Lou had to unpack the new garage freezer that arrived after having been ordered almost a year ago! It will be nice to have lots of freezer space to stock up for those snowy winter days.
My plan is to get outside and do some macro photography of local flowers and ferns. Not sure that will happen, so I leave you with my recently completed portrait project (Lou thought the Leonardo DaVinci inspired portrait from last week was supposed to be him 😂😱😭}.
Happy to report, Stitch behaved himself yesterday. Both dogs are soundly napping – and so is Lou. Must be that fresh mountain air.
I have been keeping up with my #30faces30days portrait challenge, and am now up to day 24. I will post a recap at the end, but here are two of my recent favorites. The first one was a creative stretch, and we had to combine elements from different drawings to make the portrait. Similarly, the second one had some additional steps to create the weathered paper for the background. Lots of fun!
For some reason, I have thought every day this week was Friday … only to realize today that Friday doesn’t arrive until tomorrow! Being retired is tough.
We are having new flowers planted, so will take photos tomorrow. For now, you are stuck checking out my latest iPainting efforts. I have been doing another online class about painting portraits, and it is just about finished. Here is one of my final projects – this is done a little different from my normal tutorials, where I can follow step by step. In this class, we learned many different techniques and practiced eyes, noses, mouths, etc. then we put it all together to draw a portrait. We do get to use a reference photo.
I call this one “Orange Julia.”
Don’t worry, you don’t have to love it 😊- I am not entirely happy with it, but I learned a lot and had fun.
No snow today. Sunny and chilly. Nothing much new. Taking a little break from gaming to get back to my art. Never know when I might need to make a buck (all kidding aside, Olivia actually does get paid for commissions for her digital art – maybe she will share with us in the future).
Lou has been busy re-creating our sunroom which is where we watch TV and work on our hobbies. Will share once he has completed the renovation.
Here are samples of my drawing practice (using the iPad):