“Find a face” #17.Project for a Month . Art journal page “Feeling different”.

face 17The quote for the page reads:”Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not a sitter”(Oscar Wild).

The page was already gessoed before I started, and had washes and spots of pink, red, orange , and brown acrylic paint. I have “found” the face, blocking the shape with mixed green color and stamped around with blue acrylic paint and DIY styrofoam stamp. In the process wet green paint was lifted in some spots. The colorful strip is a left over piece from disassembled and painted brown paper bags ( I use the paper to make handmade journals in variety of sizes).

I wanted to see all the background layers of colors on the face. I used Buff Titanium translucent acrylic paint for the flash part of the painting and Raw Umber (brown) for the outlines.

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“Find a face” # 16 Project for a month. Art journal page “Value silence”.

face 16Mixed media painted collage for today. Techniques used: collage, masking (with spray paint), stamping, and painting.

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Face # 15 , art journal page. Project for a month.

face 15

For the June 14th here is the face # 14.This page had some bright and busy painted background (originally the paper was used to clean up brushes, stencil, stamps etc). If you have read older posts, you know that the idea of the project is to “find a face”. I “found” the face of a child in the existing shades of the background. I left the bottom part of the background showing as is and glazed the top part around the face with translucent yellow paint. It is an acrylic painting.

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“Find a face” #14, art journal page.

face 14

Art journal page with abstract portrait painting (acrylics on black gesso).

This is a good example proving how important to use values. Any colors will work.

I have chosen unusual color palette for the portrait painting on purpose just to practice shading.

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“Find a face” # 13, art journal page. Monochromatic portrait.

face 13

I used grey gesso to prep the page. Painted the face with acrylic paint: Raw umber (white was added for variety of values). I like Crimson red color for the contrast.

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“Find a face” # 12, art journal page.

face 12

Background was collaged first with torn paper , then painted, stamped, stenciled. Portrait is painted with acrylics.

 

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Rainbow portrait. Face 11 (Project for a month)

Art journal page for today’s “Find a face” project is a quick sketch with acrylics. First acrylic washes of primary and secondary colors were applied to the white background. Then the face was “found”.face 11 rainbow portrait

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Realistic portrait in acrylics. Face #10 Project for a month.

face 10 portrait acrylics

Recently I found a step-by-step art instruction book “Children’s portraits in oil” by Wendon Blake/ paintings by George Passantino. I used the demonstration #1 “Brown-haired girl”. Of cause painting with acrylics is not the same as with oils. I had to work very fast mixing and blending. I used red underpainting vs. white canvas (in demo).It was a good exercise.

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“Find a face” #9. Abstract portrait.

Portrait#9 in my Art journal for today (Project for a month “Find a face”) is actually mixed media acrylic painting. Page was primed with toned gesso (I mixed gesso and green acrylic paint). There were some random spots of green and black paint around the page, I just left it. Even though the spots appeared on the face area, I think it just adds to the abstraction of the painting. I have “found” the face in the shades of the colored background .Face 8 Abstract portrait

I also used DIY styrofoam stamps with acrylic paint to add some design on the otherwise plain background.

DIY styrofoam stamps

Black mesh is a piece of window screen adhered with the gloss heavy gel. I like adding textures and found object to my art, but in Art journal I try to use more flat, less dimensional embellishments.

 

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“Cernunnos” Art journal page 51

Recently I was requested to design a business card with the name of the business Cernunnos. I had never heart this name before. I started reading and liked the philosophy in the story about Cernunnos.

For the business card design I made three sketches: in watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media. I personally liked the mixed media with the pale background:Cernunnos sketch

Acrylic painting was approved as the design.

e Cernunnos

My watercolor sketch became a part of  an Art journal page. I just added background, some collaging with inspiring images, and hand written text. This page has a fold.

Cernunnos

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