Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Charcoal Values

Charcoal Value Sketch  © C. Eastwood, 2012
Do not attempt to adjust your screen...there's nothing wrong with it.  The picture is black and white and shades of grey (no...not that kind!).  I'm taking a second on-line class taught by another wonderful artist and teacher who goes by the name of "Gritty Jane" (J. DesRosier -- Portraits and Papers) to add some additional portrait skills and mixed media techniques.  Before we get to the paint and other fun stuff, I get to go back to drawing with charcoal.  I haven't done anything like this since high school, and I am NOT admitting how many years ago that was!  (Let's just say that if I count decades, I can still do it on one hand -- barely, yikes.)  Anyway, since I'm sharing this journey, I figured I'd go ahead and add this one to the batch.

Monday, May 21, 2012

I Love a Good Challenge!

"Layered Reality" (Mixed Media) © C. Eastwood, 2012
I saw a "Frida Kahlo Challenge" and decided it would be fun to try the new mixed media format for painting my own "Frida."  The quote is hers -- "I paint my own reality."  It was fun, and now it's definitely time to branch out into some new applications.  More to come!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mixed Media Continues

"Unconstrained"  (Mixed Media),  © C. Eastwood, 2012
Here's the latest mixed media portrait in my journal.  I decided to try going a slightly different direction and paint a woman of color just to see if I could since the class didn't address doing anything like that.  At first I thought it was going to be a disaster and I was ready to toss it, but I kept adding layers and finally she started peeking through and the portrait emerged from the page.  I learned a lot.  I'm still kind of slow at this, but since it's not a race, that's okay.  The quote surrounding her is from Walt Whitman:  "Re-examine all you have been told -- dismiss what insults your soul."  That's pretty much what I'm doing with my art -- dismissing that part of the past which was hurtful and making my own reality.  Hope you enjoy this painting.