July 27, 2012

Diary of Faces wk 2

Here is my rendition of Nicolae Grigorescu’s painting named Gypsy's Head. Nicolae Grigorescu was a Romanian Painter, 1838-1907 and was one of the founders of modern Romanian painting.  You can see more of his art by clicking here.

Here is my initial sketch


This is my painting, and it seems that somewhere in the middle of the painting she decided to look elsewhere than straight ahead. I mean, in my initial sketch and the original painting the eyes are looking straight ahead and now they are looking to the left.   But over all I’m pleased with the results. At least she isn’t googly eyed right?


and below is the original work by the artist:

Nicolae Grigorescu-Gypsy's Head

I’m linking to Paint Party Friday. Please go visit this blog and all the wonderful art by the participants.


One last note: And I have to say welcome back to my precious Little G who spent a confusing week away from his mama, papa and nana. My cautionary note for the week: If you’re thinking of taking a child away from his only source of security, please think of the child and not your own petty reasons for taking him. It took him quite a while to feel secure again that we weren’t going to leave him.  I’m sure no one reading this blog would do that to a child but I had to say it.  That’s all.

July 24, 2012

I don’t know how it happened….

I don’t know how it happened !!! Whaaa?? ….Ok that’s a bit overly dramatic… I’ll back up 20 paces…Last night I pulled out one of my 29 faces sketches. I remember that the entire time I was drawing it, I was drawing a female … or so I thought.  So I began by tearing away the excess paper and gluing the just head and neck to a 6” x 12” board.  Then after it dried, I started painting this girl:

Day 2 IMG_0043


and right in front of my eyes, “she” turned into a surfer dude.  I don’t know how it happened. Maybe it was the thicker eyebrows or the widening of the space between the eyes. The jaw looks a bit more “square” but that must have been surfer dude wanting to get out because I didn’t do that intentionally.


I think it’s OK though, because I kinda like him. He makes me want to visit the beach.

But I will have to try painting “her“ again later.

July 18, 2012

Diary of Faces week 1 painting

I’m back to faces, and I’ve been taking the Diary of Faces online class with Sharon Tomlinson of http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/  In this class we are recreating faces painted by foreign artists. I found a self-portrait by Zinaida Serebriakova done in 1930 that I really liked and cropped it leaving just the head and shoulders. The full painting can be seen by clicking the artist’s name.

Zinaida Serebriakova Self-Portrait


This is my rendition. It doesn’t look the same and no one is going to mistake it for the original but I am very happy with the result.


July 12, 2012


I’m not a very spiritual person but for some time now I have been fascinated by images of saints and angels. I’ve been to cemeteries to take photographs of the statues of angels and have even used one of them in my journal pages. You can see it here at the bottom of the long post.

When I was drawing this girl last month I had an urge to finish her as a saint but for some reason resisted. I finally decided to go for it:


The quote is:

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

by Mother Teresa.

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to read your thoughts, so please leave a comment. :)

July 6, 2012

What a busy week.

I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to paint or post this week. It’s been a busy week. We had two birthdays this week. My G’s have a birthday only 1 day apart.  Little G is 2, and Big G is his Papa. We had a lovely birthday birthday dinner for Big G on Monday and although Little G’s birthday was on Tuesday, we’re having a birthday party for him on Saturday complete with 10 or 11 other little ones.Yikes! And we still have gifts to assemble.  Oh my! 

Here are my two birthday boys, Little G loves his grandpa, and wants to go everywhere with him.


This is what I worked on this week:


Linking to Paint Party Friday!


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