Week 26 of Life Book 2016 and we had a lesson with the amazing Pam Carricker who showed us how to map a face and create a painterly portrait - of ourselves EEEEKK!!!! We learned how to mix hues, tints and tones of just one coour with black and white.
This was a HUGE struggle for me - firstly because I really don't enjoy looking at pictures of myself, secondly because although Pam made it look easy and fun, the technique did not come naturally to me, and thirdly because I rather unwisely chose to use a smiling picture as my reference.
After about three hours of trying really really hard, I had a tiny tantrum and wiped off all the paint with baby wipes!!! Then I noticed that some of the paint had stayed put on the gessoed background, leaving a kind of shadowy version of my portrait - it said to me "don't give up - you can save me!" so the following evening I had another go at it, adding details back in with water soluble pencils .... and in the end I was really happy with it and glad I didn't chuck it in the bin ...
It's not exactly the most flattering portrait ever painted, but hey! Strangely enough, somehow I can see my Mum in there too .... :o)
Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon.