Trying to Unfold

Hello my friends,

This week I've been working on the lesson for week 36 of Life Book 2016, in which the fabulous Annie Hamman created a beautiful intuitive portrait with acrylic paints. It was fascinating to watch the process, as Annie showed us how to make a wet palette and mix our colours, then build the face in stages, starting with the darkest values and working towards the lighter values.

Annie made it look so easy, and I loved watching her painting unfold so much that I watched the lesson videos three times!! Putting the techniques into practice wasn't quite so easy, and my picture went through some VERY ugly stages, but I persevered until it got to a point where I could call it done and move on ...

When I saw this little person looking back at me the next morning, I found myself wondering who she is and what she is thinking - she looks a bit kind of wary and watchful I think. I would really like my next picture to come out happy, but I don't seem to have much control over how it turns out yet!!

Thanks for popping over today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx


Lizzy Hill said…
You've got the face so looks almost like a religious icon to me....or an Eastern European feel at the very least. Interesting how your portraits often have a hint of sadness to them??? Too psychological for me....anyways, she looks pretty amazagobs from where I'm standing :):)
Helen Wallace said…
Yes, chiming in with Lizzy; I think she has a transluscence about her. And she does appear very watchful. I really admire what you are achieving Annie. Good for you stretching your wings. :D
A wonderful painting, Annie! Her eyes seem to be telling a story of hardship and heartache. You're right, we can't always control what or who appears at the end of the process. Loving the blue of her scarf and the patterns in it!
Val-Belle said…
I agree with all the other and as Zsuza said she seems to be watching and I also see hardship and heartache and also resiliance to me too. Beautiful and I so admire you for doing this course. Looks like you are having the time of your life and growing beyond measure <3