Portrait With Fanciful Headpiece

scan0191Portraits with fantastical hats and headpieces still intrigue me. This one was cut from a fanciful chandelier in a decor magazine and I added ivory tulle on the sides and the gold feather flourish. By the way, I was perusing a Veranda magazine yesterday and saw a little watercolor I liked by Harrison Howard. I went to http://www.harrisonhoward.com and enjoyed his gallery of paintings. He does these whimsical garden scenes with flowers as ladies–the blooms being on their heads. And a couple of portraits have whole bouquets on top. Light, delicate, colorful pictures, quite enchanting. Time to start cutting out flowers…

Veiled Portrait With Bird

scan0196She’s medieval looking, don’t you think? I saw that jeweled bracelet in a mag and knew it would be a great headdress. The background is gold metallic crayon dotted on the paper and then a grey wash over it. I’d like that as wallpaper. Think how long that would take and how many crayons worn down to little nubbins! I miss drawing my kitschy ashtrays, funky vases and vintage dolls, etc. But the portraits are a lot of fun. Probably more enjoyable to view too. By the way, a few of my drawings are available to buy on kids clothing and cards, etc. on my Redbubble account. There is a link if you click on “shop” in the black bar at the top of the web site. It’s a work in progress with more to come, thanks to my daughter-in-law’s tireless help.

Collage Portrait With Sunglasses

scan0192Let’s see now, where am I? Yikes, 2015 is cutting a trail already! But a fresh start is a good thing. Emphasis on FRESH. So cold outside! Good day to stay inside and draw. I did some veiled portraits recently but I never got around to the veil on this one because I saw these sunglasses in a magazine–the perfect size and color–so I couldn’t resist using them. Really the color was so right on! And couldn’t we all use a pair of rose-tinted glasses? I think so. The dress was cut fromĀ a treasured scrap of printed tissue paper. After watching some tutorials, I had a little more luck with this portrait by wetting the face, then painting so the colors blend easily. Can’t believe it took me so long to get that. But I’m happy to learn, however long it takes. And if I could just remember it all, that would be great.

Woodland Portrait

scan0185This portrait was done in memory of Nancy Jo– Carly’s mom. I didn’t know her but I probably would have liked her. She liked nature and being out in the woods and at the beach. Carly loves the outdoors too and is a plant pathologist. So I decided on the leafy collage headpiece with a chipmunk. And the veil of course.