Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Did an on line class with Karyn Gartel painting stylized portraits. I discovered that it is hard for me to do stylized as I tend to go realistic even though I don't do realistic very well. Nor, I discovered, do I follow direction well. I really know for sure now how rebellious I truly am. I just couldn't seem to follow the instructions and kept going off and doing my own thing.
I started off just fine cutting up decorative papers and gluing the pieces to the canvas. I also did well adding the gesso. But then, I had to bring in my own little signature into the mix and started to glue down some torn book pages and writing over the gesso. I didn't follow the instructions for the face either as I didn't really like what I was drawing so I did my own interpretation. Then I needed to add ephemera on top of that so I stuck a flower in her hair, used decorative paper for her dress and trim on the bustline and added some netting that was calling out to me for texture.
Okay, so I probably should have stuck to the instructions just to see what would happen but it just didn't seem right to me. The good news is that I like how it turned out and I started another one.