Thursday, February 6, 2014

Although I've been on a long vacation, I did start on the 29 Faces   beginning February 1st.  I'm home now catching up on bills, laundry, shopping, appointments and all my recorded shows.  I'm a bit short some faces, but I hope to catch up soon.
I love doing portraits though I'm a bit rusty.  Beginning Feb 10th, I'll be taking a watercolor portrait workshop with master watercolorist Ted Nuttall.  I'll be doing a very special portrait that will be a graduation gift if everything works out.  I wanted to sharpen my drawing skills and thought this project would be perfect. So, while I was out in Mesa, Arizona and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico  I took quite a few pictures of my, most of whom are artists, at both vacation spots.  Aside from a few animals, or made up faces, most of my faces will be of the fun ladies I spent with in January and February 2014.

My first portrait is of a  lady known as "Joy Flower".  I think I elongated her features a bit, but I think I got a fair resemblance. Joyflower has had a very special year, becoming a grandma for the very first time!
JoyFlower - colored pencils
Lost Cities - graphite

The second portrait was done in graphite while watching whales in the Sea of Cortez.  This young, hipster lady is known as "Lost Cities" and is quite the camera collector.  She must have have had 5 cameras hanging off her neck. Some were vintage film cameras and the rest were digital.  She takes beautiful pictures and everyone at Artzona coveted her animal ATCs.  

My third portrait was done on the plane trip returning to San Diego from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  I can see I skewed her features a bit, it must of been the position I was holding my sketchbook, but I still see some resemblance of this sweet lady.  She is a sweet wonderful zentangle artist!

Chatty - Pen (Flowers added later)

My fourth portrait is a present for my friend Mae.  She and I pick an animal each year and throughout the year, we find trinkets and make art with the themed animal of the year.  In lieu of birthdays and holidays, we celebrate "Festivus" sometime at the beginning of the new year.  This year it was the "Lion" and  I'm hoping the next year will be year of the Horse -my Chinese year of birth.

Lion for Mae  7 1/4" x 9 3/4" watercolor


Ayala Art said...

So happy you joined the challenge!
Awesome faces!

Cheryl Ann said...

Oh, my goodness! I am honored that you chose to do a portrait of me. I think you were very kind with your pencils. Just love it! The portrait of Lost Cities is so well done, and a great likeness of Chatty.
Your work is beautiful, just like you.
Looking forward to seeing more!

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Debbie said...

Beautiful portrait work, and the lion is magnificent!

SLScheibe said...

Gorgeous!! I can tell that is Joyflower. Lovely! Gorgeous portrait work as always. You're such a talent!

Rhonda Anderson said...

I'm so happy you like it Cheryl and thank you all for the kind comments!

Cindy D. said...

Wow, amazing portraits! So much depth and color and personality. Love the lion, too. Wonderful!

Lynda Norton said...

Wow, they are fabulous. All wonderful portraits but I do love the first one of 'Joy' the best, great colour she looks a lovely lady too.

Sandra Kaye said...

WOW!!! you are very good!!! Thanks for sharing!

mimi boothby said...

I like your portraits, they are warm and realistic. Your colors are fun. I hope you let me know how the Ted Nuttall workshop turns out, i took a workshop from him, what in 2007 or 2008? and I learned bunches! but you look like you're ahead of me.

The Weaver's Hand-Inspirational Mixed Media Artist said...

these are so wonderful! so fun to see all of these lovely faces and remember how wonderful it was to see them all in person! what a wonderful reminder of an amazing weekend!