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Friday, January 21, 2011

Progress on the face.

As you can see I did a bit more on her face today.There is still a lot of detail to do.
After putting her nose on several times and wiping it off I found that when I drew the nose it was to far to one side.Not centered under the eyes or over the mouth.I am not trying to be exact just want to be comfortable with the way it looks.

I actually spent several hours trying to figure out what was wrong. It would have been best if I had just gotten up and left it for a while. I do get intense when I paint the faces.Relax!! take a deep breath!!Walk around.I need to remember that.

I have done some shading with the lighter colors and will be doing more.

I am happy with her mouth shape and will work on color .As you can see the one eye pupil is not as round as the other.It helps to take pictures and view them on the computer.
Time to stop now wash my brushes and do some red work stitching.j

Thursday, January 20, 2011

First steps to painting this doll

This is the first 2 steps to painting the doll.
To prepare the dolls head for painting i used paper clay to fill in the seams.Sanded them smooth.Added the cloth ears and used paper clay to smooth out the seam.
I usually use the top of a man's tube sock or cut the sleeve of a sweater and slip it onto the doll body to keep paint off the body.Of course,today, I forgot.
 The  first picture a wash of solvent and burnt umber. Nothing exact with that.
 I use masking tape to define the neck from the body. Painting far enough down to allow a lower dress neckline.
The doll color is painted on ----dark to light.
The darkest of the 4 brown color I applied today. I will do shading tomorrow.
I worked a bit on the eyes.A basic outline.
This part of the painting is always interesting for me.I really never know how it is going to look until I start applying the paint and blending and shading.It is fun.j

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A new oil painted doll

It has been a very long time between dolls. This one has been sewn together for a while.
I mixed paint to paint the arms on the last black doll I made and decided as long as I had the paint palette there I might as  well paint another doll.
The first step is to draw on the face.I use water color pencils to put on her face .

I will give the head a wash of burnt umber. After it is dry I can get down to the fun of putting on her face.After the wash I will use a tiny brush and paint the features again with brown acrylic paint.

The paint palette is a lot of ultra marine blue and burnt sienna. I have never had any training with mixing paints so it is a guess thing for me.I did get the colors to use from the class I took with Susan Fosnot.
This mix gives beautiful browns. I never would have thought mixing the 2 would give brown. Shows how little I know.A bit of yellow orche and a bit of white give different shades of brown.j