Friday, February 5, 2010

Faces - online classes

I have been taking several online classes that teach portrait painting.  I am having a great time with learning the different techniques. 

Each instructor has their own way of not only teaching; but how to create the human face.  When I first decided to take these classes I wanted to be as realistic as possible with my results. Now that I have been practicing for the last month or so, I have a better idea of what I want to get out of these classes.

I am wanting to find my own style.  I am not going to ever be a traditional artist.  I have no desire to travel that road.  I am totally in love with mixed media and am wanting to learn as much as possible so I can find my own voice. 

These are a couple of faces I have completed while doing Misty Mawn's online class.  They are created using shiva oil paint sticks.  I so love them.  Just ordered more colors from dick blick.  They are just wonderful. 

I am also taking Sharon Tomlinson's class.  It started today.  As I complete the lessons I will post faces created using her technique.  She uses folk art paint and her creations are just darling.  She also uses napkins which I just love.  I have been playing with them ever since I did a swap last year. 

The other classes I am taking are from Monica Zuniga from Hand and heart, and Pam Carriker from creative workshops.  Each are totally different from the other; but I have learned so much from every one of them. 

Enjoy online classes they have so much to offer; but remember they are there to teach you techniques.  It is up to you take those different techniques and find your own style.  Don't wish to create as your instructor.  Your work is beautiful and it is from your heart that is what makes it special.  It takes time to learn the techniques you are not going to be perfect your first month or even year.  These instructors have been doing art for years.  Understand that you are just starting your journey.  Enjoy the process it is suppose to be fun.