Wednesday, 20 October 2010

when life sends you darkness look for the light


I finished my painting today for week one of the art course over at willowing. I really enjoyed doing the background for this painting as I have used lots of methods I havent done before such as dripping paint, brayering white acrylics and blending the face with the background. As an exercise we had to write down lots of negative thoughts about ourselves and then gesso over them...using art to understand what positive messages were behind these negative thoughts. I wanted my face to look a lot older so have added laughter lines around the eyes and nose...I am another year older tomorrow! As part of this week's art we also had to add a positive statement and word to our portrait so I have chosen the word strength as I think we become stronger as we fight lifes battles. I am really enjoying painting so think I will do another one tonight with a shorter nose!

13 comments:

Donna said...

Lorraine...this is just beautiful! I love your self portrait. You are such an amazing artist! Wow--you must be so happy to have made this. What an accompishment!

xo
Donna @ Comin' Home

Donna said...

Lorraine, Do you remember who you got your slide show gadget from?

Jo said...

Bravo Lorraine! This is fab. Great choice of word.

x

NuminosityBeads said...

Happy Birthday from another October girl. Really nice work!
xoxo Kim

Rosie said...

Wow, this is wonderful. Great work

dosfishes said...

Happy Birthday Lorraine, this is so wonderful and I love the face. xox Corrine

Lottie said...

Her nose is just perfect - truly - I would say so if it wasn't

You are way ahead of me! I only had an hour or so spend on my drawing and I was soooo tired.

It is quite a challenge isn't it - I haven't done any portraits before!

Mine is not a patch on yours, but the 'negative' painting over must be working - as I am not beating myself up about it or feeling like a loser!

xx

snakkemunn said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LORRAINE Your portrait is greate.

Jan scrap said...

Happy birthday for tomorrow Lorraine, have a great day. Your self portrait is excellent, great smile. She/you looks just like my Auntie Cynthia did when she was younger.

Sam said...

This is a beautiful self portrait. I love your background colours. I am taking part in this course as well and really enjoyed the first lesson.

WW said...

I love the spiderwebs in the background.

Kristin Dudish said...

Beautiful... I love your quote!

Sherry said...

Fabulous, fabulous and I love the message!