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Sneak Peak of the First Piece in the Micro Portraits Project

August 11th, 2015

Sneak Peak of the First Piece in the Micro Portraits Project

Today was an exciting day in the studio - I began work on the first piece of the Micro Portraits project. This will be a mixed media piece. I started with an ink, pencil, and charcoal sketch, then finished with oil paint. I completed the first prototype today, experimenting with layering techniques and blending the different media. The texturing is not quite what I had envisioned, so I will be working on that some more next time.

This image is a black and white, and I had a lot of fun mixing paint to come up with the right shade of gray. You might think it would be a simple matter of mixing black and white to get gray, but not so! The plain mixture of black and white had too much of a blue cast to it, so I ended up adding in burnt umber to get the gray shade that I was looking for.

It was a little bittersweet working with the paints. I had bought my mom this set of oil paints and brushes that she had talked about for a long time. But she died soon after, and never had the chance to use them. I brought them home and hid them on the top shelf of my closet - it hurt too much to think about for awhile. But now I'm finally ready to stretch my creativity into new methods of expression, and I feel like I'm honoring her memory by using her paint set.