Drawing Exercises

portrait 3 eyes 04I am using random images from the Google Art Project to get me drawing. Practicing on good art is a great way to hone ones own skills. The nice thing about the Google Art Project is that you can enlarge many of the artworks to see the finest details. Very inspiring!



I have always wanted to be able to paint portraits. Mixed-Media Portraits to be precise. And I did not want them to look like most of the portraits one sees around these blogs. I want to add character. I love the work of Maria Pace-Wynters, her girls do have character.

In particular I love this painting called ‘The Spanish Poppy’ http://mariapacewynters.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/the-spanish-poppy/ and decided to use it as my guide for my first portrait. What I came up with does not look  anything like Maria’s painting but I did not want to copy anyway. I love here use of colour more than anything and that is what I tried to add to my painting. I must say, having bought some oil pastels really helped with the layers. And best of all I enjoyed painting it.

She probably isn’t Spanish and a poppy she ain’t either. I have no title for her but has grown on me.

Husband with hair portrait

Another portrait, this time slightly different.

I have only known my husband with a shiny head. He does not seem the man I married in that picture 🙂 Anyway, I love the relationship that shines through between these two university friends who still are today.

I think this is a good way to show off an otherwise difficult to display photo.


My own Tony is now joined by his own Gisela – my sister and brother-in-law look simply marvelous. Their children are next as soon as I get some suitable head shots. My niece has already decided she will wear her horse costume (?!!) for her stint on canvas. Fits in nicely I reckon – they are a great family and I love them to bits.