Inspired by Amber…

Amber Inspired

This portrait was inspired by lesson #14 by Muriel Stegers in the Let’s Face It class. Although it deviates quite a bit from the lesson, it definitely got its beginnings there. I worked with a different palette for the flesh tones, influenced in part by Muriel’s color choices. My portraits usually have a wistful appearance which for me expresses the sadness I feel over recent family losses, the tragedies occurring almost daily across the world, and the seemingly insurmountable hatred that people have for each other. There is a yearning in her expression for peace.

Let’s Face It Week 12


I really enjoyed this week’s lesson although I definitely did my own take on it. I used an image from Pinterest for my inspiration and attached a painted and patterned ledger page for the background for the face. The numbers barely visible are in my Dad’s handwriting; this was a ledger page of his and I love using bits of my deceased relatives’ handwriting in my compositions. Keeps their handwriting alive for me. I loved the intense look on the model’s face which was a new expression for me to paint. My faces usually have an introspective/melancholy aspect rather than too smiley, so I enjoyed the process of painting this expression. I used acrylic paint, black Stabilo and Conte crayons for this portrait.  Besides ledger paper in the background I also used stencils with molding paste and a doily along with paint.