Wednesday, January 25, 2012

untitled ~ watercolors, gouache and casein paint on 3" x 6" kraft tag

i was only going to paint a face but one thing led to another... first i painted the outline of her head with a fairly heavy layer of white casein paint; once that was dry i painted on top of it with watercolors and gouache. it's a lot of fun to do this because you can use the casein to cover up or mute the watercolors and gouache. or, if you don't brush them on too vigorously, they just sit on top of the casein.


i found this when i was cleaning out the closet in my art room a few days ago... i probably painted it in 2006 - every face that i painted then had a hard stare! even though i really wanted to paint faces back then i didn't paint them often. every once in a while i'd sorta sneak up on one from behind to see if it would turn out differently... slowly slowly (2 years?) i began to realize that i could soften the gaze by either raising the pupils or lowering the upper eyelid.

i'm going to take a blogging break...

savor

this winter quiet...

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Henri Matisse in his studio in the south of France, 1948
(thank you artist and studio)

XO

29 comments:

  1. wishing you a lovely break
    full of eyes that feel good to you
    no more sneaking up from behind ;-)

    I love how we learn, each at our own pace... perfect ~

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  2. love tag art, this one is sweet. happy read & paint break. whatcha readin? says miss nosy!

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  3. Hey, Lynne, Yes have a sit to take some inward winter time to heart. Henri looks pretty relaxed! -J

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  4. Happy winter quiet - hope you enjoy every second of your savoring!

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  5. What a cute little girl painting Lynne. You can really just paint on anything, can't you. I saved some cardboard I am going to try out here soon.

    Matisse had a nice studio. Whouldn't you love to have a space like that?

    Enjoy your break...you will be missed!

    xoxo

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  6. Lynne, enjoy your own space for a while. Look forward to seeing you come back. Karen xx

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  7. I love seeing how your style is evolving.

    Happy break to you! I'll try to catch up with all you've been up to recently, while you are away.
    xoxoxo

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  8. Enjoy your winter solitude, Lynne. I will look forward to your return. xxoo, sus

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  9. the little miss looks so small as an icon on my blog list....me thinks that is how you might have looked as a little youngster taking her first steps. enjoy so the time of rest you have planned...hope you get lots of great inspiration and work done...something for yourself. will miss seeing the ladies popping up but "we'll talk." xox to the old and the new and the renewing.

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  10. Untitled girl is wonderful, Lynne. Her highlights, bow, wide face and little hand. Matisse was such a warm human being too. I've just read recently his letters to Bonnard during WWII, and his offers of help to B., his generosity and concern really blaze through his letters.
    xx
    julie

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  11. enjoy your break dear one... your little untitled girl is wonderful... softly sad... xoxox

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  12. I just love your paintings....enjoy your break!

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  13. Hi Lynne shes lovely so little girlish and proper lol enjoy your break and just absorb and breath....

    hugz bev

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  14. Enjoy your break. I think I am always going in that direction.

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  15. Your little girl with the red bow is so sweet. The pic of Henri is awesome. Love his slippers! That pic was taken the year I was born. Hope you have a wonderful break. ox

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  16. Hi Lynne - wishing you a peaceful blogging break - the image 'just waiting to grow up' reminded me of my collaboration project - it would be great if you could take part - do you have any art from your childhood?

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  17. have a peaceful break Lynne...interesting to see an early face :) xx

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  18. Oh Lynne, just been scrolling though your blog and am LOVING your faces... your work is magical...

    Jenny x

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  19. Lovely illustrations! I hope you enjoy your break and we're waiting for more of your creative posts.

    healthy diet

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  20. Savor the break, spring is around the corner!

    xoxo

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  21. Hope you are continuing to enjoy your "time off"

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  22. I hope your break is refreshing and enriching.

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  23. Hope you're having a wonderful break...and re-energising the 'creative'...Missing your wonderful art :-)

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  24. Isn't Matisse's studio grand?

    Thanks for that.

    love your paintings x

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  25. Lynne, I am sorry to be so selfish...when are you coming back? I miss you something terrible.

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  26. la poeta, you are making me smile... i think i'm coming back soon. : ) xoxo

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