Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Painting and a Charcoal Girl

As usual (it seems) I'm late for Paint Party Friday. But at least I have something I can show, I actually finished a mixed media painting in two days and also tried my hand on charcoal again.


This girl with the giraffe neck was inspired by Jeanne Oliver's class "Creatively Made" that I am taking at the moment. I'm learning a whole lot of new stuff there, and I thoroughly enjoy it. In this mixed media painting I played with molding paste and charcoal. The texture of the molding paste - I used Golden's light molding paste - is fun, and I added some pan pastels to it after it had dried. It's on a 4x4 canvas.


Girls/women is a subject I love to paint and draw. This bird girl is made with charcoal, and I mainly did it to practice drawing faces. Then I remembered one of Lisa Wright's girl who had some color in her hair and face that you usually don't see and which I liked a lot. So I tried that and added some blue to my girl's hair and face, some red and yellow (I used pastels for that). It is interesting and I quite like the effect.

Please visit the other highly talented artists at Paint Party Friday - such a wonderful way to see some inspirational artwork.

19 comments:

Lynn said...

I just spent ten minutes looking around PPF. Do they offer a theme or do you just do your own thing and then link it for others to see?
There are a lot of painters to get to know there over 90!! Wow.

Your work here is fun to see. I love the texture in the top piece.
Is some fabric involved or is it all paint?
and Your girl with the bird and her added colors is fun too!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I really like molding paste, too, although it's a little soft for long term use. I love, love, love your charcoal drawing. Her eyes are wonderful.
Rinda

WrightStuff said...

Oh how lovely to stop by and find that my art is inspiring you!! That's lovely. The blue and yellow work really well enhancing the cool and warm areas. Looks fab!!

Carol L McKenna said...

Fun! Playful and colorful ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

Kokopelli said...

Hi Carola,
danke für deinen Kommentar. Ich experimentiere gerade auch mit Kohle und nächste Woche gibt's dann ein paar Kohleportraits zu sehen. :-)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Dein Mixed Media Werk sieht klasse aus. Das gezeichnete Mädchen gefällt mir ebenfalls.

Kay L. Davies said...

I think it's unanimous — playful certainly seems to be the feeling everyone gets from your artwork. I like the girl with the bird.
K

Tricia said...

Wonderful mixed media painting - I love the texture you did on there!
Happy PPF!
Blessings,
Tricia

Jennifer said...

Love them both, Carola, especially the charcoal! Are you enjoying Jeanne's class? I bet she is a wonderful teacher :)

Chantal said...

lpvely ceration Carola

ger chouinard said...

Carola: Where do you get the energy? You are doing some great things. Love both pieces! Have a great week!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE this mixed media you're doing, the texture is wonderful! I've been thinking of using Amy's idea of reserving a corner of my canvas to mix colors on....but I like what you did here even better!

Ginnie said...

I love how much fun you're having with your creativity, Carola. Bravo!

EVA said...

Lovely girls! The charcoal (with colour) is especially charming.

Anne said...

I love the texture in the first painting and your charcoal sketch is wonderful!

Happy PPF!

Marcie said...

What fun! I love how you're always stretching and growing and trying on new techniques..and learning. Very inspiring!!

Sally H said...

Hi Carola
Sorry I haven't visited for a while, but I have been so busy with work. You have been so busy too! I LOVE your photos and the faces you are drawing are so lovely! I love this mixed media piece and your charcoal sketch is so pretty!

carlarey said...

So good to see you back! The texture on the top piece is fabulous. I could get addicted to working with that stuff, it looks like starched lace. I really like the charcoal portrait too, the little touches of color add just the right bit of whimsy.

RobanStudio said...

So much creativity going on here! Love both pieces. :-)