Feeling like my mixed media mojo might be returning after creating the painting for this week’s Life Book lesson, I decided to jump right into this week’s painting for Let’s Face It. I had a free morning with no commitments or obligations so I thought I would just leap right in and try my best.
The lesson was taken by Kara Bullock and was the last lesson on the theme of front facing portraits. My favourite part of the painting is the grungy background. I like messy, textured backgrounds – which is why I often dribble and spatter paint – so that is a technique I will definitely use again. I also like the way the aqua colour works against the umber and unbleached titanium to create an almost verdigris effect. The juxtaposition of the somewhat sickly flesh tones against the bright diadem of alizarin crimson flowers is very weird, almost disconcerting, but also oddly pleasing. Again, I can see many flaws in this painting but at least I feel like I am headed in a forward motion with my mixed media learning once more.