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So yesterday at work, I found myself daydreaming.  Not an unusual occurrence, but an idea came to me that I felt I had to sketch.  So when my co-worker came to cover me for lunch (I'm a receptionist, so someone has to cover the desk whenever I step away) I grabbed my sketchbook and pencil.  I had that feeling, the one that I have begun to realize is a sign that I need to sit down and sketch immediately.  It was one of those moments where the lines seemed to go down on the paper just as I wanted them to, where things just fell into place and I didn't have to draw and erase lines a million times before I got them right.  I love those moments.

So I did just that and got those lines down on the page.  Just a bare bones sketch, so that I could fill in the rest of the picture when I painted.  Here's the sketch:



So today at work, I kept looking at the picture and working it out in my mind.  By the time I left work, I had decided to head for the art store to pick up a canvas.  I didn't plan on painting tonight, but that's what ended up happening! 

I had made a large copy of the drawing on 11x17 paper so that I could paint a larger scale version of it.  I ended up getting a 16x20 canvas and plan on doing a somewhat realistic version of it with oils.  However, I also picked up two 6x12 canvases while I was there.

Driving home, I realized that the sketch would work wonderfully on one of the 6x12 canvases as well.  So when I got home, I ended up transferring the sketch onto the smaller canvas and began to paint a smaller acrylic version.  Now, normally I don't allow myself to paint faces with acrylics.  It ends up being an exercise in frustration for me.  I usually just stick to oils for portraits.  I simply adore doing portraits in oils, it comes very naturally for me.  Much easier to get that blended look that I prefer.  But since only half of her face is showing, I figured what the heck! I'll do an acrylic version.

So I have most of the first layer of paint down on the canvas.  I decided to wait to do the skin tones until I had several hours to spend on it.  Basically, until I could do it in one sitting.  :)  So here is the progress I have made so far:




I have also sketched this cat (sitting on a ball, instead of a head) on two aceo's (they are 2.5" x 3.5") that I hope to paint soon.  I plan on listing all of this on my Art Fire store as soon as I am finished.  But so far I am very happy with the progress!  

Speaking of my Art Fire store, I have a special promotion going... free worldwide shipping during the holidays!  Please take a look if you're interested... http://quirkydame.artfire.com

Thanks for reading my blog.  I'll be sure to post another update on the painting soon!

Julie

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