A while ago, the Hiebert girls (Pat, Lauren, and Rachel) began painting their self-portrait. I had them use only black and white paint (water-based oil colour) for two reasons - for the lesson of seeing just in values, and also to reduce the colour-mixing time. Painting a self-portrait is a challenge enough without trying to mix proper colours. So, I thought this would be a good introduction to portraiture for them. We all learned a lot through this process.
Pat and Lauren finished off their paintings with a thin glaze of burnt sienna, and Rachel decided to leave her self-portrait unglazed. I'm excited about how well each painting turned out. I love seeing their own unique personality in each painting:
I always look forward to lessons with Megan. Besides being so sweet and sincere, Megan is serious about art. In an earlier blog I mentioned the black and white self-portraits that some of my students have been working on (using the "grisaille" method). Megan began her grisaille self-portrait painting back in winter sometime, and finished glazing the colour on it in the middle of the summer. It was a long process, and a challenge... for both of us! I have to admit (as I did to Megan) I was nervous about using her as my 'guinea pig' for this classical approach to portraiture.
However, it turned out beautifully:
Four of my art students have been working on black and white self-portraits - to be glazed with colour when completed. This is a method called "Grisaille". I wanted to experiment with glazing before they did... so I tried out a little painting. Here it is in black and white before I glazed it:
Once this painting was dry (I used titanium white mixed with raw umber and ivory black), I glazed it with variations of cadmium yellow and cadmium red, a bit of raw umber (mixing the paint with a painting medium), and scumbled in a bit of white over the highlighted areas.
I may glaze over even more colour yet. I am excited to experiment more with this method in the future! The benefit of painting with this method is that the correct value (light to dark) is established before the colour is added.
For two years now I have been teaching art lessons privately and in small groups - my youngest student is in Grade 5, and my oldest student is in her 40's.
I find it exciting to watch children, teenagers, and adults alike learn to draw, paint, create etc. in a way that expresses their thoughts. It's interesting seeing each student's personal unique style develop over time. We learn a lot together while having fun!
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.