For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile you may already know how much I do not like painting faces. I love to sketch faces but when it comes to painting them I get too anxious and I end up with a stiff neck from stressing out trying to be perfect! Last week I saw a link someone posted on Facebook for an art video by artist Karrie Evenson. I was not familiar with her or her work so I decided to check her out. And boy am I glad I did! Her work is amazing! She has many videos up on youtube on acrylic painting. She is all about being free and being bold in life and in your art. One of the videos I watched was from her tv show "karrie on canvas". She was painting a woman with wild hair.
Watching her paint and not get all caught up in the perfection of it inspired me to give it a try and paint one of my girl sketches. I am still on a black, white and red kick so I thought I would continue with that palette. I went big and bold choosing a 16x20 canvas no less! I added molding paste for texture. The first image is how she started out. I was so inspired that I took a small bottle of black craft paint and drizzled her hair on the canvas right out of the bottle. Then I scratched into it. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. I decided to not get crazy with her face. I drew on the face with my Stabilo pencil and smudged with a brush for the details. She has no nose cause lets face it, they are really hard for me to paint! lol And besides, I kinda like her face this way.
Here is the finished piece. I just love her!! Adding all the details was just super fun. I used some new foam stamps for the words. This piece has lots of texture. I am so happy to have discovered Karrie and I hope you will visit her website. I think you will love her too!! If you want to loosen up and be inspired be sure to check her out!
I have even started a new large canvas with another girl, this time an angel. I will share her soon! She is almost finished!
Sharing this piece over at Paint Party Friday.