Friday, July 5, 2013

The Girl With The Crazy Red Hair!!

Ok, so I know I said this about my last painting, but I LOVE this girl!!  She is based off of a sketch I did about a year ago and as with the angel I omitted the open eye and nose.  And I think it fits somehow.  The idea of using red for her hair was very scary for me.  I went with golden's pyrrole red.  I think that shade just goes so well with black and white. 

As always  I like to show a few pics of how she came to be . . . 

First I used black and white paint very thickly applied to the canvas.  This is another 16x20.  Surprisingly I am enjoying going large with these faces.  

I use a stablilo marks all pencil in black to sketch her out and also use a faber castell gelato which smudges really well dry for the eye details.  The hair I squeezed right out of the bottle of the fluid acrylic.  Scary indeed!  It reminded me of scribbling!  

Here is an upclose shot so you can see some of the detail.  I stamped in her hair "you are loved"  which I hope you can see in this pic.  I still love stamping.

This gal is available and headed to my etsy shop soon but you can email me if you fall in love with her too! ;)

Today I flipped through my sketchbook and picked out another girl.  I started a new black and white background.  I hope to get to sketching her out on it soon!

Sharing at Paint Party Friday.  

Hope you are all enjoying a great and safe  holiday weekend.  I will be back on Sunday with some new digital sketches to share!



  1. Oh, how wonderful painting. I love this. You have got very beautiful coat to Your painting. I like crisscrossing lines and colors - and red hair, it is very important.

  2. Fantastic painting, love that red hair. Love the texture and gestural marks

  3. So much energy and heart in this, Cathy!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  4. This Girl is amazing in a wonderful technique! Love espescially her red hair and the structure in your painting. HPPF Erika

  5. I love how you did this. The colours work wonderfully together, it's a beautiful piece ♥

  6. I love her red hair. This is a wonderful piece.

  7. LOVE all that red hair against the gray background! HPPF!

  8. I love this color you are adding to your style...just gorgeous...
    Keep up these amazing pieces!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Fantastic! I absolutely love it.

  10. Beautiful painting. The limited palette works very well and her red hair is amazing:)

  11. This is a beautiful painting! I love the energy of your brushwork - so alive! Just gorgeous!