Thursday, December 31, 2009

Get Your Party Sparkle On!

Happy New Year to everyone who reads this blog. Time to get your party sparkle on and ring in 2010. I for one won't be sad to see 2009 go.

With this in mind, I did a portrait sketch last night with some shimmer, oil on paper, applied with a brush, followed by a wash of gouache with watercolor. I first saw this technique done in Barcelona, but it took me two trips there to work out how they were doing it. After combing the streets, watching the plentiful and talented street portrait artists, I finally found a helpful artist who spoke English.

I have been playing with this technique for a while now in my drawing and really like the feel of it.

New Year's resoluiton: to draw more of course. It separates the men from the boys.

Favorite quote of the day. Winston Churchill:" I love champagne in victory but need it more in defeat".



Roseanne McIlvane said...

I couldn't agree with you more! My new saying is 'Zen n Ten" I love this piece....

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

This is gorgeous, any reading resources for this type of technique? You've had so many wonderful adventures in 2009 and reading your journals from your trip to France was so interesting--I can't wait to see what 2010 brings!!!

Dixie Kee said...

Happy New Year!

One thing about 2009 for me is that your classes and writing have been so inspirational to me. Thank you for that.

Oil on paper? Is it water base oil? Or is the paper special? Would like to know more about that, sounds interesting.

Wishing you well in 2010.

The Josie Baggley Company said...

mmmm sounds interesting!Is it gouache paint and watercolour paint mixed together? & then glazed over the oil? I really like the earring- it looks as though you've placed an actual earring ONTO the paper...well actually it looks as though you've placed someone's FACE onto the paper!lol
Ath Bhliain Faoi Mhaise Duit
Happy New Year Johanna


Marian Fortunati said...

I've seen you use this technique in class. It always looks great and this is one of my favorites...

You did have a rough 2009 but there were some wonderful adventures there and plenty of good things as well...

Have a fabulous new year and decade!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thanks everyone...i will address more specifics of this technique on my blog tomorrow when I post a new portrait I just did tonight.