|Kelly Week 7 - 16"x 20" oil on canvas panel|
Here's a close up of her portrait.
The second artist of inspiration was Malcolm Liepke. Kelly told me about him through Terri's blog, "Dimples & Dragonflies". His portraits are sensational. He stylizes the women with larger eyes and redder, pouty lips. I made Kelly's eyes more expressive by adding a upper lid and not painting her eye with all black, even if that's all I see in the photo. It opens up her expression. I couldn't do the pouty lips with a smile, but they are a little redder to stand out against her skin. I painted her trident smile teeth in full mass, because it just looks nicer than painting each individual tooth.
Also, I added red from the couch into Kelly's hair. I love the idea of colors bouncing around a painting and use this technique a lot.
As I look at the colors of Kelly's portrait on the screen, I see the colors are in keeping with the upcoming Halloween festivities. If you would like to join us, every week Kelly posts a picture of herself in a pose for you to sketch or paint or whatever.