Week 3 ‘No’ Drawing Painting Challenge of Animals or People

My  Lopsided Squiffy Selfie

My Lopsided Squiffy Selfie

Better late than never, here is my Week 3 Challenge Painting, no drawing at all.

I am certainly not a Portrait Artist and tend to shy away from painting human portraits.  So when asked to include human portraiture in this terms schedule I was not overly keen, but included it anyway.

Learners were encouraged to do a Selfie, so it was only right that I did one too.


Please be kind with your comments I am quite a sensitive soul really.

The colours I used in my Selfie were:

Raw Umber: Yellowy green in colour, a Natural Earth colour, classed as a cool brown which varies considerably from make to make and from where it is mined.  Generally Semi Opaque, but the Artist Quality in Winsor & Newton is Transparent and lightfast.  If you don’t have raw umber, you could use raw sienna with a touch of ultramarine blue to get a similar colour.

French Ultramarine Blue: Originally produced from Lapis Lazuli, a semi-precious stone from Afghanistan, it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine the finest and most expensive of the blue pigments.  An artificial Ultramarine was invented by a Frenchman, Monsieur J.B. Guimet, a bright violet-blue.  Genuine Ultramarine is still manufactured but on a very small-scale.  It is a Transparent to Semi-Transparent pigment and will lift easily.

Brown Madder:  similar to Light Red but leaning towards Indian Red.  I use Winsor & Newton Brown Madder for its cleanness and transparency (Semi Transparent), extremely permanent and staining.  (It is part of the Quinacridone family of pigments.)   

Permanent Alizarin Crimson  Alizarin Crimson is fugitive (fades), so I use Permanent Alizarin Crimson, but it is more expensive. Its a Staining colour and Transparent.  Winsor & Newton Permanent Alizarin Crimson is  a quinacridone colour to simulate the appearance of the traditional colour. With some adjustment it’s an excellent replacement for artists who are most concerned with permanence.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. helen351
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 13:32:39

    Despite it being ‘lopsided’… it is a very good likeness!! Both of us could see exactly who it was!!😀😊😉

    Well done!

    Catch up soon.

    Helen x



  2. Susan Dwyer
    Feb 11, 2015 @ 18:19:11

    Brilliant as usual.


  3. Paul Mallett
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 15:33:37

    I recognise the eyes…but don’t remember you having white hair! Thought it was blonde…(Bless!)

    Actually, its a great picture, and the life and light in your eyes is terrific.



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