Life Book 2015 Weeks 21 – 23

Today, I posted three lessons.  You might want to get yourself a cup of coffee because it is a lengthy blog.  I hope you enjoy!


Two bonus lessons this week.  First one is with Lynn Whipple .  This is a warm up is back with a warm up exercise that gets you thinking about shadow and light both literally and figuratively.

This is what she says about her warm up exercise:

Lynne: “The idea here is that we may want to experience what shadow side means to us, and make notes while we play the Pros and Cons game by making a list of the “good” and the “bad” of a subject of your choice. Also we will consider how you need the shadow side when describing a form, such as an apple…you can’t have a complete whole without both sides. This is a warm up exercise that is a way to add meaning to a topic by spending time thinking it through with your hands.”


Because Lynne talked about apples in her lesson Tam gave us a bonus lesson on  paying extra attention to the shadow and light concepts. 

This was my offering 🙂


I did mine on watercolor paper using acrylics.  My apple is shadowing my pear which is what this lesson was all about.


This week we had a lesson by  Jeanne Oliver.  Her lesson was beautifully comprehensive, and daunting.  She showed us how to collect patterns from magazines to use in collaging as well as image transfer, paint over transfer and how to draw and paint a face from a photo reference using only a black Stabilo or charcoal and white gesso.  I said this lesson was daunting because my inner critic kept telling me it was all wrong.  I listened over, and over again until I decided this final drawing was it!  As a matter of fact, this was the project that sent me into a frozen state for the next few lessons.  Since I was trying to make it perfect, the other lessons just passed me by and it was really hard to get back to having fun!

This is the black and white photograph I used for my piece.  It’s my beautiful daughter Zonia.


Jeanne said that it wouldn’t necessarily be a likeness of her, but a basis for the portrait.  So this is what I did.



I spent a lot of time finding just the right color of pages from several magazines to arrive at perfect paper for her hair and dress.

I also transferred some black and white flowers using mat medium ,



made some marks on the background paint, and used a couple of stencils for texture.

I then took my Christy Tomlison stamps and added some words of wisdom



This is a closeup of the face.  After I finished it, I could see where the mistake was – no, I’m not going to tell you where, because I’m done and will not fix it! – it is just find the way it is.  – Let’s move one, people!!


On to the next lesson!


This is the lesson that I enjoyed very much because it was so different.  Tam showed us how to draw a male face.

In her video she talked about “the concept of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ energies that can obviously live in either gender.”  A very up to date subject, don’t you think?

I actually made this project while in Colorado, sitting in our condo and enjoying the majestic mountains of Vail and Beaver Creek.

Since I had all day to play with this one, I added lots and lots of extras, including some tattoos.


This is my background with all the diamonds and other doodles coming down from the sun.  I used modeling paste for the flower and just ink for the one on the right.


I loved the way Tam showed us how to do the wing – manly, isn’t it?  I wrote the words, “You Are Brave” on top of the wing.


To make him look more masculine, I added some tattoos on his chest and the words, Magical and Strength,  and a very masculine butterfly on his neck, haa haa!


the facial hair, and busy eyebrows completed the look.


Well, let me know what you think about this male

Later today or tomorrow morning I will post more lesson.

Happy crafting y’all!


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