Olivia, for Julia Kay's Portrait Party
8x10 inches, colored pencil on tan sketchbook paper
Volunteer Halloween activities and activities outdoors have taken up much of October, and I have spent precious little time in the studio. I did make a series of note cards, using a Gelli plate and fallen leaves, and I experimented with painting over photo copies of vintage found photos using shaving cream and acrylic paint, but I hadn't really worked on any portraits for Julia Kay's Portrait Party (an online group in which I find lots of inspiration) - until last night. It has turned chilly and the rain is making all the fallen oak and maple leaves into a sodden mess, so the only sensible thing for me to do was sit down to play with colored pencils.
I took a photo that Olivia provided to the group, altered it in Photoshop, then worked from the cropped and altered image. I simplified the large shapes as much as I could and still maintain a recognizable image, then worked in a very limited palette, with texture plate under much of the paper to add visual interest. I rather like it, though I need to do more to decide if this style is one I really like.
Anyway, Happy Halloween to anyone who ventures here. It's raining in southern Wisconsin, so I doubt we'll get many - if any - trick or treat children. More Reese's peanut butter cups for me.