Saturday, 23 October 2010

Self Healing Art course - week 1

I've completed my first assignment for the Art, Heart and Healing course that I blogged about here.  (The name of the course has changed from 'The Heart of Art' to 'Art, Heart and Healing').

I'm feeling very pleased with myself as for a first attempt I like it!  I didn't have the correct flesh colour tones water soluble crayons, but did buy a few watercolour pencils from Hobbycraft this week and couldn't wait to start! 
Here's the complete page which unfortunately is very buckled under the weight of the various layers - I bought a sketch book with cartridge paper pages which looked and felt quite thick and sturdy, but they buckled none-the-less!

I enjoyed drawing and painting the eyes the best - I've always liked doodling eyes, although just one so it was a challenge trying to get two the same!  I've never drawn a nose before so that was the hardest thing.  I was pleased with the mouth, although the colour could have been better.

The most difficult thing was the shading on the face, and that is one of the most important things really.  I only had a few colours of watercolour pencil to work with and the shading does leave a lot to be desired (what's that about a workman blaming his tools - lol!)  I am going to invest in some water soluble crayons in flesh tones (when I find out where to get them!) so hopefully (and with a lot of practice) my technique will improve.

The background was fun to do - scribbling with crayons, brayering with acrylic paint, rubber stamping, more paint, more stamping.  My background has turned out quite pastel and on reflection it could have done with something else - or bigger font for the words, but it is all a learning curve.

Here's a couple of close ups of the background

I'm looking forward to part two of the course now and if you want to join in too, you can at any time until the course ends (in 3 weeks).  The video tutorials for week one will stay on the site until at least the end of the course.

  I must again say a huge thank you to Tam who is such a generous spirit offering this course completely free of charge.

Finally, am I self healed as a result of this excercise?  Well, let's just say I'm getting there!

Thanks for looking xx


Nicks said...

wow! lost for words.... so just WOW

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JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Wow Sherry!!!!
Absolutely stunning!!
Love her eyes!! Love the colours!
and such a great quote!
You did a fabulous job!

Jan x

Jan said...

I agree with Nicks.... I'm lost for words. Where has this talent come from..... just fabulous my friend.

Cath said...

This is just wonderful. I have not even started to paint mine yet, I am just to nervous.
Cant wait to see what's next.


Gez said...

Absolutely AMAZING Sherry. You should feel very proud of
Your nose is FAB I really struggled with that!! Love your background & your eyes are stunning. Very Well Done.XXX
Have fun with week 2!
Gez ♥

PetraB said...

This is amazing! Love how it all works together - the background, the colours, the drawing. Absolutely great.

Anonymous said...

Love the eyes Sherry!! Due to work commitments this week I have only just sat down this morning to start my page. I found the therapy part very hard, and now just about to start painting and colouring!!I'm goint to have to post as anonymous as it doesn't seem to be recognising me for some reason!!
Cindy xx

Deborah said...

Wow Sherry! Although I shouldn't be surprised as your doll faces are so wonderful.Watercolour crayons (neocolor II) are ace and you should be able to get them (singly and in sets) from any good art shop (and possibly even WH smith, although only in sets).

Terry said...

Here is another Wow for you Sherry! This piece is amazing and I love her eyes! Beautiful colors!

Margaret said...

Beautiful work Sherry, sometimes we can even surprise ourselves with what lies within! love these pages! Mx

Createology said...

Oh Sherry Dear...She is just beautiful and so thoughtful. The words fit her pensive look. You did an excellent job! Happy creating...
P.S. Thank you for the positive comments and I am still awaiting my UPS delivery. At least I have a smile on my face. :o)

Meggymay said...

Its fantastic Sherry, love the eyes.

Gini said...

Well for someone without the right tools you've knocked my socks off!
Sherry this is really wonderful.
I'm so glad you are enjoying the course.

Lorraine said...

great portrait..all the features are spot on