Grey and White Acrylic Paint With Stabilo Marks All Pencil

As I continue on in my art workshop, I am definitely realizing how much I enjoy expressive painting and drawing as opposed to realism.  I used to get so frustrated that I could not get the knack for making portraits look like real people.  Now I have surrendered and I’m loving the freedom that comes with being more expressive.  My favorite artists are expressive painters… Chagall, Klimt.  Why it has taken me so long to embrace this in my work, I don’t know.

I’ve also enjoyed putting into a face what I often can’t say, or express well, in words.  Especially in long spells of melancholy, words get tiring, boring, and unforgiving.  I think more people can relate to, or at least appreciate, a pensive painted portrait.  That’s not to say that I don’t love words, I do.  But it’s easy to get adverse to sharing them.

This assignment was to paint a portrait using only gray and white paint with a black Stabilo Marks All Pencil (which is water soluble and works on just about any surface).  The colors I prefer…

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