Tuesday’s Treasure Chest……turning 40 and a little angel art lesson

A little art lesson………..

Sharing a brief angel painting art lesson with my friends and followers. It will show you how I start my painting and the progression of the painting from start to finished piece (I will try not to bore you).

1. First step is to find a photo that inspires you, I found a cute little boy named Bryce on Facebook (a friend). Can you guess which of Bryce’s features caught my eye?


2. Next, I blocked in the light areas with a transparent yellow and proceeded to block in the shadows transparent with magenta/purple/blue.

blocking in darks and lights

3. Sometimes it is hard to get a likeness, so I use this trick (copied from Leonardo I think? or was it Rembrandt? I googled it and it was Picasso!!!) I turn the photo and the painting upside down and concentrate on shapes, angles and relationships of one part of the face to another part of the face. This takes my mind off the fact that I am drawing EYES, NOSES, OR LIPS. This is important because we all have preconceived ideas of how eyes should look, instead of relying on the shape we see in front of us. This step is a little strange, but it really works! Local colors are then applied over the translucent paint. Oh, and I love love those chubby little cheeks!(sorry wordpress will not let me place Bryce upside down………..maybe that’s a good thing!)

4. Last, I turn the painting right side up and finish details, smooth and blend, add stronger darks and brighter lights. At this stage I step back several feet from the easel and take a look at the whole painting to see how all the parts look together, and make adjustments.

add final details and highlight/shadows

Turning 40! Congrats to US!

40 YEARS! My husband and I are celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary…October 15, 1972…Happy Anniversary to us!

Want to see more angels?

You are cordially invited to Smellie Bloomers Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Smellie Bloomers is a unique gift shop in Elizabethtown, NC, and carries my artwork. All of my sweet angels will be revealed and will be for sale. I will also have some Christmas cards for sale. Joy, Carol, and Karen…….you can pick up your angel print that day because I used your angel quotes in my paintings. You will find me painting too, I’ll be on site with my easel, paints and canvases on hand! Save the date!

2 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Treasure Chest……turning 40 and a little angel art lesson

    1. Joy, you can use the Picasso technique on any subject, it really helps improve drawing skills. Th application and layering of transparent paint is only used with oil paints. Good luck!


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