Sunday, September 18, 2011

Learning with Katie

After my Flying Lessons with Kelly Rae, I decided to take another class - a painting class, this time. So this week I joined Katie Kendrick and a super talented group of artists/students and started LAYERED IMPRESSIONS. The registration is extended until tonight, Sep 18th, so if you think this is something you would be interested in, don't think too much! ;-)

Anyway, I am quite enjoying the class so far. Katie has a new lesson every day of the week (except weekends) and always with a video, in which she demonstrates everything. It's awesome!
This week we had to draw a couple of faces with our non-dominant hand - life drawing faces isn't hard enough, right?

And it was so good! So freeing! SO fun! Not worrying about whether or not it looks realistic, if the eyes are the same size or if the nose is too big...whatever! Just do it! Aaaahhhh!

Originally drawn with my left hand, then colored with pastels and gesso.

This one was first transferred onto another paper using gel medium, and then colored.

Yeah, they may not be the most beautiful women you've ever seen, but you have no idea how scary the idea of drawing a human face has always been for me. At least one that doesn't look like a cartoon!

All I know is I never looked forward for a Monday before! Can't wait to see what Katie has for us this week!

I'll keep you posted!


  1. Wow, Jo, what a great experience! I was mesmerized by the reality of those faces, especially the second one. Her eyes seem to be dying to tell us her story... very truthful and honest painting. Who would have thought that you could achieve such a Picasso-level honesty using your non-dominant hand??? Congratulations! I love it!

  2. Your faces are wonderful. Nice and loose and I love your colors. I can hardly wait to see what the video will be this morning! :D

  3. wow, joana, these faces are fabulous! truly! i'd be so happy if i painted them!!

    thank you for your kind words over at my place. i appreciate them...

    paint on... : )



  4. I love your sense of style and color and have enjoyed seeing your faces in the Layering Impressions class!

  5. I do understand you Joana. i am loving katie's class though it's not easy to just let go but it's a process. love your faces very expressive can't wait to see the other collages

  6. i am a figurative artist and my specialty is realistic portraits...and I love these! i think you have a great use of color too, by the way.