Sunday, August 22, 2010

MMM: Seeing Red

"Call Me Poppy"
8 x 10 Canvas Panel

I promised to show you the final results of the piece I started in Cynthia Anderson's Play on Faces class at Art Unraveled, and this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, Seeing Red, gave me the perfect excuse to share it. . . 

The 8 x 10 canvas panel was first covered in a series of vintage ads, most of which were focused on children. I then gave it a wash of cream acrylic before forming the shape of the face and neck with Golden's Titian Buff (my new favorite flesh tone, thank you Cynthia). I drew the little girl's face in with pencil until I got the look that I wanted and then painted it in with various acrylic paints, mixing them as I went along. Final touches included decorative and sharpie pens for highlights and refinement, and a vintage Poppy dictionary definition, washed with watered-down acrylic, as her collar.

Thanks for looking! I can't wait to see what makes everyone else see red this week. . .

Kristin xo

31 comments:

Julia Christie said...

Kristin she is so sassy! She reminds me of a girl at my son's school. Very cute! I love hearing about your process when creating. It really inspires me to try different things.

Thanks for sharing this great piece ~ Smiles

Anonymous said...

I love the red haired girl! This is a great composition!
Mary

peggy gatto said...

What a doll!

Anonymous said...

lovely!!!
hey....did you happen to glance through the recent Somerset MM calls? they have a "poppy" category!!!

Nicola said...

Great piece Kristin! I'd love to see you paint more faces, she is adorable and a great take on this weeks theme!! Well done, oh and that flesh tone is great!

WrightStuff said...

Hey Poppy, want to play skipping? She's a cutie Kristin.

martha brown said...

This looks fabulous! You've done a great job-- I'm hoping to finish mine this week.

Lori Saul said...

Great piece- has such wonderful character. A little bit retro too- love it!

Nan said...

What a great face! Love those red pigtails. Great job painting!

Unknown said...

oh Poppy is adorable!!! I love her bright red locks!!! wonderful piece Kristin!!! your work always makes me happy!!! it is a wonderful way to start the week!!!

Amy said...

she's perfect in red..adorable hair and cute smile..love the pretty vintage background paper's

Cheryl said...

This is so cute! man--- I sooooooo want to be able to paint and actually have it look like something lol

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Beautiful!!

Rosie said...

She's simply perfect Kristin! Love what you've done here!!

E Makes Art said...

She's so cute! Love the freckles and red hair! Such a cute face.

vintage wil said...

Beautiful doll!!

K J D said...

I can't believe you have only just started painting faces!

I love this piece and as usual your work makes me smile and I LOVE that!

Karenx

Hanne said...

Wow! This is a beautiful piece!
Hanne

Trudy Callan said...

Gorgeous. I love everything about her: her hair, her eyes, her mouth. She has such a delightful face. I could see that framed and on your daughter's bedroom wall. As a matter of fact, I could see that on my wall. lol

joanna said...

Hi Kristin!! Hope you make more!! she's sooo pretty and unique! love her red hair!
xoxo

K said...

gorgeous!

Taluula said...

Oh wow, now she is gorgeous.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Beautiful red hair.

Anonymous said...

What an adorable little red head!

ALTERED ARTIFACTS said...

She is just cute as a bug and how luck you are to have been able to take Cynthia Anderson's class!
Inka :)

chrissy said...

so happy to have stumbled upon your lovely blog...i am a mama and a mixed media artist as well...and guess what?
i am adopted, so i can.t wait to dive in and see what love you have here.
LOVE the red hair!
(i have red hair too....)
c

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

breathe taking doll.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This is fantastic! Great artwork.

brandi said...

~kristin...you are just blooming with talent!! poppy is radiant in red...she is a sweetpea of a girl...simply l♥ve seeing your art...i did a post yesterday about your gracious giveaway!! you may wish to sneak over and take a peak...

http://tofallorstumbleupon.blogspot.com/2010/08/celebrate-and-cherish.html

i hope all is well and blessings aplenty to you and yours~

Jodene Shaw said...

CUUUUUTE!!!

Diane said...

That must have been a fun workshop, Kristin! I love the piece and Poppy has such a sweet face!