"Elegance is the only beauty that does not fade." ~Audrey Hepburn
These ladies waited very patiently for several months for me to get back to them while I travelled to Mexico, finished other projects, and prepared for Christmas.
But as I wrote in my post on New Year's Eve, all loose ends were going to be tied up and these two just had to be completed. I have too many projects in mind, and I am so excited to get started. But more about that later.
Several months ago, I decided to paint more mature actresses. I had previously completed Jennifer Lopez, Katie Holmes, and Reese Witherspoon in my Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook. http://louiseprimeau.com/a-theme-begins-in-my-sketchbook/
I first saw Ellen Burstyn in the early seventies when she started her career in The Last Picture Show (1971). I think it was the first grown up film I can remember seeing along with Lady Sings the Blues (1972). I felt so sophisticated!
The very elegant Judi Dench starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Philomena, and in several James Bond movies as "M".
Now that I have completed these two portraits, I can move on.
I have signed up for Gratitude Journal 52, a "collaborative sketchbook project" for all skill levels of people who enjoy journaling and drawing.
If you are interested in joining the group, information can be found at http://www.jenniferfrith.com
It is worth taking a look at Jennifer's beautiful gratitude journals from past years. She is offering this sketchbook project as a way to "strengthen gratitude muscles", something we all need to do from time to time. A new prompt is given every Friday and right now, she has posted a list of materials although you can work from pretty much anything you already have in the house.
And I am also signed up for a year-long online class, Let's Face It 2016, with 15 different artists. All of the lessons are focused on learning strategies and techniques to create faces and portraits with confidence. http://www.karabullockart.com
I am continuing on my journey to be more creative, to experiment and try something new. So my new year's resolution is simply to stay the course and continue learning.