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Monday, 14 November 2016

Happier Traveller...

After sharing the piece I had made from the "Happy Traveller" class by
Tam Laporte, I received a comment from a friend who asked
why these types of class are always pale skinned girls?
(not her exact words but you get the gist)
I said I had seen pages made with darker skinned girls, 
but to be honest there don't seem to be that many.
I thought I'd try painting my next girl with a darker complexion..
.but she still came out quite pale.
 *to be fair to myself I am extremely pale skinned
 so to me she seemed much duskier lol*
Not to be bested I have tried again...
 This time my girl has much deeper skin tones :D
 It was a much more difficult process.
 I knew just slapping down a layer of brown paint wasn't the right way to go...
instead I started with reds/blues/purples and oranges, with yellow for highlights.
You can't use white to blend like on the paler girls as it makes everything a dull grey.
Once the under-layers where in place I did use a light wash of raw umber*brown*
to tie the surface together, but it still made the skin look flat and dull....

 it turned out that the bog standard "flesh" coloured paint was the best to blend and highlight with...
who would have guessed lol

Still not sure if the darker skin tones are right...
*comments not only welcome but required*
Please let me know what you think, and give any tips you may have tried.
Enjoy :D XXX



  1. I think your "experiment" for a richer skin tone is working. It's not easy to get that "just right" feeling for me on any skin tone. Great job. I love how wonderfully emotive all three of these females appear. xoxo Oma Linda

    1. It's a great excuse to keep painting though :D XXX

  2. Gina, from the bottom of my heart, I think all 3 of these are breath taking! I think you did a wonderful job on the darker skin colour! Truly beautiful!!! Big Hugs!

  3. I haven't tried painting faces for years so can't offer any help I'm afraid but the different faces and skin tones look brilliant to me xxx

  4. Loved the expressions of first painting.
    Absolutely gorgeous and captivating

  5. What I think...
    Your skin tone is perfect
    Why are there not more artists of different ethnic backgrounds offering art classes, showing art work, flooding FB
    That was an unfair comment in my opinion

    1. Point me to them Debi...I haven't seen any, and I have taken classes with artists of differing ethnicities, but none doing this kind of journalling X

  6. I like all the different complexions... You, pale-skinned wild woman. :-D