29 Faces — Blog Challenge — No. 24 & Art It Friday – Show Your Face In the Style of Dina Wakley!

Alaya Art sponsored 29 Faces in September 2015.  I didn’t get all of my 29 faces completed during the challenge period but I am going to continue with them until I get them all done.  It has helped develop my skills so much that I want to make sure I make it through all 29!  Also, Kim Dellow over on her blog has a fun thing going called Art It Friday – Show Your Face.  During the month of November 2015 Kim is challenging us to do a portrait in the style of another known artist.  I really admire Dina Wakley and I have both of her books: Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage.  I based this week’s portrait off of a face demonstration that Dina had in her Art Journal Courage book on page 36.  I drew it with a Stabilo Marks All Pencil over a gessoed background. Then I added color with some Neocolor II water soluble crayons and a wet paint brush.  Honestly, I’ll have to say that Dina is the one that finally pushed my buttons enough to get me to start drawing portraits and seriously trying to do them in a way that I would make me happy.  I think she succeeded.  🙂  Here is Face No. 24:

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I am also linking this post to:

  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s regular Friday post Art Journal Everyday post which she usually posts regularly every Friday
  • Paint Party Friday and
  • Art Every Day Month where Leah Piken Kolidas hosts the challenge to do something creative every day during the month of November every year.


I am sorry that I have not been able to respond to your comments the last few days.  I had to take some time away from the computer and my journals and get a little sleep (still trying to recovery from recent work stresses and strains)!  Hopefully I will have some time to catch up this weekend and also visit some of your all’s lovely blogs!

I hope you have a beautiful, art-filled weekend!  I will be doing some face painting–not portraits or caricatures but actually applying paint to children’s faces–at our church’s fall festival on Saturday.  You can bet I will post a couple of photos from THAT adventure.  I’ve never done it but I was asked so I said OK.  We’ll see how it goes.  In any event, I’m sure I will have some creative fun–and so will all the children.  🙂

17 thoughts on “29 Faces — Blog Challenge — No. 24 & Art It Friday – Show Your Face In the Style of Dina Wakley!

    • Thanks, Susi! And I am SO enjoying repining many of your pinned journal pages on Pintrest to your own little dedicated board of inspiration on my site. Your work is so inspiring. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  1. fabulous face!! I too have both of Dina’s books and admire her style. i just pulled out her books the other day to do a face -perhaps it will show up for next week:) Dina is the one who got me using the Stabilo All pencils too:) Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks, Suz! I seem to be getting better at copying…if I had to do something of my “own” that would be extremely tough right now. I know I will eventually get there–I think I will never be able to change my eye style despite myself, LOL–but for now, I am quite happy at the mimic stage. 🙂

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