Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Happy Hello Friends!
Today I finished up on a pencil/ink/painting in my mixed media sketchbook....
Those of you that have been following me on instagram saw I became a little frustrated at one point of this project.....Pencils weren't quite working out for me so I almost threw in the towel....I decided to go over the pencil work with oils.....Yep, I'm back to oils and I'm so glad I made that choice.....I love working with oil paints! Thick vibrant colors and easy to manipulate...I actually tried a "dry" brush effect to her face and I was happy with the results...
Above I'm letting "teal green" watercolor drip from her eye....Like a teardrop.
Below I am lightly stippling white titanium oil paint....I wanted to create a light/feathery effect....
Next I'm adding yellow oil paint with a feather....Almost looking like fringes and feathers are hanging from a swirl medallion....But then again it can be whatever your imagination wants it to be......
Here is a collage showing the beginning pencil work to the stage where I was adding detail to the "below" butterfly....
I ALWAYS paint from actual images....I like to make my work "somewhat" realistic....I then go in and add details/colors from imagination....
My inspiration for this painting was:
I always thought Naomi Campbell was/is stunningly beautiful!  She has an exotic look that is unique.  I can see why she is a photographers dream!
Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Oh wow, she is a beauty. I'd say, the best part is the nose. The shading is mad beautiful. Oil paints are and will be the king of all paints, yes?! I have a box of those and a few tubes of Liquin Impasto under the sink - waiting for the better days I guess ... .;) Oil pastels would also suit your ,,hand writing,,!!!;);) Tried Sennelier Oil Pastels? All other brands are a joke near those little wonders!!:) All the best!

    1. Yes, I agree, Kris....I'm back to Oils and I'm staying! This is the first time I mixed watercolors for the background work....I'm liking mixing both....Oil pastels are great too....I have a thing with "blending" so anything with oil works great!!...Thank you so much, Kris!! Much appreciated!

  2. I really and truly am in awe of our gorgeous piece! I will never be able to do this type of work and envy those that have such a beautiful talent. She is really stunning - her features - her eyebrows look so real and, her eyes, oh my gosh - her eyes are beyond gorgeous - she is definitely an exotic beauty. I am so glad you have shared your art!!

    1. It is so nice to hear your kind comments, Kathy!! Much appreciated!

  3. This is so beautiful, Mandy! An exotic beauty!

  4. Thank you so much, Patty! It's always nice to hear from you and much appreciated!!

  5. She is just gorgeous Mandy! I love seeing your painting work. <3

  6. Thank you so much, Lisa! Much appreciated!


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