Tuesday, 17 September 2013

# 17

My contribution today for the 29 Faces in September challenge, see sidebar for link.
Here comes "Jean d'Arc"...

I sketched her birthplace as a background in pastels:

Then I sketched the statue and the face of my niece, but it didn't work as I wanted it to!!!

I covered the face with white acrylic, and sketched anew:

I sketched and painted over it again and then I thought I needed something different.
I turned to another reference photo and wanted to do something I hadn't done before. I actually wanted something textural, but didn't know what, or have anything, and then the gold flakes came to my mind, which I have a little box of.
I outlined the sketch with glue and layered the gold on top, bit by bit. Then I got out my water colours and painted the face, hair and outlines.

Now I'm really curious, what you think of her!
Sharing this on Facebook also in the 29 Faces group!


  1. It is fine that You had an energy to paint many times, but I am glad You did. The result is amaising! It is so wonderful that I want see it live, I want to hold it in my hand and see gold shining. And I want comfort the Young Lady. You have painted her so fine, She looks worried but bold and much more...

    This painting has something special, don't ever miss this. You must put this under the glas, this is ART.
    Congradulations :-)

    1. Thank you very much Uuna! Your appreciation means so much to me!

  2. Thanks for sharing the progress. Love the result, specially the golden flakes are an amazing effect.
    Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comment:-)
    Liebe Grüße Anja

  3. Oh I love her ... at first I thought... hmm!!.. but now with the touch of goldflakes it gives something mystic.... wonderful work!!!

  4. I think all the under-drawings give it a lot of depth and energy. I love the goldflakes, too. Gives her an inner glow and an outer luster.


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