Last week I managed to complete four of the “taster” lessons from Tamara LaPorte’s Kaleidoscope session. T tried to choose lessons that used a medium I wasn’t comfortable using or a subject that I don’t typically draw/paint. Two of the subjects were portraits and those I tend to lean towards, but the medium was different for me, or the subject was different.
The first one I completed was a lesson from Christa Forrest and the subject was a Black woman. I made mine a little older (thus the blue hair). I liked the mixed-media aspect using collage elements for the background and dress and using colored-pencils and paint markers. She looks a little wonky, but that’s okay.
The second one I completed was a street scene done in watercolor of Santorini, Greece. The instructor was Toni Burt, and the medium is watercolor. The goal is to be loose and that’s an element of art I struggle with. Additionally, I still am not comfortable using watercolor but keep practicing and my comfort level is growing.
Next was a mixed media leopard on watercolor paper. This was something WAY out of my comfort level. The artist, Eulalia Mejia, uses acrylic paint on watercolor paper. The end result is a paper that has a leather-like texture. I don’t usually paint in this type of style but like the end result. I’m thinking of using it as a journal cover – what do you think?
Lastly, I used watercolor, acrylic inks, and pens to follow along with the lesson from Tamara LaPorte. This is by far my favorite and I titled it “Music Is Her Name.” She reminds me of so many people in my life who have or had red hair.
In the end, I was sorely tempted to sign up and pay for the year-long Kaleidoscope course. I didn’t because I am already signed up for the year-long Let’s Face It Course at Kara Bullock Art School (https://karabullockart.com/) and falling behind on the lessons as it is. I may do the Kaleidoscope next year as it is typically offered each year. For more information, you can follow Tamara LaPorte at https://www.willowing.org/
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