This is another of Karin Jurick's challenges on Different Strokes From Different Folks. We were given a photo reference with instructions to paint the painting upside down - well at least 90% of it anyway. So that is what I did! I didn't stand on my head or anything like that - just turned my reference upside down and painted. I did sketch the woman out upside down before blocking in the color color upside down but it was quite fun. I found I wasn't too concerned with what I was painting - just the shape.
Actually in the past, I've turned my graphite drawings upside down from time to time to see if I had gotten all the details or to see where I was off but I've never painted something from the start upside down.
I'm fairly pleased with the way it turned out except for the face. My velour board is only 5"x7" so the face is pretty small - couldn't get the nose and shape of the face with my fat pastel sticks so guess what - a gust of wind blew her hair in her face! I also changed the shadow a bit because in the reference photo it looked like she might have x-ray vision the with way the light appeared to be coming from her glasses and it creeped me out so I moved it. It's great to be an artist!These challenges of Karin's are just that for me - a challenge. They are usually not subjects that I would paint but I'm learning something with each one and enjoying doing something different. Thanks Karin!