Learning is something that I think everyone should continue to do, every single day. If I find an opportunity to improve a skill or expand my knowledge, I try to do it.

Which means that when I found a narrative portraiture class in acrylic painting, I was excited to jump right in.

The class taught me some new things and I am glad I took it. I had never painted using glazes. I’ve never built up layers of color in this manner. Little things came up that I had never thought of- draw your base sketch in watercolor pencil? Why didn’t I think of that?

I never had any formal training in acrylics, and am always interested in trying out new techniques. Anything that might make my work more exciting and add depth makes me happy.

My painting is on a 14 x 18 inch canvas. I call her “Kelly” and I am happy with the results. It took me a few hours a day for seven days to complete this piece.

I found the process to be difficult at times. I don’t know that I will use these methods in the same way in the future, but I am sure I will use them again. I always like to remind myself that you have to know the rules to break them.

You can find the narrative portraiture class I took here.

I would say that it is a good class for beginner-intermediate painters that are going to be painting the same picture the instructor paints. I did not use the same picture and it was a bit tedious to watch the videos when the focus was on that specific subject.

Overall it was a good class and I will use the lessons for future projects. If you are completely new to painting this may not be the best class for you.

That’s my two cents. Now here’s my painting in progress.

All artwork and pictures by CandaceOnline.