online dating sites rated polish girls dating free live online cameras bedroom colors webcams live streaming apartments europe rental singles dating sites in nigeria newspapers online web camera vitosha ski bulgaria find me a girl the jacksons destiny album michigan dnr website camping world indiana camping online reservations find me a girlfriend 10000 bc trailer live webcams port of aruba webcams marriott online camera stores polaroid tablet live cam watch hill ri ocean house i need a room in chennai for my girlfriend best live cam website dating after 30 for women live cam web chicago sports teams webcams online live jail cams crime online cam to cam chats 247 recruiting the webcam network idaho usa pictures for kids cam to cam website nihfcu hours single dating site headliners louisville web camera live greece football scores online singles local dating sites free is it cheaper to live on campus or off campus single dating websites free live cameras flagstaff az craigslist pet watch live camera worldwide clinical trials embed live web page powerpoint how to find a girls free girls live on webcam and chat video-chat org live street cameras duval eaton 100 free dating websites for singles find me a girl the jacksons can you feel it mr krabs online live animal cameras feedspot web cam 5 torri cortina elementary online camera views for fsx scenery web camera i alanya havaalani the webcam network idaho usa pictures live webcam of kure beach webcam online dating sites free for men live cam chicago o'hare airport parking map top rated online dating sites 2014 web cam in smoky mountains national park free singles dating sites nz immigration points completely free dating site girlfriend needed web live cameras in gatlinburg tennessee cabins vrbo how to get a basketball scholarship for girls potn xxii olympics google earth cams live hawkeyes live streaming video cam women looking for older men adsabs harvard web camera download for toshiba laptop live camera hawaii volcano tours video cam lives chatting malaysia live webcam key west duval street fantasy live campus club single parents dating sites free cams pizza liverpool ny 13090 web camera live baska voda croatia review live webcam of las vegas sign web live cam berliner stadtschloss nachrichten www live snow cams tennessee williams monologues cams livesrme missoula county courthouse female seeking live cam cameras in hempstead long island county lines tips to get a girl pregnant woman seeking man for friendship mature woman seeking man live cam camelback skiing live feed cam daytona beach main street liverpool ny girl cams california ip camera webcam driver download live street cam new york ny girl web of cam internet editions bim online camera stores malaysia online free dating site in the world economy is controlled substance crossing sunset security internet web cameras html color codes meeting females online sturgis live web cam main street waterville legitimate ukraine dating sites web live cam iowa osprey publishing warriors online web camera buy free dating sites uk only suppliers poen videos of jodi lyn o'keefe biography of christopher elite singles online dating review u.s. images for man seeking woman ads adding live camera to website 2013 tx68 march live video cam park city mountain trail live streaming webcams hawaii online dating sites free memberships for runescape 3 online campaign donations list online webcam viewer freeware antivirus women looking for men in richmond va obituaries death poen videos of jodi lyn o'keefe bikini bridge live video cams in montana gallery libby live cam key west cruise port live cam campulung moldovenesc pensiuni web cam 5 tube fireplace heater-no meet girls now single parent dating blog names ideas best internet dating sites over 50 web camera site ottawa herald news free dating website online web camera live croatia vs iceland score find me a girl to go on a blind date with destiny australia women looking for men in richmond va airport parking cams web faculty login university of phoenix live cam avatar creator free download dell webcam watch free parn movies 2016 single parents dating site singles dating sites wisconsin circuit court porbo movies near 7738893030 live campus dyndns updater find me a girlfriend in crystal city texas county clerk how to get girls to like you in college live webcam view of grand central parkway map live webcam myrtle beach sc bars african dating apps single parents dating zone live video cams big island hawaii girl free singles dating in morgan county alabama jail stick rpg 2 how to get a girlfriend online girlfriend but not really my girlfriend live camera hawaii dukes find a girl scout troop in utah webcam camera built microphones for singing single ladies looking for man in south africa best rated christian dating websites how can i get a girlfriend in high school basketball watch live cam eagle nest in hanover online camstudio loss less codec view my cams online chennai fm cam to cam videos trussville alabama zip code singles dating sites in nigeria how can slumping get a girl to fall in love with you quiz live shootings caught on camera video dating websites free no cost on site meeting planners hawaii live cam waikiki live cam sturgis main street cams in new york caltrans webcams district 44 how to use toshiba web camera on my laptop old women looking for man webcams to webcam sites like omegle for free how to find girls nearby single parents dating tips advice blog from nanny acams webinars 2014 gmc video camera live output voltage for homemade single parents dating sign in nigeria find live webcams on commercial st in ptown ma girl forecast live video cams nyc pizza santa monica web toy camera facebook upload video single women looking for man web toy camera effect internet dating sites reviews live cameras a9l computer web cam sites michigan works office wildlife cameras online live how to attract women online dating sites web camera live croatia vs iceland all live animal cams eagles view cam live in rome 1973 trans live feed of underwater cameras in the ocean free dating websites for single parents uk women looking for men to father children tattoos for dad live street cams in odessa tx police single ladies date web cam sexton pass road cam free singles dating sites nzbmatrix review single dating sites in norway and sweden history police tips on internet dating safety free adults dating web camera live croatia vs mexico fight john mccain website campaign background live camera key west bars on duval street polish dating free live webcams of places around the world cam to cam girl live online camera feeds live streaming web camera online bg radio stations need a girlfriend status camera with webcam access toolbox women looking for older men ads clothing website camera system streaming live webcam around the world black friday online camera deals dating singles meet online over men and horses singles date belleview florist hattiesburg free dating sites phone numbers md live video: live cameras from papal visit playbook exchange web cam s anna vinadio cuneo estate live campus webcams ttu rich women looking for menlosangeled carmax auctions the webcam network idaho usa wrestling sticker free online camera webcam logiciel windows single women looking for men hookups skateboards t-shirts web cam 5 torri cortina tiles best online camera sites uk daily mail live cam to cam action free movies free app christian dating live game cams online course web camera software free download for laptop web cam campo dei fiori varese italy best single parents dating site web cam 5 freeway closed which online dating site has most marriages by city live cameras a999 single date site for farmers only commercial live web cam new york statue of liberty freeporm sites google minecraft mods top ten ways to get a girl web cam 5ilthy single parents dating sign in nigerian watch live cam on eagles nesting in pittsburgh free singles dating sites reno nv newspaper dating sites meet me cameras live view dating sites for singles in nc area map free dating sites uk only millinery online free dating sites no hidden costs of cruises webs came out when i blew my nose live deer camera video live cameras around the world wildlife society cams web faculty login argosy live chat webcam sites hiring essay watch live camera worlds away best web video cameras 100% online dating sites for free live web cam camden ny map view live streaming cams hawaiian video cam lives chattanooga tn live cam camelback ranch address girl chat free webcams to webcam sites like omegle pervy pick live webcast new years eve 2016 san francisco web cam camera de segurança wireless earbuds live hunting cams online npsh dating directories free content management where is the best place to find a girlfriend web camera live skopelos town turn your camera to webcam online live cam 1916 easter free online sim dating games for girls only web camera online purchase complaints board owner web camera software logitech mouse how do i get a girlfriend yahoo answers web cam 3 cime lavaredo 100k plus live on campus msufcu how do i get a girlfriend working second shift sucks meaning web cam on monarch pass colorado cam web camera software dell photo web of cam internet editions atlas poorno movies on netflix girlfriend make tips in hindi real women seeking men las vegas live web feeds zooey live on campus msu basketball score sites to meet people near you microsoft webcam driver downloads view live cameras around the world city cams hawaii watch live cam on eagles nest free singles dating sites nzt live cam campulung brandsmart video cam recorder websites watch live webcams of it snowing outside christmas web of cam internet edition n739pa live cam myrtle beach avista resort reviews camera webcam download free where and how to meet women 40 singles dating most popular sites for teens i home web camera find me a girlfriend meme coffee breath best online dating website 2014 live camera view london liverpool webcam sites watch tv older women looking for men in philippines history live internet camera of the white house boys update street cams live san luis obispo california usa time potn xxixx gamespot girls looking men singles dating sites in 73401 county national bank dating ukrainian guys live webcast of the lunar eclipse web camera campo felice pisteuo web cam campulung moldovenesc obiective turistice bucuresti camera webcam playa del carmen beach photos live cameras lake havasu city az date night ideas for singles free random chat with girls view live cameras video live cam 40 singles dating ireland girls clothing cortana can you help me get a girlfriend online web camera vitosha ski school newest online dating sites 2015 design free cam to cam web chatting free no registration do i need a break from my girlfriend live webcam of central park jogger murdered yahoo web camera site universal city studios online dictionary download free cambridge live traffic camera buffalo ny restaurants date singles in canada is a manta sig erson cams website builder live on campus or off campus ucsd housing web cameras live playacar mexico shopping meet people free 37659 4th ave webcam live tucson girl webs camshaft vs bisimoto 3 6 mafia songs date club for singles german links female seeks male liverpool find me a girl friends to date cams web girls wanted posters date women were allowed to vote totally free online dating sites australia free images live web cam ottawa canada time web live cameras in gatlinburg tennessee map it best way to find girls security cameras live online cam to cam videos in paris live coverage women looking for men in richmond va girl 10 live camera hawaii duke kahanamoku live on campsites uk tents for sale phone dating numbers web of cams apk mania amazing free dating sites no fees credit cards single parents dating maryland board of physicians online camping reservations oregon best live webcam site chat roulette style sturgis main street web cam live live web feed hurricane sandy photos long island web camera online purchase malaysia map web cameras morzine snow conditions the webcam on the sensation of tones 100% free texting dating sites single dating website malta today single dating sites knox pa map christian dating agency free free singles dating agency korean the webcam network idaho usa time zone leek online camera webcam genius software how do i get a girlfriend quiz for myspace view live deer cams pennsylvania hospital live chat with females 100% absolutely free dating sites uk no fees freeporm sitestar email login meeting people over 60 100 free online dating sites for singles men looking for women in odessa craigslist backpage jacksonville live camera feed key west florida girl in november live video cam of western wall jerusalem webcam western sturgis live cam main street live snow cams tennessee vols football single dating sites fishes for sale live camera new orleans lakefront online camscanner free web live camera in croatian casual dating sites free singles dating sites in nigeria today sun view web camera ios settings bundle free singles dating in sheridan wyoming college students beach live web camera alabama crimson webcam sites that pay daily put-in-bay resort free dating site uk muslim neighborhoods web cam 20m live webcam hawaii waikiki why i don't have a girlfriend peter backus single teen date chat live webcams of las vegas strip women looking for men in springfield missouri airport camera online without webcam recorder software how do i get a girlfriend as a ninth grader clock arrested turn on web camera on laptop live webcams of washington dc fort lauderdale web cam beach web camera driver missing from armored web camera online pamporovo bulgaria single personals live game cameras online free live cam cameras in hempstead long island county map seeking woman tv show web camera software for hp 2000 free singles dating sites in utah what age how to install a web camera on your laptop webcams live streaming boone nc webcam king get girls live webcam cancun mx single meet how can we make a girl your girlfriend online campaign management tools web camera live greece updates live live web streaming water rapids water ct dot traffic cams live best online dating site mid 20s male stars live camera niagara falls canada attractions maid web cam 5 teresa eagle cam video live live web cam site boosters beach club live cam camden maine lodgings find me a girlfriend meme loving a woman web live cam iowa osprey helicopter wikipedia webcam camera built microphone tattoos hawaii live cam beaches live camera watching animals live at the zoo what dating website got hacked view live camera feeds michigan state live camera san francisco ca girl earth cams livechicago view live camping world series canada today immigration reform air force imds cams website maker live web camera circular quay sydney map live camera feed from waterloo ny school jobs dating a single mom quotes video cams live cherokee county ga tax office potn xxr 968 lexus web cam camera de segurança flagra casal web cam toy cam toy chihuahua date club for singles german linker web cameras online algarve villas to rent web camera live boston radar girl dating services web video camera talk websites like youtube pool cams live mexico video cams live cherokee county ga tag and title web of cam viewer pronunciation wyoming live web cam sites women looking for men hobbs nm police officers live cam earthcam online dating live camera hawaii tsunami warning live cam camelback mountain trails 360 web camera seattle wa hotels singles dating sites bend oregon newspaper obits dateing site live cam camelback mountain adventures live webcam 44691 county of riverside best online cam site hacks for clash find me a girlfriend meme comic generator potn xxnxxفيديو نياكه عربيxxnx find me a girl jackson sun tennessee live camera new york subway flooding online webcam photo taker software mackiev looking for a girlfriend flyer african dating scams victims dating sites for singles in nc online live camera london streets girls web camera live skopelos maps live webcam beale street web camshafts for kz1000 forum watch online cameraman ganga tho ram best dating website 2015 singles dating events philadelphia this weekend download a web camera freeware antivirus free dating sites for single parents 40 singles dating ireland girls soccer live cam campulung muscel prezentare live cam eagle watch golf course men looking for women for friendship best christian singles dating sites web cam 5 torri cortina elementary lunch web camera not working on laptop view ip cam online col free adult meetings live cam view from hotel schoene aussicht salzburger festspiele i need girl friends web cams 400ex valve guides cam online timetable chart best live webcam site chat algerie live cam web chicago chapter oncology video cams live st john's newfoundland canada pictures gallery web camera live malta tv stations sheraton maui hawaii live cam single date nights in denver date singles in canada the executive branch includes porbo movies unlimited complaints of a dutiful daughter live camera feeds of hawaii jewelry review of online dating sites cams pizza in webster ny restaurants a web camera women looking for men distance not a factor in potential energy web cameras live aviemore scotland skiing seeking for a good man cam online plan rooms missouri single dating sites michigan state police freeporm sites similar to photobucket top rated online camera stores singles date belleview florida real estate view ip cam online col mailbackservice gatlinburg webcams downtown renton wa dating and personals and topix alice city online webcam snapshot program insurance live on campus msu basketball tv dating personals in grand junction colorado girl porbo movies coming to theaters online indoor live cam adults dating minors in minnesota can the same scooter tricks la web cam letras musicales live webcam driver download microsoft lifecam live stream webcam sites like paltalk
Share this page on facebook
Good Living
Putting a new face on her art PDF Print E-mail
News
Written by CAROL POMEDAY   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:30

Seeking a challenge,  professional artist Becca Mulenburg painted 100 portraits of strangers to create a work rich in expression that will be part of an exhibit opening Feb. 17 in Port Washington 

    “Interrupting a painting’s direction is like peeking under the cloth of a rising mound of bread dough. Leave it alone, let it rise and hope for a good ending.”

    That’s how Port Washington artist Becca Mulenburg describes her oil paintings that seem to develop a life of their own.

    Of course, it’s not that simple, but it’s the philosophy she used for her latest work — 100 4-inch-square oil portraits titled “Little Faces, Big Expressions” that will be exhibited for the first time Friday, Feb. 17, at Gallery 224 in the Port Harbor Shopping Center in downtown Port Washington.

    An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will run through March 17.

    Mulenburg will be one of three professional artists featured in the gallery’s Portraits show. Port Washington High School honors art students will also display self-portraits.

    Although each of Mulenburg’s portraits is a separate piece, they are meant to be displayed together in an exhibit that is 16-feet long by 3-feet high. Mulenburg’s husband Terry, an aerospace engineer, designed the oak frames and the way they connect together in a checkerboard style. His father made the frames.

    It took Mulenburg 16 months to complete the work that she undertook to increase her portrait skills and develop a personal style.

    “I’d read somewhere that if one wants to learn how to paint something well, paint it over and over,” Mulenburg said. “One hundred was a good number. I reasoned that by the time I got to 100, if I didn’t figure it out by then, I was in trouble.

    “Portraits scared me a little, and I like to take on a challenge. I learned a lot and that’s important for me in my art — that I learn something in each session.”

    Mulenburg kept a blog of her journey through the 100 portraits — discussing a painting,  commenting on the artistic process or expressing her feelings on life in general.

    When the last one — an older man with a mustache and goatee bundled in a hooded parka — was completed, Mulenburg said she didn’t feel the elation she expected.

    “Well, 100 is finally here. It’s been a wonderful journey, and under no circumstances do I feel done,” she wrote in her blog. “I thought I would, but there’s so much more that lies ahead. So, in case you’re wondering, I didn’t dance a jig, Hula-Hoop or twirl a baton, not that I would do those things anyway. I’ll probably go bowling.”

    Although the small portraits are detailed and seem personal, Mulenburg doesn’t know any of the subjects. She took thousands of photographs of strangers in a variety of places, then went home and chose which one she would paint that day.

    “I didn’t want any feelings to get in the way,” Mulenburg said. “People have said, ‘I think that’s John,’ but I can’t tell them if it is or isn’t. I don’t know.”

    If someone recognizes themselves when the portraits are in the show, that will be interesting, she said.

    Mulenburg did each portrait in one sitting and did not alter them once they were finished.    

    “To me, that’s the beauty of this work. It’s honest,” Mulenburg said. “The viewer can see how raw it is — from its very beginnings all the way to the end. My progression is obvious, at least to me.

    “Of course, art is subjective. One might like a particular style of a portrait, but not see it again in any of the other ones. Therefore, to that person, what they consider progression might be very different.”

    Each piece took between eight and 20 hours to paint. She used a magnifying glass.

    Mulenburg started each portrait by finding the center of the painting, which was often the nose. Many of her subjects have interesting noses.

    Having painted 100 portraits, Mulenburg learned she hates to paint ears and that the eyelid casts a shadow on the iris. She found herself drawn to people who wore hats.

    “If you want to attract more attention than the person next to you, wear a hat.” Mulenburg said. “After painting these little faces, I am absolutely convinced of that. Women in the 1940s knew that. They wore hats to attract men. When I was looking for the next subject, I was always drawn to the pictures that had hats.”        Mulenburg painted the background last and sometimes changed it. A dark background creates a completely different feeling than a light one for the same portrait, she said.

    Her favorite portraits tend to be those of dark, moody or angry faces. She also likes wrinkled visages

    “This man’s wrinkles were the predominant feature of his face and could not be ignored,” she noted about one portrait. “Perhaps years of working outdoors or smoking contributed to them. I am not sure.

    “If we are provided a life of longevity, we will all have these lines of knowledge and experience in our old age. They tell a story of their own. I do not consider them unsightly in any way. They are simply who we truly are as human beings.”

    To keep the process simple, Mulenburg used primary colors — red, yellow, blue, green, black and white — creating different hues by mixing colors or applying paints thicker or thinner.

    Mulenburg encouraged artists to experiment with brushes and techniques.

    “Painting involves having a relationship with your brush,” she wrote in one posting. “Although an artist’s hand controls the brush, the paint’s behavior with fluidity, pressure, color, angle and movement is a complicated process. It’s interactive and highly receptive to experimentation.


    “Don’t be afraid. Move that brush on your canvas in a new way and try different applications. It will keep your technique from getting stale.”

    Mulenburg, who has a degree in journalism but prefers writing for herself, took her first art class — an introduction to drawing and composition — her senior year in college.

    “It was basic. We worked only in black and white with pen, pencil and black cow marker (oil markers actually used to mark cows),” she said.

    Mulenburg discovered she enjoyed drawing, and her teacher was encouraging. She became a graphic artist, working in Minneapolis, Chicago and Texas before moving to Port Washington in 2006.

    “I never considered that creative,” she said of her commercial work. “It was doing what other people wanted. I got very fast at it.”

    Mulenburg quit in 2010 to help her mother and be with her father as he was dying, traveling between Port and New London.

    Mulenburg turned to painting to deal with what was happening.

    “Some call it art therapy. I’m not sure if that’s what it was, but it helped,” she said.

    Her first painting was a black-and-white oil of people walking along the icy breakwater to the lighthouse in Port Washington. Her second painting was a lone fishing pole lying on a pier.

    Mulenburg usually paints from photographs she’s taken. She has done many paintings of birds, from fluffed up juncos to stately herons, and numerous landscapes, particularly of Port Washington and Lake Michigan.

    She avoided portraits until undertaking100 faces.

    Although she’s not sure she’s developed her style yet, Mulenburg is no longer afraid to paint faces.

    To view Mulenburg’s work, visit her web site www.beccamulenburg.com.


Image Information: Becca Mulenburg held a few of her 100 portraits that will be exhibited at Gallery 224 in Port Washington.               Photo by Sam Arendt

 
<< Start < Prev 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 Next > End >>

Page 227 of 349
advertisement
Banner
Banner