Practicing Darker Skin Tones: Daily Art Practice



Couch Talk


I mentioned last week that I did some spring cleaning in my garden. I purchased my plants at the greenhouse, and I am now waiting until the temperatures allow me to plant. As you can see, I added 3 wire trellises to the sections where I have berries growing. If not, they grow over the paths, and I am always getting thorns stuck in my legs. I (and hubby) will be adding compost before I plant, to bring the level of soil up a bit higher in the beds. I know soil doesn’t evaporate but it is amazing how it disappears.  Or maybe it just settles? Regardless, I am eager to get growing!



Daily Art Practice


I completed another practice portrait a month or so ago and realized that I hadn’t shared it. I am working off a photo from Pinterest for reference. You can see the reference HERE. Below is my initial sketch. I have taped the edges off to create a nice border when I am finished.



I found her skin tone to be challenging as I have never painted darker skin so I will definitely be trying this again to get more practice. I liked that the palette was limited, and I also had the change to practice folds in fabric.




Tea Day



I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Earl Grey. Nothing like a pot of tea with lunch!

Happy Tea Day,


14 thoughts on “Practicing Darker Skin Tones: Daily Art Practice”

  • Your garden looks great Kate. I know; I’m not sure what happens to the amount of soil either. I am just starting mine as my flower gardens always come first to me. And that is a beautiful face this week. Skin tones of any color are tough I think. . I hope you have a great start to May. Happy T day. hugs-Erika

  • Dear Kate, your practice portrait is breathtakingly beautiful again!
    I keep my fingers crossed that everything grows well in your garden. The soil settles from year to year, this is normal for raised beds.
    Have a great May!
    Hugs and happy T-Day, Traude 😘

  • Good morning, I lover garden boxes those are really nice for veggies I think. Larry had built me two at woods house
    awesome art Have a good week Hugs
    Happy T(ea)

  • Hi Kate! A pot of Earl Grey sounds perfect, it’s been a while since I had some. I love seeing your garden beds, they are so neat and I like the little fence around them too. Mine are a bit more messy, like the whole garden lol. Looking forward to growing season too. Love your portrait, you are so good at these! Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx

  • The promise of an empty garden in early spring is fun to contemplate. Planting berries on trellises is so neat.
    best, mae at

  • Great plans for your garden, Kate. Can’t wait to see the fab things I know you are going to put in there!

    Super drawing/painting. Wow. I am super impressed.

    The tea looks super too.

    Happy T-day. Hugz

  • Wow, your raised garden beds are amazing. I have noticed my bricks sink into the soil, so I understand your dirt settling.

    I was impressed by the way you made those skin tones look so realistic. I also loved how you created the folds in her scarf. It looks SO realistic.

    That’s an unusual and beautiful tea pot. I also went ga ga over that tin, too. Thanks for sharing your art, your raised beds, and your tea with us for T this week, dear Kate.

    Sorry I’m so late visiting. Still taking care of two homes, four cats, four sandboxes, and four food bowls, as well as four demanding cats, two of which don’t like sharing me.

  • Your garden is clearly ready for your new plants, looking forward to seeing it progress. Your portrait is wonderful, great details. I don’t drink tea but tea caddies such as this are always interesting to see. Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

  • Your garden looks fantastic. I have things planted and everthing is wrapped in poly. Still cold here and very wet. Your art is just amazing. Have a nice day today.

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