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  • Artist – Mara Light
  • 10+ Hours of content
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • KB Artist Community – FB
  • Course Price – $149
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Are you eager to delve into new materials and ideas to enhance your portrait work? Are you ready to let your painting guide you and forge a visual language that beautifully merges painting, texture, and collage?

Join Mara Light in PORTRAITS WITH TEXTURED LAYERS!  In this mesmerizing course, Mara will unveil her unique process and approach to painting expressive portraits. She will generously share her valuable tips and tricks, simplifying the portrait drawing experience and infusing your work with vibrant life. If you're yearning to explore new materials and embrace a fresh creative path, this demo is an absolute must-watch!  This course differs from Mara's first demo as you will finally get to see how Mara creates her textured canvases that offer such a unique surface to work with.  This immersive experience mirrors the intimate atmosphere of her home studio, where she brings her artistic visions to life.  Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness Mara Light's artistic prowess as she paints a beautifully rendered portrait. Immerse yourself in the unique mixture of painting, texture, and collage, and let your creativity soar to new heights.  We hope to see you in class!



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Embark on a Captivating Journey: Unveiling the Art of Expressive Portrait Creation.  In this engaging series of prerecorded lessons, Mara begins by sharing her secrets for creating textured backgrounds so you can start your own painting in an interesting way. Discover her methods of adding depth and dimension to your artwork, laying the foundation for a truly immersive portrait.

Building upon this textured canvas, Mara then guides you through the process of painting the portrait itself, drawing inspiration from carefully selected references. Learn Mara's approach to printing reference photos and ensuring accurate placement of facial features and hands—an essential aspect of creating true-to-life portraits.


As the lessons progress, Mara introduces you to her palette and the tools she uses to achieve a tapestry of texture and color on her surface. Explore the possibilities of incorporating various techniques to bring your portrait to life, while experiencing the being right there in the studio with Mara.

It's important to note that these lessons are not presented in a live workshop format but are instead thoughtfully prerecorded to ensure a seamless learning experience. Every demonstration, every technique, and every brushstroke has been captured, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in Mara's creative process.


Enroll today and let Mara Light's expertise and passion for portraiture inspire your own artistic endeavors. Unleash your creativity, master new techniques, and unlock the potential to create stunningly expressive portraits that leave a lasting impression.


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Cost - $149



I was born in 1970 in New York. My artistic journey began early in life within the home. Creativity was always encouraged by my parents as they were artists themselves. I was often drawing and being creative in some form or another. I am grateful art was a respectable endeavor in my home life and family. In my high school years, I started to understand the extraordinary power art would have on my life. Art was a way to escape into my own world, a place where beauty and deep emotions had a voice. After high school, I completed my BFA in 1993 at the Art Center College of Design in California. The central theme of my paintings is the expression of the figure with a focus on the female form using light to reveal the mood or expression I would like to convey. I am constantly evolving and dedicated to creating paintings that remain fresh and speak to the viewer on many levels. My work is shown in galleries, charity events, and has been commissioned by dozens of private and public collectors. Most days I can be found painting in my studio and loving the struggle of life as an artist!



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  This course is a self-study, so the teacher may or may not be active in the group.  However, students still sign up and you can see past and present work and comments.


Below is a list of the supplies that I enjoy using for my process.  I do not use all of the supplies listed below, but list what I use and like to use at various times when I am painting.  My process varies each time I create so I decided to list all of my favorite supplies.  You are ALWAYS encouraged to use what you have on hand


  • Substrate of your choice.  I am using a 24x30 linen canvas in the course, but I also really love to use Raymar Linen panels.  I have also used cradled wood panels.  Use what you are most comfortable with.


  • I love the Rosemary Brushes, here are some of my favorites, I didn’t focus enough on brushes in the video. I kind of just picked up whatever was around. I encourage you to use the brushes you have and what feels comfortable for you!
  • Rosemary Eclipse Extra Long Combers in 5/8, 1/2, 1/4 These are amazing for blending!
  • All of the bristle brushes are great for showing brush strokes and building form once you have your features in place.
  • Rosemary Series 2025 Chungking Long Flat #6, #8, #10
  • Rosemary Ultimate Bristle Pointed Round #6, #8
  • Rosemary Ultimate Bristle Long Flat #8, #6
  • Rosemary Series 308 Hog Bristle Long Flat #4, # 6, #8
  • Rosemary Series 344 Designer Golden Synthetic, #2, #4, #6, #8 I use these brushes for details
  • Grumbacher 1 ½ Goldenedge Wash Brush for applying gesso and Gel Medium.



  • Michael Harding non-absorbent acrylic primer
  • Utrecht or Michael Harding non-absorbent gesso
  • Liquin
  • Gamsol odorless mineral spirits or Mona Lisa odorless mineral spirits
  • Galkyd - enhances glossiness and transparency during glazing
  • Amsterdam gel medium or Utrecht gloss gel.  I prefer the Utrecht.


  • Cheesecloth: I purchase cheesecloth from Home Depot or Amazon. Cheesecloth options vary in terms of weave tightness, allowing you to choose the one that suits your preferences. I don’t use the tight weave because I like the irregular spaces in the loose weave.
  • Silk for collage: I buy the silk for the collage layers from Ebay. It is called Pure Silk Organza Fabric. It has a stiff feel to it and it is very transparent.
  • Saral transfer paper in white
  • Palette knives - any shape and size you prefer


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**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


  1. Regina Mausolf-Cataldo (verified owner)

    this lesson was a step into another new world for me. I had so much fun studying and implementing mara’s way of working. With success. I will continue to work with this technique and have fun. Thank you for the generosity of learning about your art.

  2. Amanda Sargent (verified owner)

    absolutely beautiful. I loved this lesson. I loved how she talked through her process and they recorded EVERYTHING. I appreciate her showing where she was struggling and how she handled it. There were several times I watched her paint and I yelled in my head, DONT TOUCH IT! But this woman knows exactly what she is doing and I am so thankful that I got to learn from this tutorial.

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