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Are you frustrated with mixing paints for your portraits?  Are you interested in developing your style and working in a series?  If you said yes, to either, then this course is for you!  I started experimenting with a limited palette earlier this year, and using a more painterly style of painting! I found that the combination of palette, and large brush strokes, had such a beautiful effect and a limited number of supplies needed! I quickly fell in love with this method! If you would like to learn some very simple techniques to create a beautiful, vibrant series of work, then this is the course for you! I hope to see you in class!

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 A Portrait Course with Kara Bullock

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Are you frustrated with color mixing and understanding which colors to use in your portraits?

 I was, too!  That is why I started experimenting with a limited palette this year, and using a more painterly style of painting!  I found that the combination of palette, and large brush strokes, had such a beautiful effect and the limited number of supplies needed!  I quickly fell in love with this method!  If you would like to learn some very simple techniques to create a beautiful, vibrant series of work, with a limited paint palette, then this is the course for you!  I hope to see you in class!

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Mix colors using the Zorn Palette
  • Understand what colors are best to use in an underpainting
  • Layer paints to create depth
  • Explore composition - where to place your subject on your canvas
  • Use the grid method to gain a likeness to your reference photo
  • Discover how to scale your images with an app to work with the size of your canvas
  • Understand how to draw and paint a face, portrait, and the figure.
  • Explain the importance of working in a series
  • Create a series of work

More Than Projects

This course is taking a scaffolding approach.  Each lesson will build on the last, and what you have learned so that by the end of the course, you have a firm foundation to move forward in your own portrait work.


Color Mixing


Can you believe that to create a beautiful portrait, you really don't need more than these colors!?

The Zorn Palette has been a great introduction to color mixing for me!  What has amazed me most, is just how many colors you can get from just four colors!  The limited palette consists of red, yellow, white and black.  We will begin by creating our own color chart, by mixing these four colors in different ways.  You will follow my lead and end up with an amazing chart to refer to throughout the remainder of this course!



Okay, so you've got a great photograph to paint, but what do you do with it?

Should you paint the photo just as it is?  Can you take one photograph and create two different paintings from it?  What about four?  How can you make the photograph you are looking at that much more interesting for the viewer?  As artists, it is our job to experiment. 

For this lesson, we will practice taking images and tweaking them to create a NEW image to work from.  This is one of my favorite steps to creating my pieces!  I want my viewers to connect with my piece.  Which composition do I feel will connect most with my viewer?  I will walk you through my process, and then we will get three pictures ready to make the first two or three pieces of our series.

The Grid


How do I use the grid method so that I can paint my photograph on any size canvas, and the proportions will be correct?  I get this question all of the time!

In our third lesson, we will learn how to take a photo and grid it in a way that we can create the same image, proportionally, on any size canvas!  That is right!  Any size!  It doesn't matter what size canvas you are using, you can scale the photo to work with your photograph.  Sure you can do this all with a ruler and pencil, but I will show you how you can do it on your tablet or phone.  There are many apps you can use to help you with this!

The Underpainting

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The underpainting can make or break your portrait!

The underpainting is such an important piece to your portrait!  It is your guide!  It lays the foundation for your next layer of paint!  BUT, did you know that the color you use in your underpainting matters!?  YES!!  It matters what colors you use.  I will share with you what I have learned from my own experiences, as well as, what I have read!  I have come to a few conclusions of what colors work best for me, especially when I am using the Zorn palette!  We will also discuss colors you DO NOT WANT TO USE in your underpainting!  The last thing you want is a muddy mess! 


In our lessons, we will begin by painting the background a color, then using a posterized image to lay in our underpainting.  I typically use one color in my underpainting, but you can use more. 

Lessons 5 through 8 - Creating a Series

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When we create our art in a series, rather than a series of "onesies" we help our viewers to understand better what we are about!

In our final lessons, we will bring it all together and begin creating a series of work.  Why work in a series?  There are a myriad of reasons why, but according to,  "The knowledge and experience you gain from working within a well-defined set of parameters, while expressing yourself from a range of different perspectives within those parameters, allows you to nuance your compositions more subtly, purposefully and in greater depth and detail, and to communicate the results of your observations and explorations in more impactful, compelling and consequential ways. In other words, you're able to more convincingly get your point across and to more profoundly connect with your audience ("


Our final lessons will focus on....

  • working in a series. 
  • painting a face, up close and personal.
  • painting a portrait from the bust up.
  • painting the figure, including hands and the face.

These lessons will be full-length, real time videos.  We will focus on different angles of the face and varying poses.

Registration is Open!  Lifetime Access!


A Portrait Series Course with Kara Bullock

Course is Open - $89

Supply List

The best part about this class is that you probably have what you need!  The list below are the exact items I will be using!  I always recommend trying to use what you already have unless you really WANT or NEED to go out and buy some new supplies!

Supply List:

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pamela Vosseller (verified owner)

    Pixelated Portaits is a must, if you have been searching for your style. Taking this course helps you to focus on a series, which includes creating a color scheme that will speak to you as well as the opportunity to develop several paintings that feel cohesive. By participating in this course, I found my courage, my dramatic art story, and my contemporary style that I have been searching for.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna Lynd

    Loved! Loved this course. The limited palette opened new ideas for skin tones and the pixelation was a new way to build a painting. Kara was responsive to any questions and so supportive with her positive feedback.

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