Let’s Face It 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Lets Face It 2017 http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

[EDIT This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Kendra Stone. Thank you to everyone who took part!]

Hey wonderful tribe, are you excited about a second year of the popular portrait course Let’s Face It run by Kara Bullock?? I know I am!!! First of all let me show you the awesome team of teachers who are involved this year:

Let's Face It 2017 Online Portrait Course http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

Such a diverse group of teachers who will cover the ins and outs of sketching, drawing and painting portraits over the course of a whole year! I’m especially excited about the new subject areas that will be included such as style development, colour theory, faces of different ages and with different expressions and skin tones.

Registration opens 10 October! Please bookmark this link: http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

Special Note If You Are A Beginner

YES this course is also for you!!! I have been amazed at the braveness and enthusiasm with which total beginners have dived into the course this year. The difference between the work created during the start of the course and now is totally astounding. No special talent needed! Only a willingness to learn, be open and be part of the experience. This has been life changing for a lot of people.

Here is some work that was created this year:


Encouragement & Abstracts

If you’ve been following me a while you’ll know how passionate I am about encouraging you all to get off your arse and make art! If you desperately want to be creative but feel intimidated, unsure or not good enough then I am especially talking to you in my lessons. I break things down into simple and doable steps, highlight areas where you might get tripped up and best of all: get you going so you can feel good about yourself and the art you create!

In 2017 I will once again be focussing on clearing your creative blocks (we all get them, me too!) and I’m also super excited that Kara has asked me to provide a special lesson on how I create my colourful abstract style landscape paintings! I’m going to be teaching you about colour mixing, how to achieve a super bright and POPPING colour scheme and how to make simple abstract paintings that you’ll definitely want to frame and hang up!

This doesn’t have anything to do with faces you might think….. you’re right! There are two reasons I will be teaching you these techniques: 1. These abstract landscapes can provide wonderful backgrounds for your faces and full figure paintings. 2. What I’m going to teach you about colour is going to transform the way you approach colour in your portrait paintings (portraits aren’t all different shades of ‘flesh colour’!)

In addition to my main lesson I will also be providing a bonus lesson and a special tip about my new favourite materials: catalyst blades & wedges.

Style of work I will share with you how to create:

Colourful Abstract Landscape by Iris Fritschi-Cussens iris-impressions.com

I can’t wait and I really hope you will join me and the team of teachers!


To enter the giveaway please do all of the following:

1. Click http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017
2. Ensure you are signed up to my mailing list
3. Leave a comment below letting me know what specific part of LFI2017 you are excited about

Giveaway closes on 30 September. Winner to be announced beginning of October. Winner will be contacted by email so please ensure your email is valid.

PS if you decide to sign up to the course come 10 October I’d be super grateful if you used my personal link. I will get a percentage of the course fee which is how I get paid for teaching my lessons on this course. Thank youu!! <3<3<3

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  1. Bonnie kitts says:

    Winning a spot for this class would be a dream, love every teacher, such a talented group !!!!!! Sharing ??

  2. I would love to learn how to draw and paint faces to be able to express my feelings and emotions through art šŸ™‚ thanks so much for this awesome giveaway šŸ™‚

  3. Kryste Herring says:

    I love this “If you desperately want to be creative but feel intimidated, unsure or not good enough then I am especially talking to you in my lessons.” There are so many things I want to learn from LFI2017! Young and old faces, values, backgrounds (I always mess mine up), hands (so difficult!). Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! Happy International Day of Peace!

  4. OMG would so much like to win a spot. I love drawing faces and would like to improve my skills. So many amazing teachers there.


  5. April Lopez says:

    I love all of it!!! I love that the lessons are expanded into more figures and deeper expressions. I love it!!!

  6. Hi Iris! This sounds like an amazing course! I would LOVE to win a spot. I love drawing and painting faces in my art journal. Also, it would make the BEST Birthday present that I can enjoy all year long! ((fingers crossed!!)) Thank you so much for the chance! (Iā€™m already on your list!)

  7. Just shared this on FB and would love the opportunity to be a part of Let’s Face it 2017. Thank!

  8. Melinda Osman says:

    I have loved Let’s Face It this year and can’t wait for another year of study with these amazing women!

  9. Lura Brown says:

    I have heard about how great this class and i sure would love to find out for myself. the thing i MOST need help in my art journey is FACES……so what better course than this! an amazing line up of artists, some i am familiar with and some i hope to learn from. thank you so much for the opportunity to win a spot. wishing, hoping, praying, and crossing everything! <3

  10. Lura Brown says:

    i wanted to let you know that i did share the info on facebook! <3

  11. Hi Iris! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a free spot. I want to win for so many reasons, but I LOVE the fact that you’re going to be teaching about using color. I really need to learn more about it because I think it will really help me as not just a portrait artist, but an artist in general. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

  12. Cynthia Horacek says:

    I have been loving Let’s Face it 2016 and look forward to learning more and more! I never thought I’d be painting faces, so I am excited to find out what else I can learn! I have loved your previous lessons and look forward to more from you and the other wonderful teachers in this course.

  13. Kathleen O'Brien says:

    I’m taking Let’s Face It 2016 and loved your lesson. I can only hope to win a spot for 2017!!!

  14. Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot! I can’t wait to draw faces all year, they are my zop most favourite topic!

  15. Iris I’d love to win a spot on LFI 2017 – I’m interested especially in style development and how to get different expressions, (I can do a couple lol) – plus I really love your abstracts and I’d love to see how they’re done!

  16. I would love learning from all the awesome teachers!

  17. I would LOVE to win a spot in the class, Iris! So looking forward to it šŸ™‚
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  18. Kendra Stone says:

    The course is going to be quite a creative adventure. What I am most excited to learn about, well pretty much everything about portraits, I’m a beginner. Expressions and hands are certainly a big interest. The approaches of the different instructors will inform my budding style. Glad to have been introduced to your art via this blog hop. Nice work! Looking forward to learning from you.

  19. Marie-Andree says:

    Hi Iris! I would like to express more emotions in my portraits. I would love very much to win a spot in LFI 2017. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!!

  20. Miriana de Caro says:

    love your style and winning a spot in the class would Make my 2017 year !

  21. Jackie Beeman says:

    Thank you Iris for giving away a free spot in next years let’s face it! I would be interested in doing backgrounds and full body drawings!

  22. Debbie Eilbeck says:

    I would love to win a spot in this class because it has such a variety of talented teachers and different styles and I would love to learn from them so I can improve and define my own style.

  23. I have seen such spectacular results from this years course I cant wait, one of my IG pals has such improvement on her art I would love to see the same with mine. Lot of money to me so winning a spot would be a real help. All the teachers on LFI17 look amazing too, would love to be a part of this learning curve. xx

  24. Roxanne Conklin says:

    Would love to win a spot for LFI 2017

  25. Wendy ten Hove says:

    So great you will be there in 2017! I love it this year, I was always scared of making art with faces and just stayed away from it, but all the different teachers, styles and techniques this year are helping me to get over that and actually starting to,love it! I would love to learn a bit more about the rest of the body and also emotions in the faces. Thanks already in advance for making us a lesson! Looking so much forward to the new weekly surprises with gorgeous creations and inspiration in my mailbox!
    Love, Wendy

  26. I really want to learn how to paint faces. I’ve an idea how to draw, but painting and doing hair and shoulders I’m lost. ?

  27. Rossana Russo says:

    Hi Iris!! I would love to win because i super love LFI 2016, the most fabulous course !! And with all these amazing teachers!!!! Yuppy!!!

  28. Lani McPherson says:

    I am so pumped you are teaching abstract landscapes in LFI 2017! I am also excited to join LFI 2017. Please pick me as I so badly want to win a spot!

  29. Elmira Sereda says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot, Iris. The thing I’m most excited about is to learn how to render different angles of the face and how to draw hands (sooo difficult, but so expressive).

  30. Eleni Sgouridou says:

    HI, Iris! Iā€™m relatively new to art so Iā€™m very eager to learn various techniques and styles. And faces excites me the most. I simply love them!!! But your abstract art class also sounds very interesting! Thank you so much for the chance to win a free spot! ???

  31. Shirley Gordon says:

    Looking forward to continuing to develop my own style and skill at painting faces. I most enjoy learning from such a diverse group of instructors since each has their own unique and inspirational approach. Thanks, Iris!

  32. Valerie Rollins says:

    I am looking forward to the whole course. I am new to drawing faces so I think it will be a great experience

  33. Hi Iris! I already was subscribed, as I like your art very much. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in LFI!! I hope to win, as I am so into faces now and want to learn much more about them. This course is just the right thing at the right time, and with all those yummie teachers it can’t go wrong. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  34. julie schofield says:

    I am really interested in learning about painting different skin tones and values. I am also excited to just be a part of this wonderful group of creative, supportive people again next year! I hope I win a spot.
    Julie Schofield

  35. I would love to win a spot on LFI 2017 to build on what I have learned this year so far in LFI from so many wonderfully talented artists.

  36. Teri Buczkowski says:

    I would love to win. I loved LFI 2016 and can’t wait for 2017. Already signed up for your newsletter.

  37. Hi Iris! I want to learn how to paint different expressions and face shapes. The photos of the class works are great and to think I could learn that too would be a dream come true

  38. I am so excited about Let’s Face It 2017! And would LOVE to win! Learning from so many talented artists in one place??? a DREAM! And learning to do abstracts would be great as I love painting faces and always get stuck on what kind of backgrounds I should do! Oh, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!! And thank you for the chance!

  39. I’d love to learn expressions and value. So much so, that if I don’t win a free spot, I’ll have to do the course anyway. Probably last year’s course, as well. Thanks for this opportunity.

  40. Vivian rad says:

    I look forward to LFI2017 and would love to win a spot.

  41. I would love the opportunity to learn from so many different teachers with different styles.. It would be awesome to be able to have all that knowledge at my fingertips!

  42. I really would love the experience of painting faces ..thanks for the opportunity..Loz

  43. Such a great line up of talented teachers AND the theme is right my alley!!! I would be thrilled to win a spot! Excited what you have to share of course, yet value is so important for a good piece of art!!!

  44. I just love being part of something so creative! Learned so much in LFI2016! Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot in this class. Peace, Ronda

  45. I saw someone take this for 2016 and her work was so beautiful and kept improving so much. I am excited to learn more difficult angles of the face as well as more about values and skin tones. What a great opportunity-thank you!

  46. There is so much to be excited about for LFI 2017, but I think that I am most looking forward to style development and color mixing.

  47. Iris I would love the chance to win a spot in LFI 2017. I appreciate all you share and all the encouragement you pass on to others who are learning. Thanks!

  48. I can’t just pick one part that I’m most excited about because I want to learn all of it. This year’s LFI has been wonderful and I’ve loved everything about it so far. I really have improved and want to continue learning with Kara and you and all the other guest teachers. Thanks so much for this opportunity to win a spot. Hugs from Spain, Fiona (Phiona on FB)

  49. I do love to learn about faces more. What I most love about this class is learning from this great group of teachers, the different styles they bring, and being in a group for a whole year. It’s great to work together for a whole year and know that we’re all learning step by step, week by week. IN the end that is what I like most.

  50. Nancy Bennett says:

    I’ll be especially interested in your bonus lesson on catalyst blades & wedges. I’ve been curious about those tools for a long time. And the color information is going to be great too!