Frontal Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

This is a portrait that the instructor painted in oils. It was for Week 21 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I am not sure why it wasn’t a 3/4 turn portrait since that is the section we are on. I suppose it could be because she did it in oils instead of acrylics.

I don’t have oil paints, and I have never tried using them. Since I have been painting in watercolors for the last few weeks, I decided to stick with those, because it is my favorite medium!

The photo she gave us of this African American woman was challenging to work from. She had blonde highlights and her skin tone had hues of yellow and orange in it. I may try to do this one again on better paper at some point. In fact I will probably do a lot of these lessons over for the practice.

The paper I used is from a pad of Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed, 140 lb. paper. I thought I would try it figuring since I love this brand of paints I might like this paper. Well, it is a little thicker than other brands of 140 lb. paper that I have, but I don’t care for it much. It is not good for layering which I have been learning more about in Katrina Koltes’s classes. It also can’t take as much water or dabbing as my 300 lb. paper from Fabriano can.

Now I only have this week’s portrait to do to be caught up again in this class. But I have the new workshops of Katrina’s that I haven’t done yet either. And she’s such a great teacher; I am enjoying learning from her!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Portrait of a Woman in Watercolor

 

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Last night I decided to start catching up on my portraits for Let’sFaceIt2020. This one was done by the instructor with gouache paints, but I have found that I don’t really like gouache. So I decided to do it in watercolors. In our class, we are doing 3/4 portraits

I liked her pink hair, too, because it reminded me of when my daughter had pink hair in her late childhood and teen years.

Our weather here in Northern California is beginning to get hot. I am thankful that we had such a long springtime, though. But now we will get very little rain until probably October.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

House Elves in Watercolor

 

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For the last few days I have been working on these two pages in my fairy journal. I put gold and silver paint on the collar of the girl’s cape, but in the picture it looks a little bit coppery in color.

This was a lot of fun. I also loved painting all the bugs and the little fairy at the top showing off her skirt. I love this workshop, because I am learning more about technique and not feeling like I have to draw and paint the exact thing as the instructor is doing. I have a few more paintings to do of fairies and elves from this workshop. And I want to take my time.

I am really enjoying this project even more than the portraiture class. I tend to get bored when I don’t have enough variety in what I am doing. So when I begin feeling this way, I have to change gears for awhile.

I am glad I know this about myself and can accept it. I spent too many years of my life getting down on myself for feeling bored and not finishing things that didn’t hold my interest over long periods of time. I figured it would happen with the portraiture class at about the halfway point. But that’s okay. As long as I get all the videos downloaded on my laptop, I can take as long as I need to complete it. That is the main thing that attracts me to this type of online class. I never let myself feel rushed or like I have to keep up with everyone else. It is very freeing!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Dryad Pencil Drawing

 

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Last night I decided to get the feel of drawing a Dryad which in the fairy world is a tree spirit.

I plan on drawing her again very lightly on watercolor paper so I can paint her. I don’t think she is going to be in my current fairy journal, but who knows? She may show up in a future one!

I hope everyone is well and has had a nice week.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Flower Fairy in my Fairy Journal

 

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Today I finished my flower fairy. He even gave me this poem and said I could sign my name to it. (I think that was supposed to be a secret! Shhh…) But he hasn’t told me his name yet! I think he is a little fickle!

Here is the poem in case you can’t read it in the picture.

Mischief maker,
I am he.
Not a faker,
No, not me!

I am tricky,
So be on guard.
My hands are sticky,
So watch your yard!

By, Patsy Parker

All of my fairies seem to be mischevious!

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Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy Journal Forest Watercolor

 

 

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This week I worked on these two pages in my fairy journal. Our lesson was to draw forest fairies. So I had a lot of fun with these.

The first one I wanted to draw was the one on the rope swing. Our daughter had one for years in a tree in our front yard. And one day when she was swinging, I took a picture of her up in the air like this. She always looked so happy while she was playing on that swing! When I was showing her all the fairies in this painting, I realized that the other one highest in the tree, whose body you can only see the lower half of, reminded me of our son when he used to climb trees.

It was fun taking time to think of different fairies to draw and to make the forest itself come to life. There really are no limits to the amazing gift of the imagination! Next I will be drawing and painting flowers and a portrait of a flower fairy from my imagination.

I am still taking a break from my portrait class, though. I am just really hooked on Katrina Koltes’s classes. I signed up for two more of hers which are both very short watercolor classes. I think I am just having so much fun learning from her that I want to eventually take everything she offers!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy and Flowers Watercolor

 

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For the last few evenings I drew and painted this fairy on 140 lb. Winsor & Newton brand watercolor paper. I like it much better than any other paper of the same weight that I’ve tried.

In a new book I have called “The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible” by Linda Ravenscroft, she calls this fairy a Butterfly Fairy, because her wings resemble a peacock butterfly. The only thing I painted the same colors were the wings, but my pattern turned out differently. Also, I made my fairy’s skin pink and her clothes yellow.Β  I made the daisy she is sitting on a lavender instead of white, too. I also didn’t paint the scenery around her the same as the author’s example.

This book was created to teach others how to draw fairies, their clothes, and environments. It is filled with small templates of the different poses for them. She also shares what colors she used to paint hers. What is fun, though, is that there are several other fantasy creatures in the book. A few are: Spriggan, Dryad, Gnome, Sylph, Goblin, and several other types of fairies.

So I am planning on having lots of fun drawing and painting fantasy creatures as well as doing portraits for my class this year. It is something I was doing many years ago and wish I had stuck with.

This week I tried drawing my portrait assignment in charcoal and ink as instructed, but it came out looking all wrong. So at some point I may try it again. I am finding I don’t like charcoal and ink much. In fact, I am considering painting the rest of the portraits in watercolor. I forgot just how much I love this medium more than all the others I have done! And I think I may be getting to the point of wanting to stick to just one painting medium now to hopefully become much better at it.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Fairy Journal Pages in Watercolor

And a close-up of this mischevious fairy

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this 2-page spread in my fairy journal. I had a few new Daniel Smith Watercolor colors to try out. It was relaxing and fun. I wanted it to look kid-friendly since maybe someday we will have grandkids I can read to and do art with. I really miss those days of home-schooling our kids when they were grade school aged.

I have so much of my art saved from all these years of doing it, that I think I may just make my own art journals instead of doing big pieces on canvas from now on. But I do have quite a few blank canvases to use up for the course of Let’sfaceit2020 over the rest of this year. I just don’t want to invest in anymore. I can still paint with acrylics in journals and on smaller thicker paper, so my paint won’t go to waste either.

I am going to start on this week’s portrait today which is going to be in pencil, charcoal, and India ink. It should be interesting!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of a Girl with her Spirit Animal

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Yesterday, I drew and painted this portrait for my class, Let’s Face It 2020. Our instructor wasΒ Melanie Rivers, a lovely Native American artist in Canada.

Melanie works primarily in acrylics, using Golden’s Open Acrylics, which I have never tried. She says they dry slower than regular acrylics. She primarily paints portraits of women which is what she loves to do most.

In this week’s lesson she painted her portrait onto a deer skin drum which her husband made! I didn’t have one, so I used my daughter’s octagon-shaped dinner plate to trace around and cut out. The sides aren’t even, but that’s okay. I added the Spirit Animal of the Sea Turtle since I haven’t painted one in a while and I chose different colors for it which I think go nicely with her coloring.

As you may notice, I also decided to paint it in watercolors instead of acrylics since I was using 300 lb. watercolor paper and had to cut out the shape.

I have downloaded my video lessons for my next fairy painting class, Between the Realms with Katrina Koltes.Β However, I am just going to do the reading for the fairy session today. IΒ need to take a break from doing art and exercise! I have been sitting too much this week!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Fairy Journal in Progress

 

Hello Friends!

The other day I got out some wrapping paper, and a few pieces of stationary paper from a stash I have been collectiing for doing mixed media.. Then I made my own envelope to put my letter to the fairies in.

This is a fun project. The second part comes out this Friday. And I still need to paint my portrait for this week for Let’sfaceit2020. But I like staying busy. I have been slowly getting back into exercising again which feels good, too.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am thankful that I am not working outside the home anymore. But if I didn’t have hobbies, I would go stir crazy! Hang in there everyone.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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