Ballerina in Soft Pastels

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I drew this ballerina with my soft pastels the other night. I used a gray pastel paper just to see how these colors would show up. I didn’t draw her right leg correctly, but for some reason I just couldn’t manage to shape it right! I also couldn’t get her arms to show up as much as I wanted to.

I felt frustrated with how chalky these soft pastels are! I am not sure I like them much. Oil pastels are easier to draw with for me, but I will practice some more with the soft ones. I may try using them with charcoal. I don’t feel a great need to “master” the medium of pastels, but these were given to me from a friend, so I had to try them out. (She doesn’t care for pastels at all, so I know she will understand!) 😉

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Abstract Triangles in Oil Pastels

 

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Here is an abstract I drew with oil pastels the other night. The book I mentioned in an earlier post talks about different shapes you can use in compositions, the triangle being one, along with L-shaped, diagonal, etc. Debora Stewart does say to never do diagonals from corner to corner, though, which is exactly what I did with washi tape in one of my recent goth ballerina mixed media pieces. But I still like mine and I think the positions I have the ballerinas in balances out the “division” of the canvas. But I do understand what she is saying.

I also know I went a little crazy with these triangles, and it is a “busy” piece. But I was “in the zone” and was mostly doing a color study. The pastel paper I used was light blue, so the colors came out either darker or too light, in the case of the yellows. Then lastly, I drew in the squiggles.

I hope everyone has had a great week and will enjoy your weekend!

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Portrait of a Girl in Mixed Media

 

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Here is a color photocopy of my watercolor and charcoal portrait of a girl! I glued her onto an 8×10 piece of illustration board with Liquitex Matte Medium. Then I laid down a couple of pieces of washi tape to frame her. And lastly, I added some matching stickers! This didn’t take long at all and was very simple. I like how I darkened her even more on the copy.

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Portrait of a Girl

 

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I am so excited that I completed this in about a half hour! I watched Ivy Newport do a portrait class called “Into the Blue” where she talks about Pablo Picasso’s “blue” period. I have to say that I had to trace the outline, though, because I couldn’t get her proportions right otherwise. Believe me…I tried!

I used a couple of watercolor pencils and some charcoal with water for this. I also did most of the painting with my nondominant hand! Anyway, I thought she was a beautiful Chinese girl when I printed this out a few years ago. I added most of her hat myself.

I have not begun any abstract painting yet…still reading the book. But I have some things in mind.

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Abstract Adventures!

 

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Yesterday I received this book I ordered in the mail! I have done very little abstract art, but over the next few weeks I am going to be doing a lot with my nondominant hand. So I am just going to play! It is a myth, though, to think abstract art can be done by “anyone.”

In this book, “Abstact Art Painting – Expressions in Mixed Media” by Debora Stewart, she has a quote at the begining of chapter one:  “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. — Wassily Kandinsky.

Well, I am not much of a “poet” these days, and I am still learning about composition, but it will be fun to explore drawing and painting abstracts!

My shoulder surgery is now scheduled for Monday, November 4th! I am glad they were able to get me in so quickly. Hopefully, the worst pain will be gone by Thanksgiving. (But I won’t have to do any cooking this year!) 😉 My arm will be in a sling for more than a month. And I am not sure how long it will be until I begin physical therapy. So I don’t think I will be able to post much in the last couple of months of this year. I may only be doing art for the next few weeks anyway.

So I will say now…Happy Holidays My Friends!

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Ballerinas in Oil Pastels

 

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Today I finished this oil pastel drawing of Degas’s “Dancers in Pink and Green.” My rendition is much brighter than his original. But I really love how vivid these oil pastels are! I used lots of colors! But I especially love the green and pink!

I hope everyone has a great week!

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“Dancer with a fan” by Degas

 

 

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This is another of my renditions of a Degas dancer. I did something that he did in his sketches a lot. I left the first markings I drew where I had placed her left arm. Then I corrected it somewhat. This is just a sketch in my art journal.

I am enjoying studying Degas’s work and reading about his life and work.

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Ballerinas in Oil Pastels

 

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The other day I decided to start playing with my oil pastels some more. This is my rendition of Degas’s “Blue dancers.” I didn’t get enough of their skin tones in, though. also I did a blue background, whereas his background has more oranges and greens and a few faint images of ballerinas dressed in orange.

I am finding this medium to be challenging which I enjoy. I have done a couple more renditions of his ballerinas that will be in upcoming posts.

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Pen & Oil Pastel Ballerina #2

 

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This is my rendition of Degas’s “Dancer with Bouquets.” Again, I did my intial drawing in pen, but filled in the color with my oil pastels. And I did not copy his background or try to match the colors just right. I decided to just draw and have fun!

Soon I think I will be trying to draw some portraits of people from my imagination using charcoal, white gesso and maybe black gesso. I am not sure yet, but I feel like playing with some new ideas and combining different mediums.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

Pen and Oil Pastel Ballerina

 

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Well, it has been awhile since I posted. We are in northern California and have been part of the power outage for about the last 30 hours. And now the temperature has dropped more. The good news is we have a new generator hooked up to our well and our water heater is gas, so we not only have running water, but we have HOT water, too! So that has been a huge plus!

Anyway, I did this drawing of Degas’s “Torso of a Dancer” with my ink pen and oil pastels which I am just learning to use. It was relaxing, though, and didn’t take too long. My shoulder is doing better since I have had the rubberbands to exercise with again. Plus, I am staying off of my laptop and other devices as much as possible. I am getting lots of reading done, and at night with the help of a head lamp. Ha, ha!! 😉

I hope everyone’s week is going well!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

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