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“Elf Sniffing Flower” in Pencil

 

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Last night I drew this Asian elf girl sniffing a daisy. Then some bees and butterflies flew in to say hi to her and me. So they wanted me to draw them, too!

This was very enjoyable to draw. Hopefully, I will get to the elf paintings I want to do this week! And who knows? Perhaps a couple of fairies will show up, too!

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

 

 

Troll, Tree & Fairy Pencil Drawing

 

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This is a drawing I worked on this week. The fairy has landed on the troll’s head, because it thinks he doesn’t ever eat fairies. But I don’t think it knows that eating fairies is how his stomach got so full! Hopefully, the fairy’s tree friend will warn her first!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. We had a wonderful cool and rainy day yesterday. But today is sunny and going to get hot. I prefer the cool and rain.

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

 

Fantasy Characters in Pencil

 

 

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The other day before I painted the nude woman for my class, I drew these guys!

The one on the left is a Spriggan and the other is called a Boogie. I didn’t put them in a scene since I was just drawing them as character studies.

I used my book by Linda Ravenscroft called “The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible.” 

I really love this book! There are so many different types of fairies and other characters to draw. And she also shows her color palettes for painting each one! She is a really great artist. I am enjoying going through this book.

I recently ordered a book about mermaids. It is not a “how-to draw” book, though. It is more about the different types and their history. So I do plan on drawing some soon!

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

 

Nude Woman in Watercolor

 

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This is the portrait for Week #23 with Toni Burt in my Let’sFaceIt2020 class. She paints very loosely in watercolor which I like.

The picture she provided is of a very thin model, and Toni didn’t worry about focusing on her facial features much as it is a lesson for full body portraiture. It took me a couple of tries to draw, but it was fun.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We are still okay here.

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

 

Portrait of a Girl in Charcoal

 

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Last night I decided to do the lesson for Week #22 of Let’sFaceIt2020.

I did not take the time to watch the instructional videos of the instructor, Juna Biagioni, though. I have other projects I am working on right now. Also, I think I dislike charcoal more every time I draw with it! But that’s okay. I still wanted to give it a go. I am not an artist who feels I must perfect every medium I try, that’s for sure. Ha ha! But experimenting is fun!

Later today I am going to start on the lesson for Week #23, and when I finish it, I will be all caught up again! It is a full body portrait in watercolor, so I am sure it will be challenging! And, as you may know, I LOVE watercolors!

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

 

Mermaids Swimming with a Whale

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This past weekend I participated in a group weekend challenge called “Katrina Koltes and Friends Magick and Art.” Katrina is the one who led the watercolor workshop called “Between the Realms” where we did the fairy paintings. I still have a few lessons left in it, but am taking my time. Most of the members are done with their fairy journals, though.

This painting was a lot of fun to do. I painted it on 300 lb. watercolor paper with watercolor paints.

I think my next project will be doing more elves. But they will be more ethereal and coming from a portal of light. Stay tuned!

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

 

 

Frontal Portrait in Watercolor

 

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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! 😀

 

 

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! 😀

 

 

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! 😀

 

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! 😀

 

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