Giraffe Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Over the weekend I took down almost all of my art that I did this year, so I have the two blank walls available to fill again as I do my new classes for 2021. I also went through old artwork and found this giraffe that I had penciled onto a piece of watercolor paper well over a year ago and forgot all about! So I decided to paint it yesterday.

I have been busy the last couple of months going through our books and have donated a few bags to the library as well as taken about five full bags to a used books bookstore in town to trade them in for credit. There were a lot of my husband’s fantasy novels and our son’s novels he couldn’t keep since he is moving in a couple of days. Anyway, so now I have about $400 in credit that will take a very long time to use! I don’t know if I ever will use it all! I don’t go there very often. But I am just glad to be getting the house cleaned out little by little!

A few weeks ago I sold a neighbor two American Girl dolls and a bunch of clothes for them. And now she is interested in buying a doll clothes closet that my daughter wants to sell, too. All of it is in perfect condition, and she definitely has gotten a bargain!

I hope everyone is doing well! I may have another post or two this week, but just in case I don’t, happy holidays to you all!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

Let’s Face It 2020 is Finished!

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Here are all of the portraits I did this year for my course Let’sfaceit2020! They are all hanging in my studio at the moment. And they are randomly hung. The last one is of our kids many years ago at Lassen Park near our home. I may do it over and make them bigger since their faces were so small and difficult to paint. It is a composite of four photos we took, and I painted them altogether on an 8×10″ canvas!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Christmas Mash-Up!

 

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This was a fun painting to do! I combined, or did a “mash-up”, if you will, of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Hopefully, you have heard of the second story which was written and illustrated by Tim Burton.

An art group I am in on Facebook is throwing out ideas for mash-ips of characters from various things all the time. The challenge was to mash up whatever we wanted with the characters from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. And since Charlie Brown is my favorite Christmas show, that’s what I wanted to do.

This is acrylics and pen on cardboard. I used a thick piece of cardboard that I saved from a pad of watercolor paper I used up. I save them if they are thick and use them for other things!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait of Two Women in Charcoal

 

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Yesterday I drew this portrait for Let’sFaceIt2020. It is for Week 48 which was last week. I couldn’t do it then, because I strained my back. So I took a whole week off from doing art. I drew in my sketchbook a little, but mostly took care of myself.

Our instructor for this class was Robert Kelley who draws primarily in charcoal. It’s pretty amazing to watch him. This drawing is also large! I drew it on a piece of Strathmore drawing paper that is 18×24″! It was quite a challenge. I am not used to working in charcoal on such a large piece. I kept smudging stuff, but it was fine, because I would just rub stuff in for shadows in spots.

This week is our last week for the year, and it is a big project. I am not sure when I will get to start on it, because it is supposed to be a collage, and we are supposed to use our own photos. Our instructor, Kara Bullock, did it in acrylics on canvas! So I am still deciding on what photos I want to use. They are supposed to “tell a story.” It should be interesting!

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. It is great that there is at least a vaccine for the virus now! I think it’s pretty awesome that the first person to get it is a 90 year old woman!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Portrait in Charcoal on Cardboard

 

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On Sunday I decided to do this portrait in charcoal on cardboard. Kara Bullock has a free tutorial on her website which I saw a long time ago but just kept forgetting to do. So I sat down to do it which was great fun! It is challenging to use this medium on cardboard, but I like the way it turned out!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Scooby-Doo in Pencil

 

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Friday night we killed an hour watching an old fun favorite cartoon, “”Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”

So I decided to draw ole Scoob! So fun.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Published Again!

 

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Today I received a nice surprise in the mail! I wrote this article called “Turtle Troubles” a couple of years ago for a children’s magazine writing class. And now it has been published! The first article I wrote for the same class was called “Dragons Down Under” about Leafy Sea Dragons which was published in 2019 for this same magazine. I was also able to provide an ink drawing of one to be included in the article.

After that was published, I told the editor I had written a second article about some of the dangers that sea turtles face every day. So she asked me to send it, and also accepted my drawing of a diving sea turtle which is included in the article as well.

I had forgotten about this since she had approved it to be published in the Spring issue this year. But then the pandemic hit, so everything was delayed. I haven’t heard from the editor since February, so I had no idea they were up and running again. That’s what made receiving it in the mail today so fun!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

“Ponyboy and Johnny” in Acrylics

Hello Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving! Yesterday I just had to paint the sunrise scene with Ponyboy and Jonny after I finished reading “The Outsiders” for the first time. I really enjoyed the love and intense friendship these two boys shared! What a gift!

This painting is for this 47th week of Let’sFaceIt2020! (Pardon the glare in the picture.) There’s only three weeks left now. But after a two week break, it starts all over again in January, 2021.

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving if you celebrate it today. And if not, it’s still a great day to be alive!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this portrait for Week 46 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Yvonne Morell. I used tissue paper for our shirts. Then I used a stencil in several different positions to sponge on the hanging plant that was behind us. Thick patterned paper is what I used for the chairs. And I just painted the corner of the table and added little stickers on it. All of the paint is acrylics. In the background I dipped a small porous sponge in Burnt Sienna paint to make the pattern on the wall.

The picture I used is one my mom took on my 21st birthday. My dad was famous for photo bombing whenever she tried to take pictures of me or my brothers. It used to make her so mad, ha ha! But I am so glad he did it that day. It is my favorite picture of him. (And he definitely turned out better than I did!) I had the hardest time with my own face! Maybe I’m not so vain after all, ha ha!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Ink

 

Hello Friends!

It has been quite a while since I posted! I hope you are all doing well.

I painted this last week for Week 45 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Christine Romero. We began our unit for drawing two figures.

I just finished the portrait for Week 46 today which I will post tomorrow. Then it is on to Week 47! The class is almost over already!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

 

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