Fantasy Characters in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to experiment with some new watercolor paints I purchased. I was not going for a finished painting here. Just grabbed a scrap piece of watercolor paper, which I noticed has the brand’s watermarks on it, and drew a few of my new characters to paint.

One of the blueish colors is called “Sleeping Beauty” and is the Daniel Smith brand. Another is Quinacderone Rose. I love its brightness.

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

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

 

 

Fae Rhapsody

 

Hello Friends!

This scene started out with my drawing new characters in the fae world out of my own imagination! It is so much fun to do! I did not intend for it to be a finished drawing. But creatures in the fae world are tricky with us humans sometimes! So I ended up listening to them tell me what they wanted happening.

I hope you take a few minutes to look closely at what all is going on here! Most likely you will have to zoom in and look around. They were a fun bunch to spend creating over the last few days.

However, notice that none of them have wings. But many creatures in the fae world are not fairies, and not all fairies have wings. (Besides, there wasn’t any room for wings!)

I plan to put some of these characters into other drawings and paintings soon. The hardest part for me is always putting characters in a setting to tell a story without words. I am very interested to hear what YOU see happening here. Please leave a comment! Thank you.

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

 

 

Young Girl in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this painting. It is an 11×14 acrylic on canvas. This was for this week’s portrait for #Let’sFaceIt2020.

Lucy Cooke was our instructor. She painted in the colors that Henri Matisse used a lot. Hers had more black and blue, but after looking at some of his work, I wanted to go a little bolder and brighter. I really enjoed the challenge of the angles. The photo we painted from was of a girl just sitting on the floor in a library I think. But the background was too busy, so I made up my own. This was a lot of fun!

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

 

Young Girl in Thought

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I sketched this girl in pencil whose photo was provided this week by our teacher, Lucy Cooke, in Let’sfaceit2020. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing clothes and tennis shoes, especially at this angle!

However, this is not the photo she chose to paint in acrylics for our class. That one is even harder! I began it yesterday and hope to finish today.

She painted in the style of Henri Matisse, who was a French artist in the early 1900s. I know very little about him except that he painted with very bright and bold colors! And he drew very simple faces. So I hope mine comes out okay!

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

 

Giant and Friends in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Over the last couple of evenings this giant came along and is looking rather mischeviously at the bird, butterfly, bee and fairy. He probably sees the little guy trying to hide behind the hill, too. But I think they are all safe. He’s probably just taking a walk to show off his cool necklace and earring.

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

 

Fairy Child Unaware

 

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Last night I decided to draw a little boy fairy in almost the same pose as my last post. He is caught unaware of the mischevious tree and teardrop fairy behind him, though. What are they going to do, I wonder! What do you think? Let me know in the comments. This could be fun!

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

 

Little Girl in Mixed Media

 

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I can hardly believe that this is Week #27 of Let’sfaceit2020 already! Our teacher this week was Maria Pace-Wynters again whom I love! She is a wonderful mixed media artist!

The picture she provided for us is of her daughter taken when she was seven. She is so cute! I did her hair a little differently and I didn’t use all the same colors Maria used. I wanted to brighten it up so I used my yellow acrylic ink. I used India ink for the outline and acrylic inks for the rest. And I added the washi tape in the corners for some contrast. I created this one on 9×12″ Bristol smooth surface paper. And I also noticed I drew her an extra finger on her right hand! Ha ha!

This project rekindled my love for mixed media. So who knows what I may do next!

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

 

Fantasy Characters in Pencil

 

Captain Hook

 

Rumplestiltskin

Hello Friends!

I can’t believe it is the 4th of July already! I hope if you are celebrating, you stay safe and healthy!

I have been watching the show “Once Upon a Time” through Netflix the last couple of months. And my two favorite characters are Captain Hook and Rumplestiltskin. One might think they are both villains, but only Rumplestiltskin is. Captain Hook has his moments, but I think he becomes a lovable and complex character in the show.

What I love about watching this is that I never know what to expect, and I never know what character from fairytales is going to show up. I also never know right away whether a character is going to be a hero or a villian! I love the surprising twists and turns in the storytelling!

We can’t do any streaming on Netflix where we are out in the boonies. So mailing and waiting for discs makes watching any series take quite a while! But that’s okay. I’m not in a hurry!

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

Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

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I can hardly believe I am half done with this year long portrait drawing and painting class! This week is number 26! Our instructor this week is Angela Kennedy again. She draws and paints such cute and whimsical portraits!

She painted in watercolors this time. Then she used a white watercolor for the white on the dress and stockings. I don’t have white watercolor, so I used white gouache on the layers of the dress, but I only have a little bit. So then I used white acrylics to paint the stripes on the stockings. This was a fun painting to do. I like Angela’s style.

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

 

Woman in Brush Pens

Hello Friends!

I went crazy with this portrait. The instructor in my Let’sfaceit#2020 class was Jennifer Bonneteau for Week #25. She is the same instructor that I did my Frida Kahlo portrait in acrylics with.

However, I haven’t watched her videos for this one yet. She gave us the photo in black and white and a picture of her finished painting in acrylics. But I decided to draw mine in pencil on Bristol paper and use my Arteza Brush Pens to go a little crazy with the colors! It was a lot of fun, but drawing this pose was really challenging! I do plan to do this again on canvas in acrylics at some point. I think I may have signed up for too many free classes right now! But as I have said before, I just work at my own pace anyway!

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

 

 

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