Gothic Ballerinas-Mixed Media #2

 

Hello Friends!

It took me a couple of nights to figure out how to draw these ballerinas from one of the dances in Swan Lake. I watched the dance from a production of the ballet on Youtube. When I saw them posed in this way, I paused it and did a rough sketch of them. Then I worked out how to draw them the size I wanted for the 12″x12″ canvas.

After I finished the drawing, I turned it over and used charcoal to color over the outlines of the dancers. Then I put that side down on the white canvas and drew over the drawing with pencil so it would transfer the charcoal to the canvas. And once I outlined it darker on the canvas, I did the painting in acrylics mixed with gloss mefium so it would be somewhat transparent to let the washi tape show through. I had already prepared the canvas with it before.

I was going to paint it with the same colors as my first one, but I ended up painting over most of the teal blue background with purple, streaking it to look like curtains, but leaving the yellow for stage lighting. And after I painted the ballerinas white, I decided to leave the washi tape on the canvas unpainted for their dresses.

I wanted to use the quinacridone magenta again, too, which made a bright stage. Then below that I painted the purple mixture over the magenta and put gray spots down for the “heads” in the audience.

I really had a lot of fun with this one!!

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

 

 

Degas Practice in Charcoal #3

 

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Yesterday I received a small paperback book I ordered called “Degas Drawings of Dancers-47Β  Plates” that was published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1999. The book is 44 pages, because three pages have two small plates on each one.

There is a one-page Publisher’s Note about Degas written by Kathy Casey at the beginning. Then each page is one sketch (or two) of his ballerinas.

This ballerina that I copied is on the cover as well as page four. It is called “Young Dancer in Fifth Position.” It originally measured 17.5 x 12 in. and was drawn (ca. 1878-80.)

In case you aren’t familiar with 5th Position in ballet, here is a definition:Β  Fifth Position in ballet is a position of the legs and feet where one foot is placed in front of the other, with the toes of the front foot aligned with the heel of the back foot.

I took ballet in my 30’s, but not long enough to be able to stand like that! It is amazing to me that anyone can! I enjoyed it very much, but it became expensive at the time, and the teacher I had was not teaching any other adults then, so I was in a class with teens and a couple of middle-school girls! But they were all sweet and encouraging. The teacher was strict, though! Anyway, those are fond memories for me. I think this is another reason I enjoy drawing ballerinas so much!

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

 

Degas Copy in Charcoal

 

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A couple of days ago I tried to “eyeball” another copy of a Degas ballerina painting. I didn’t worry too much about shading in all of the background, though.

My proportions are better, but getting their faces accurate didn’t work out so well. But that’s okay! I am definitely just practicing!!! And I don’t believe “practice makes perfect!” Nothing and no one’s art or anything else is perfect. So I like to say PRACTICE MAKES YOU BETTER at whatever you attempt to do! When I began to really think and believe this, everything, including my art, has gotten better!!

Yesterday the weather turned hot again, but hopefully it won’t last long. This has been such a nice summer, and I hope fall will last awhile before winter sets in. I hope everyone is having a nice week.

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

 

Ballerina Toe Shoes

 

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On Sunday I found this drawing I drew several years ago with Prismacolor watercolor pencils. I don’t know why I didn’t finish it then, but since most of it was already done, I decided to just fill in the color and add a floor background. It was easy and quick. I don’t have to bare down with these pencils. When I paint water over the color, I can always pencil into it while it’s wet if I want it darker.

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Ballerina Poses in Charcoal

 

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The other day I practiced drawing ballerinas with quick gesture drawings in charcoal. Working with charcoal pencils is much easier on my arm and shoulder. It didn’t take a long time, because I didn’t worry about trying to correct mistakes. NOT erasingΒ  mistakes has always been difficult for me when sketching, but I am purposing to get back into practicing this a lot more.

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Degas Practice in Charcoal

 

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Yesterday I decided to get back into practicing drawing copies of Degas’s ballerinas without tracing them. I did this one by just eyeballing it, but I am going to try it again using a different method to get the proportions more accurate, also without tracing.

I worked on gesture sketches of ballerinas in different poses in charcoal yesterday, too. I will share those tomorrow.

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Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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I decided to try something a little different with this mixed media piece. I covered the 5×7 canvas with some bright yellow paint before I covered it with some washi tape that has a pretty leaf pattern. Since I wanted to use watercolor on it, I had to paint a light coat of Liquitex Absorbent Ground over the whole canvas.

Then I decided to draw the sea turtle in pencil. However, instead of leaving the washi tape pattern for its body, I decided to use some tissue paper in bright yellow, a little bit of green, and light aqua to fill in its shell and head. To glue it down I used my Liquitex Matte Medium, then went over the canvas with it to help it stay glued on.

I was going for a mosaic look, but I am still trying to figure out how to do that!

Then I used my Winsor & Newton watercolor pens to outline the turtle’s features, fill in a few spots on its face and legs, and add the blues in the background for the water.

This was pretty easy on me physically. So that was a plus. Also, I did it in stages over a few days time. I like the way it turned out, and it was fun.

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

 

 

Gothic Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

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A few days ago I covered this 12″x16″ canvas with a few different patterns of washi tape in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.

After thinking about it for a couple of days, I decided I wanted to paint a couple of goth ballerinas since I haven’t created any in a long time. Also, I have never done any in mixed media.

First I penciled my ballerinas onto the canvas where I wanted them.

Second, I painted the left side with Golden’s Quinacridone Magenta acrylics. And I painted the right side with Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light acrylics.

I left the diagonal line ofΒ  bird washi tape in the middle unpainted to divide the canvas and give it some character. Then I decided to combine these two paint colors which made an interesting burnt orange. So for fun I painted the bottom triangle area with this color.

Lastly, I decided to paint the head pieces and dresses with my Golden’s Teal acrylics. I really like the way the washi tape shows through the paints. And the best part is…I used my left hand to paint the big areas, but I did have to use my right hand to paint the details. So my arm and shoulder are not hurting now!

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

 

 

Frilled Lizard in Brush Pens

 

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Here is another drawing I did with my Arteza Brush Pens. It is a frilled lizard from Australia. I love its bright colors.

Today I will be taking a break from art to exercise. But for now I am sitting outside listening to all of the birds in the trees. It is a nice breezy morning here in northern California. I hope fall is around the corner!

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

 

 

Scarlet Ibis in Brush Pen

 

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Last night I decided to have a go with my Arteza Brush Pens again. I love the vibrancy of the colors, however, even though they are very easy on my arm, I am still trying to learn how to maneuver them! The bristles are very soft, softer than any of my paint brushes! So they still feel strange to me.

I have a lot of stuff to do today like dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher) and laundry. I also need to work out; using the rubberbands for my arm exercises seems to be helping some. And I am not doing a lot of art, so my pain is minimal which I am thankful for! My MRI is scheduled for October 1st and my follow-up appointment with the doctor is on the 3rd. So I don’t have too long of a wait.

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

 

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