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Gothic Ballerinas-Mixed Media #2

 

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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 ofย  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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media #2

 

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Here is my second sea turtle in mixed media. The layer of paint on this one came out better. I mixed it with more Liquitex Glazing Medium this time which helped the Washi tape show through better.

I am not sure what I will be doing next. My shoulder feels more sensitive these days. I have to work in shorter blocks of time so it doesn’t give me too many problems.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media #1

 

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Yesterday I covered two more canvases with Washi tape and decided to paint a sea turtle on each one today. I will be posting the second one tomorrow.

Again, I accidentally painted over the whole canvas before I drew the sea turtle. So in this one I don’t have as much Washi tape showing through as much as I wanted it to be. But I am still learning how to do these silhouettes.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Butterfly in Acrylics

 

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I decided to brighten the yellow butterfly I posted before. I used the new brighter yellow I just bought to go over it. Then I decided to darken the background to help it stand out even more. And I made the dive-bombing dragonfly recede more onto some darker grass!

So what do you think?

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Llama in Mixed Media Finished!

 

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Yesterday I outlined my llma onto my Washi Tape-covered canvas and painted the background.

First, I mixed the Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light paint with white and some glazing medium and painted the acrylics over the background, but the color was too light. So I mixed the yellow with my new Golden’s Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) acrylic paint and glazing medium to get a bright green.

Next I used the Phthalo Green at full strength to go over most of it so the darker background would make the llama look more silhouetted. Lastly, I added some flowers.

I like the way it turned out. I plan to do a couple more but in a different way this time. I don’t want to cover the whole canvas with Washi Tape again; it took too long! And I may do other animals. I already have some ideas brewing for more silhouettes.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Yellow Butterfly in Acrylics

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to do a butterfly in acrylics instead of mixed media. I still may do one in mixed media, but what I have in mind is going to take more planning.

At the last minute I added a couple of dragonflies, but one looks like it’s dive bombing the butterfly! Ha ha!!

I hope everyone has had a great week. I have been doing more reading than art this week. And I got a new book today. It’sย  called “A Mother for His Twins” and was written by my friend Jill Weatherholt! This is her third book, and you can find it on Amazon. I haven’t started it yet, though.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Clover in Acrylics

 

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This is a tiny 3″x3″ canvas I spontaneously painted the other day. I added a few rub-on butterflies, but they may be hard to see.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Peonies in Mixed Media

 

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I finally did the last flower in my online class. Peonies have so many layers of petals that I kept getting lost in them! The butterflies are ones I glued on and painted over. As you know, my favorite complementary colors are purple and yellow!

So next I have a mixed media canvas ready to paint a big butterfly onto. But I probably won’t get to that for a day or two.

We are supposed to be getting our satellite dish moved Saturday morning, so hopefully we will have our wi-fi back by that afternoon! But in the meantime, we are able to get a little with our phones.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Black Irises, Big and Small

Big Black Iris

Small Black Iris

Hello Friends!

I have been painting black Irises today! The big one is an 8×10; the small one is a 4×4. I painted these in acrylics on black canvases.

I may be starting on a new series today. I don’t have a lot of experience painting butterflies, but I would like to try painting them in acrylics and watercolor. Or I may do them in mixed media. I guess I will wait and see where my muse takes me!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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