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Fairy Journal Pages in Watercolor

And a close-up of this mischevious fairy

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this 2-page spread in my fairy journal. I had a few new Daniel Smith Watercolor colors to try out. It was relaxing and fun. I wanted it to look kid-friendly since maybe someday we will have grandkids I can read to and do art with. I really miss those days of home-schooling our kids when they were grade school aged.

I have so much of my art saved from all these years of doing it, that I think I may just make my own art journals instead of doing big pieces on canvas from now on. But I do have quite a few blank canvases to use up for the course of Let’sfaceit2020 over the rest of this year. I just don’t want to invest in anymore. I can still paint with acrylics in journals and on smaller thicker paper, so my paint won’t go to waste either.

I am going to start on this week’s portrait today which is going to be in pencil, charcoal, and India ink. It should be interesting!

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

 

Portrait of a Girl with her Spirit Animal

 

Hello Friends! 

Yesterday, I drew and painted this portrait for my class, Let’s Face It 2020. Our instructor was Melanie Rivers, a lovely Native American artist in Canada.

Melanie works primarily in acrylics, using Golden’s Open Acrylics, which I have never tried. She says they dry slower than regular acrylics. She primarily paints portraits of women which is what she loves to do most.

In this week’s lesson she painted her portrait onto a deer skin drum which her husband made! I didn’t have one, so I used my daughter’s octagon-shaped dinner plate to trace around and cut out. The sides aren’t even, but that’s okay. I added the Spirit Animal of the Sea Turtle since I haven’t painted one in a while and I chose different colors for it which I think go nicely with her coloring.

As you may notice, I also decided to paint it in watercolors instead of acrylics since I was using 300 lb. watercolor paper and had to cut out the shape.

I have downloaded my video lessons for my next fairy painting class, Between the Realms with Katrina Koltes. However, I am just going to do the reading for the fairy session today. I need to take a break from doing art and exercise! I have been sitting too much this week!

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

 

 

Portrait of a Girl in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last week we had two mini lessons in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait group. There were two different teachers. One did a mixed media piece which I didn’t do. Lisa Filion did this piece on her iPhone with the app she teaches with. And, of course hers was in color, but I wanted to draw mine in pencil to keep in the practice of using graphite!

I drew the initial shapes with hard, light pencils. Then I used softer, darker pencils for the shading so I wouldn’t make my arm ache. That way, the pencils do more of the work, so to speak! I worked on it for several hours today, just getting lost in the drawing, which I absolutely love doing!

I am not doing this week’s acrylic portrait for now. The artist who did our watercolor portraits, Katrina Koltes, is starting to teach a different workshop called “Between the Realms” tomorrow which is all about fairies! We will be painting mostly in watercolors and using watercolor pencils to paint fairies in nature. We are even going to make magic wands with crystals, stones, and sticks! I can hardly wait to start!

This is part of what she said about the projects we will be doing. “There are 25+ videos in my workshop, including painting and craft sessions, guided meditations, spiritual projects, stories, and documentaries.”

It sounds so fun and interesting! I have always wanted to learn about the history of fairies (they are real, ya know!) 😉

I will have to go to town tomorrow to download all of the videos as I’m pretty sure we get them all at once so we can work at our own pace. It’s going to be so fun! Katrina is such a sweet lady.

Well, I hope everyone out there is staying safe and healthy!

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

 

Earth Mother in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to do a project I have had for awhile now. It is from one of Melanie Rivers’s videos. Her website is at https://www.melanierivers.ca/

I did my own background, but used her facial pose. This took me longer than I thought it would, because I kept getting the angle of her features wrong, but I think she looks good now.

I also gave her a pendant with the rune called Uruz, also known as Ur, which means “brute strength.” Keywords that go with it are: strength, health, power, energy, endurance, and creative force.

I thought it was fitting for our times, because these are qualities many of us need right now. So I thought I would encourage you with some positive vibes for today.

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

 

 

Flower-Eyed Fairy Finished!

 

Hello Friends! 

Today I decided to finish my fairy watercolor painting. It was relaxing and fun.

Then it turned into a mixed media piece when I decided to add some gold acrylic accents and silver star stickers. I really enjoyed painting this one!

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

 

“Snapshot” in Acrylics Finished

 

Hello Friends!

This morning I finally finished this painting! The instructor was Amy Beeman again.  I began to struggle with the shirt last night, because I was having a hard time getting the color of it the way I wanted it. In the photo she is wearing a beige blouse, but since I painted her camera case a purplish shade, I wanted to use a complementary color for her shirt.  The camera was pretty difficult to do, too.

Also, transferring an 8×10 photo to an 11×14 canvas using the grid method is still challenging for me, but I am enjoying practicing it now. I have learned that it is better than trying to use graphite transfer paper to get the image onto the canvas! Sometimes it leaves the outline too dark.

I have fallen a little behind, because I haven’t done last week’s painting yet, but it is a mini lesson that hopefully won’t take very long. It is also a ghostly looking lady so it shouId be interesting.

I really want to start this week’s portrait which is going to be a warrior woman in watercolor! The teacher is Katrina Koltes again. I really love her art.

I hope everyone is staying well! We are all doing fine here.

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

 

Portrait in Acrylics – Stage 4

 

Hello Friends!

Today I worked on this portrait some more. I added more layers to her skintones and some highlights, because she is in the sun. Then I worked on her camera case. The instructor painted hers a dark brown more like the photo. But I decided to go with a purplish color, because I love purple!

I am thinking about painting her shirt in tones of yellow…maybe…and the background kind of a light green to indicate grass. But I am going to finish her hair first.

I took yesterday off from art to rest my shoulder. I wish I had worked out, but I never got around to it; I did some chores instead. I may have to take tomorrow off from painting, too, since I will be roasting a chicken. I didn’t even realize it was Easter weekend, because I have lost track of time since the pandemic began as I am sure many others have, too.

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

 

Portrait in Acrylics – Stages 2 & 3

Hello Friends!

Today I painted stages 2 and 3 of my latest portait in acrylics. I became a little scared at the end of stage 2 because my skintone seemed too yellow. But I decided to keep going, so now I am much happier with how the skintones look.

This is Stage 3

This was Stage 2

I don’t know if I will be able to work on it tomorrow, because my shoulder is a little sore now. I try to paint every other day and work out on my off days. That way I can still do my art and stay physically healthy at the same time.

I am really enjoying working on this painting. I love learning from Amy Beeman, because ahe is fun and explains things well.

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

 

 

Portrait in Acrylics – Stage 1

 

Hello Friends!

Since I painted a portrait of my daughter last week, I didn’t get to Lesson #13 for Let’sFaceIt#2020.

Saturday, I drew it onto an 11″x14″ canvas. Sunday, I painted the underpainting using Carbon Black for the very darkest areas and a mixture of Pyrrole Red and Carbon Black to make a brownish color for the rest of the dark areas.

The rest of it will be painted with much lighter colors, so that’s why the instructor, Amy Beeman, had us leave the rest of the canvas white before painting it.

This one has been fun so far. I am looking forward to finishing it this week so I can start on this week’s new assignment which is a mini lesson.that shouldn’t take very long.

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

 

Portrait of My Daughter Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to finish the portrait of my daughter. I finally got her skin tone and hair the way I wanted it.

This is the largest acrylic portrait I have ever done! It is 18″x24!” I am glad I stuck with it. I like the way it turned out.

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

 

 

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