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Mr. C. Turtle Makes New Friends

Hello Friends,

I have been working on sketches in watercolor to go with a story I wrote a long time ago. They’re kinda goofy, but hey, it’s a silly story.  I haven’t finished the sketches to go with all the words yet, but this is what I have so far.  And yes, that is a monocle Mr. C. Turtle is wearing!   🙂

To be continued……

 

******Just out of curiosity, which character is your favorite?*******

 

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

 

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Sea Turtle Ballerina

Hello Friends,

Here is a silly ballerina who twirled up out of the ocean!  She even dances without ballet slippers!

 

I don’t know how she does it!

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

Ballerinas with Scary Faces!

Hello Friends,

Here are a couple of weirdo ballerinas!  I had a really tough time getting her face and hands right.  And as you can see his head is a little lopsided!  I have no idea what happened the day I painted them, but it was discouraging because their clothes turned out exactly like I wanted.  Oh well.  I may try them again.

I have been doing better but had not realized how long it had been since I made a post!  I haven’t been drawing or painting as much because of the writing class.  Hopefully I will get something going that may be Christmassy.

Thanks to all of my most recent new followers.  I appreciate you.

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

Degas’s “Dancers in Pink”

Hello Friends,

I have finally redone one of my favorite paintings of Degas’s ballerinas.  I have only done this one in pastels which is in a previous post.  So…here it is in watercolors.

I have a small print of this painting.  I used tracing paper and my lightboard to trace the main outlines for accurate proportions.  Then I transferred it to 300 lb. watercolor paper.  The heavier the paper, the better my paintings usually turn out.

Then I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and other watercolor paints to render my copy of this painting.

I had to wait until I came to town today to post this, because I couldn’t get the picture uploaded from my phone!!  Very frustrating living out in the sticks sometimes.

I am going to be talking with my doctor today about the highs and lows I have been experiencing in the last few months, so hopefully he can figure something out.

I want to thank those of you who have been praying for me.  I really appreciate it.  Hopefully I will finish my article this week!

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

Ballet Shoes Watercolors

Hello Friends,

Sometimes I just get bored working on sea turtles or animals and have to do something different for a change.  What???  Yes it is true.   For a long time I have had this idea to paint some ballet dancers’ shoes in watercolor.  These were pretty quick sketches I did earlier in the week.  I didn’t use a good grade of paper so they look a little washed out but it was just practice.  I am also going to have more ballet dancers to post soon.

 

 

I have still been working on my article assignment and plan to turn it in this week.  I asked for a two week extension, because I have been having trouble deciding exactly how I want to approach my favorite topic of sea turtles.  Picking one thing to write about them has been difficult!  Plus, writing about them on a level for young children isn’t so easy either!  So when I feel stuck, I move on to something completely different to do which is usually art.  I am finding that I love drawing and painting much more than writing.

I have also been struggling with a long bout of depression that came on a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t really want to go into the “whys” of it; I’m not sure I could pinpoint them anyway.  However, I am on the upward climb out of this hole.

On top of that we learned this week that an old friend of ours was killed in the line of duty in his job as a security guard.  He was 70 years old and was trying to help a woman who was getting attacked in a parking garage where he worked.  He was beaten by the attacker and his injuries were too severe for him to survive.  It is very sad.  Karl was a sweet man.  He moved away a few years ago but didn’t keep in touch with us.  I have missed him since he left, but am glad left this world trying to do the right thing and he is finally resting in peace with his Savior.

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

Ballerina With Sheer Outfit

HERE IS THE 9×12 ACRYLIC I DID OF THE BALLERINA IN A SHEER, FLOWING OUTFIT. THIS WAS A LOT OF FUN. THE BACKGROUND IS ALL BLACK, BUT THE LIGHT I HAD ON WHEN I TOOK THE PICTURE KIND OF HIGHLIGHTS IT. NICE!

Ballerina Looking Up

Ballerina Looking Up Close-up

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, AND GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A BIG HUG. 🙂

Flowing Ballerina

Ballerina Looking Up

I really love this pose and hope I will be able to do it justice! I have this image on acrylic canvas paper now and am planning on trying it in acrylics first. Sorry that the photo isn’t the greatest, but I didn’t want it to be traced too darkly so the pencil on the canvas paper doesn’t show up real well.

I found this picture in some type of ballet brochure I received in the mail years ago and saved. I traced it and enlarged it several sizes. Her outfit appears very sheer which I am hoping to be able to convey.

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

Swan Lake ballerinas to come!

Ballerina On Knee

Ballerina Male

These are a couple of tracings I did out of a children’s book of Swan Lake that I found at the library a few weeks ago. I am planning to do watercolors of these. The first sketch will be my first male ballerina!

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

Gothic Ballerinas #2

Gothic Ballerinas 2

This is the second painting I did on Thursday very quickly as you can probably tell!  I love the way the yellow of the dresses turned out on the black canvas which is actually an old painting I didn’t like that I repainted black over so I could experiment with a black canvas.  I couldn’t figure out how to get the images of the sketches onto the black canvas, though, so I had to eyeball them.  That’s why the arms turned out funny on the third figure! Her right arm is quite long! 🙂 Also, I only did three of the sketches I had.  The fourth figure is in the watercolor painting I already posted.

This was another learning experience for sure! My daughter loves this one, and after a while I have come to love it also.

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

Ballerina Twirling – Watercolor

Here is the first painting I did on Thursday using the drawings I had done. I was trying to put her in four positions to look as if she is twirling. However, I didn’t think of it until later that I should have put a tutu on her like I thought to do on the Gothic ballerinas! Oh well. Also, I really dislike the color of blue I chose for the background. I forgot that this color of blue called “Prussian Blue” is very staining, so it is just about impossible to lift out once it is laid on the paper! UGH! Anyway, I became so frustrated with it that I threw it in the garbage! (I fished it back out, though, because I have used it mixed with other blues for some cool looking waters in the past.) It just wasn’t a good choice for this. I even tested it out watered down a lot on a piece of scrap paper before I used it, but it just still wasn’t what I really wanted.

So….this is why I opted to paint her outfit in orange which is the complement of blue, so I do like that aspect of the painting. I am just chalking this up to a great learning experience!

Ballerina Twirling

Close-up of First Position:

Ballerina First Position

Close-ups of the rest:

Ballerina on pointe

Ballerina Turning

Ballerina Fully Turned Around

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