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Pen and Oil Pastel Ballerina

 

Hello Friends!

Well, it has been awhile since I posted. We are in northern California and have been part of the power outage for about the last 30 hours. And now the temperature has dropped more. The good news is we have a new generator hooked up to our well and our water heater is gas, so we not only have running water, but we have HOT water, too! So that has been a huge plus!

Anyway, I did this drawing of Degas’s “Torso of a Dancer” with my ink pen and oil pastels which I am just learning to use. It was relaxing, though, and didn’t take too long. My shoulder is doing better since I have had the rubberbands to exercise with again. Plus, I am staying off of my laptop and other devices as much as possible. I am getting lots of reading done, and at night with the help of a head lamp. Ha, ha!! 😉

I hope everyone’s week is going well!

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

 

 

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! 😀

 

 

Degas Copy in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

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! 😀

 

Ballerina Toe Shoes

 

Hello Friends!

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.

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

 

Degas Practice in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

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.

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

 

 

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