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Audrey Hepburn in Oils

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I finished this oil painting, my second one ever! This medium is so much more difficult than any other paint medium I have tried! Just cleaning the brushes alone is a process!

Anyway, I found a picture of Audrey Hepburn dancing and just had to try drawing and painting her! Also, I drew it from an 8×10 printout of the photo, but made her large enough to fill a 10×20″ canvas! I also made her shirt grey instead of black like it is in the photo. I wanted to be able to see her left arm which blends in with her pants in the photo, because she’s wearing all black. 

I have to say that I have become a bit captivated by her since I began reading the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney. She was an intriguing person and an inspiration to many. Sweet. graceful, and down-to-earth is how I would describe her. So if you want to know more about her, I would recommend this book. The reading is easy and enjoyable and definitely not bogged down with boring or useless information like a lot of biographies I have tried to read in the past.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Audrey Hepburn in Monochrome

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to paint my first monochrome painting in acrylics. This was really challenging, however, I was working from a black and white photo that is the cover of the book “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney.

The only colors I used were, black, white, and Payne’s Gray. I painted it on a 12×12″ canvas. I was going to do a charcoal drawing of it first. But I started sketching it in pencil and then decided to paint it in acrylics instead. I still may do a charcoal drawing of her, but from a different picture.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

 

Hello Friends!

This is my portrait for this 37th week of Let’sFaceIt2020. Toni Burt was our teacher again.

This didn’t take very long. It was a mini lesson where she showed us how to use charcoal to block in a standing figure with basic shapes. It’s good practice for learning how to draw tha figure.

There have been two offers by new teachers for next year’s LFI2021 classes. They will be doing drawings in October. I decided to enter both even though I had planned not to do this again next year, ha ha!

But I decided to stick with it. Even if I don’t win it, I will still get it for half price while the offer is good! So that’s a plus.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait of a Girl in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to do the lesson for Week #22 of Let’sFaceIt2020.

I did not take the time to watch the instructional videos of the instructor, Juna Biagioni, though. I have other projects I am working on right now. Also, I think I dislike charcoal more every time I draw with it! But that’s okay. I still wanted to give it a go. I am not an artist who feels I must perfect every medium I try, that’s for sure. Ha ha! But experimenting is fun!

Later today I am going to start on the lesson for Week #23, and when I finish it, I will be all caught up again! It is a full body portrait in watercolor, so I am sure it will be challenging! And, as you may know, I LOVE watercolors!

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

 

Portrait of Woman in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

This is my portrait in charcoal for Week #9 of Let’sFaceIt2020 with charcoal artist, Robert Kelley. Actually, I only watched the first video since I have done charcoal drawings before.

We are still doing over-the-shoulder portaits. This drawing was easier than a painting for sure! I enjoyed the relaxation as I could also work on it while watching t.v. in the evening.

I have also been working on some pencil drawings that I will post later this week and next week.

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

 

Cat & Mouse in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

Today, our cat, Wampus was lying on the floor. So I did a large gestural drawing of her in charcoal on my 18″x24″ sketch pad. And with my non-dominant hand, of course.

Since it was from the back view of her, I decided to draw what I imagined she saw…a very surprised mouse! Just for fun!

And I think she approves!

 

 

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

 

Portrait in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

For the last few days I worked on sketching this Filipino girl in charcoal. The photo I used is of a younger looking girl but I decided to make her a little older looking.

I had to make a few attempts but I like how she turned out. I have found that I like drawing girls and women, especially those from various Asian cultures, because of their gorgeous features.

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

 

Degas Ballerina in Charcoal

 

Hello Friends!

Today I used a charcoal pencil to draw a Degas called “Melina Darde in Adagio Passage” in my sketchbook.

I still find the human figure the most challenging thing to draw. Perhaps this is why I keep copying Degas’s drawings and paintings. I feel like I am looking through his eyes which I believe saw and drew dancers uniquely.

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

 

Degas Charcoal Drawing

 

Hello Friends!

Here is another drawing I did the other day with charcoal on drawing paper. This is my rendition of Degas’s “Seated dancer pulling up her tights.”

As always, this was a challenge to do left-handed, but fun!

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

 

Degas in Charcoal and Pen & Ink

 

Hello Friends!

Here is another Degas I did in pen and ink. But I decided to draw some details and the background in charcoal. This one was a lot of fun!

Tomorrow I am going to my first post-op appointment. I think it will go well.

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

 

 

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