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Gwendolyn Bennett in Colored Pencil

Hello Friends!

This week in my class I have been learning about Gwendolyn Bennett. She lived from 1902 to 1981. She was a writer of poetry, short stories, editorials, cultural and social articles, reviews, essays, an unfinished novel, and her own diaries. She was also a painter, but unfortunately, nearly all of her artwork was destroyed in a fire. However, her magazine covers are online, and there is one oil painting, Untitled (River Landscape) that she painted in 1931 which was located by Belinda Wheeler in 2012. Art historians hope to someday recover more of her art that may not have been destroyed in the fire.

As I was reading about this amazing woman online, I found a book about her that I purchased. It is called Heroine of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Gwendolyn Bennett’s Selected Writings. It was just published in 2018 and was edited by Belinda Wheeler and Louis J. Parascandola. I have just started it, but it’s inspiring to see discover that she accomplished so much in her lifetime! I recommend this book if you are interested in learning about her.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Bull Shark Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

Last night I decided to finish the pencil drawing I started last week of this bull shark. It has appeared here already but without all of the sea foliage and shadow. I didn’t do it exactly like the photo in the book called Creatures of the Deep by Erich Hoyt, but it is similar. I think the next couple of pencil drawings I plan to do are of a viperfish and anglerfish. If you’ve never seen them, look them up. They are pretty scary looking!

I have learned that after doing pencil drawings like this, I have to rest my arm. Once I start working on something in the evening, I find myself still drawing hours later I guess because I am somewhat of a perfectionist. 😉

Anyway, today I may get back to the leafy sea dragon painting if I can get the colors mixed the way I want them. Painting is actually easier on my arm than drawing but I really love both!!

I haven’t prepared the walls in the spare bedroom for painting yet. I am not sure if I should take on that project right now. The walls are still a nice blue color and we still have the paint so I may must touch it up. I do want to start hanging my sea creatures, although I’m not sure I want to invest in framing everything. So I need to figure out something to do with the pencil drawings.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I had to break up some potential Wompus and Brownie snarls yesterday. Wompus growls at Brownie, and sometimes Brownie barks at her. But I think they are getting used to being in the same room together when I am in here working.

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

Baby Elephant Colored Pencil Drawing

Here’s the baby elephant I drew for my daughter for her 15th birthday. It has been a crazy week, so this is the first chance I’ve had to get it on my blog! It was a lot of fun to do. It is an 8×8 square. 🙂 I would kind of like to try doing it in watercolor pencils as well.

Baby Elephant

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