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Pastel of Another “Combing the Hair”

 

Hello Friends!

This is another rendition I did of one of the many  pastels Degas painted of women combing their hair. I like these works just as much as his ballerina paintings. I love how soft he could make them look but also put bold dark line work in certain places as well.

One of these days I am going to begin doing my own drawings from portraits of real people when I gain a little more confidence. I also know it is not “cheating” to trace just the main outlines of a face or body, because sometimes it is easier than eyeballing a photo to try to get the proportions correct.

In other news our daughter put up the Christmas tree for us today. So the living room is a little brighter now.

I went to physical therapy yesterday and was told I am progressing well. I am doing my exercises daily and still have my arm in the sling. I think it will be on for another week or two, but I can hardly wait for when I won’t need it anymore!

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

 

 

Pastel Rendition of a Degas

 

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I played around with my soft and oil pastels last week. I did this one early last week which is called “Group of Dancers” by Edgar Degas. In some of his pastels, his images are almost ghostly looking. Some of them have blurred line work which I love.

I will be posting another I drew of a different pastel he did later this week. I am still drawing left-handed and will be for quite some time. I started physical therapy this week and will go twice a week for a couple of months, then increase to three times a week later on.

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

 

Soft Pastels on Tracing Paper

 

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This is my rendition of Edgar Degas’s “Pink Dancer” which he did with pastels on paper. However, I did mine with my soft chalky pastels on tracing paper. He used this technique often in his studio when he worked on drawings.

I found it interesting and challenging. I often had to blow the excess pastels off of the paper to see the image so I could keep drawing,  but it was fun. I used my fingers to smooth some places, too

My drawing has a lot more blue in it than his but I like the way it glows.

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

 

 

Degas’s “Dancers in Pink”

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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

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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! 🙂

Degas Copies

Here are the quick sketches I did a few days ago just eyeballing some of the Degas photos I was studying in a book I found at the library. I used my Prismacolor Watercolor pencils.

Degas copy

Degas Copies in Yellow

Degas copy 2

Degas – His paintings, his life.

Degas ballerinas Degas dancer-seated-study-1872 Degas three-dancers-in-purple-skirts

Hello, and happy Friday!  I have been reading about Edgar Degas this week and trying to do watercolor sketches of of some of his work.  I don’t have them photographed yet to post, but here is an article in Wikipedia about him if you would like to learn about him.  Here is the link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas  

He was a very serious artist, even going as far as rejecting his father’s wish for him to become a lawyer.  In fact, he spent most of his time out doing artwork rather than studying law!  😉  These three images I found on Google.com of some of his dancers that he is famous for are ones I had never seen before.  I’ve seen a few images of his “Blue Dancers,” but not this one with the three ladies in that particular pose.

What I love about these paintings are the way he could depict the human body so simply and beautifully.  His colors are striking in the first one here with the pinks and yellows.  Yesterday I did an acrylic of a dancer trying to show her twirliing.  She has a yellow dress on, however, I cannot do faces in acrylics yet, so she looks a bit gothic again.  Oh well, practice, practice, practice I always say!   I will probably post it soon.  I also did a watercolor of the same poses in different colors, but I definitely used the wrong color for the background, and I really don’t like it at all.  You probably will never see it!  HA!   😉

Well, in the meantime, while I get my paintings ready to post, take the time to read about Edgar Degas and view his many paintings on Google.com.  I have come to love his work very much.

Also, Happy Mother’s Day early to all of my blogging friends who are mothers or who have wonderful mothers!  I still miss my mom greatly; she has been gone for nine years now.  I actually made a request for a gift this year which I don’t do every year.  In a magazine I saw a book review on a new book about Van Gogh and his letters which I am looking forward to reading very much.  I love his work so much.  What I love most is that he truly painted in his own style which is something I am stilly working on developing for myself!

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

 

Sara J Evans

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