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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!  🙂

 

Ballerina Shoes – Pencil Drawings

Here are some ballerina pointe shoes. I plan to do a watercolor painting of them soon.

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Ballerina Toe Shoes

Ballerina Shoes

Ballerina on Tippy Toes

This will be the second part of the big work I am planning. I have yet to draw the third one……..

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Tippy Toes Ballerina

Ballerina-A Quick Watercolor

Hello. I hope everyone is having a happy Friday so far! Here’s a watercolor I did quickly one day. I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted it yet. I couldn’t get the color to come out right on the computer. The background is more of a greenish color. I still have other things in the works.

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

Ballerina-Quick Watercolor

Gothic Ballerinas #1

I did these spontaneously a few weeks ago. They were actually the first ballerinas I did. It is in acrylics. I do like the way the dresses lined up and the one in the shadows on the far left.

Gothic Ballerinas

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Child Ballerina #2

Here is the child ballerina re-done. I like the way this one turned out much better especially the skin tone. What do you think?

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Ballerina 2 (2)

Ballerina 2 Close-up

Ballerina – Older Child

I really liked the way this girl turned out, especially her dress. I like her skin tone much more also; it looked as if she is actually wearing pink tights with the dress, but I also noticed that her skin tone is too close to the color I made the dress. In the photo her dress is more of a cream color that blends in a lot with her surroundings, but I wanted it to stand out a little more. She is also in a lot of shadow, but I didn’t want to paint her that way. I think the background is much too light. I sharpened it up a lot in photoshop in the third picture here, but that is not how it looks. I am not sure what color to try and add into the background to bring her out more.

Any suggestions??? I need lots of help with this one!

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

Ballerina - Older Child 2

Ballerina - Close-up of Older Child

Ballerina - Older Child Close

Ballerina – Small Child

Ballerina Small Child

This girl’s expression didn’t turn out anything like I wanted it to. I wanted it to be much softer. I couldn’t get her skin tone right either. The photo has her in a lot of shadow, but I have so much to learn about painting people obviously! Anyway….

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WORKING ON BALLERINAS, ETC.

Grace Swinging

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Hello my blogging friends! Here’s a couple of very old photos of my crazy kids.

I think I am done with “Wacky Wednesdays” and “Flower Fridays.” I thank you for the support of those two features on my blog in the last couple of months. However, as I have said before, I am not really an abstract artist, so the Wacky Wednesdays were just for some crazy fun. However, I do have some abstract ideas to do from some photos I took recently, so you’ll still see some in the future, just not the very near future.

One of my goals is to become better at portrait painting even though I have no live models to work from. I don’t have time to take a class, but I am just trying to work from photos. So I am currently working on the ballerinas I have found in books. However, I am changing their expressions and the backgrounds so they are not exact copies of the photos. I also found some photos from when my children were toddlers. I don’t know how they will feel about it if I feature them on here from way back when, but I really don’t think they’ll care. I ran across some of the cutest pictures of them recently that brought back a flood of memories from the years that were the most fun for me as their mom. Those were the years before they talked back, had huge temper tantrums, etc. as all kids do when they are growing up. Not to say as toddlers they didn’t have temper tantrums. But I never said they were going through the “terrible twos.” I despise that expresssion. I think two was one of my favorite ages for both of them. In fact I used to call them the “terriffic twos.”

Turning two is when most children are discovering so many new things all at once. Some are already talking like my son was, in full sentences, but my daughter was barely talking at all then. It wasn’t because she couldn’t; she just didn’t want to! She was somewhat shy which was fine, but only around strangers. She was an observer of all that was going on around her. She still is a great observer of her surroundings, and she is cautious in making friends. That’s why she has found a faithful few instead of trying to just have tons of so-called friends like some kids do. I think in this day and age people have many, many more acquaintances than true friends, but that’s a topic for another day.

My son, on the other hand, was just always talking up a storm. Even now when he is excited about something, we hear about it! He has a real gift for writing fiction which I hope will be what he is successful at someday. I enjoy them both so much now. My daughter is 16 and my son is 18. It is sometimes so hard to think of him as a young man, but he is. He has his own thoughts and ways of doing things as we all do.

So as you can see I am dealing with the years leading up to the “empty nest.” Frankly, I am more ready now than I was a year ago. I know he wants to get out on his own, but there’s lots of things he still has to do to prepare for that. I have no idea how long it will take, but I will say I already have plans for his empty room when he’s gone. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. What mother doesn’t make plans for an upcoming spare room in her imagination?

When I moved out the first time, my mom left my room the way it was, because she had a feeling I would be back in less than a year. Well, she was right. I would do the same with him, but I have a feeling with his determination, he will make sure he never has to move back home. I hope his determination takes him far in his life, too. It is one of his best qualities.

Anyway, as you may be able to see, I didn’t really have this blog post PLANNED. It is “off the cuff” as they say, but here it is. This is where I am at in my life. I haven’t been writing lately, because I just don’t have the energy. The last quarter of the school year always feels a little crazy to me, so…I do my art, 1) because I enjoy it, and 2) to stay sane.

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

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