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“Dancer with a fan” by Degas

 

 

Hello Friends!

This is another of my renditions of a Degas dancer. I did something that he did in his sketches a lot. I left the first markings I drew where I had placed her left arm. Then I corrected it somewhat. This is just a sketch in my art journal.

I am enjoying studying Degas’s work and reading about his life and work.

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

 

 

 

Ballerinas in Oil Pastels

 

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The other day I decided to start playing with my oil pastels some more. This is my rendition of Degas’s “Blue dancers.” I didn’t get enough of their skin tones in, though. also I did a blue background, whereas his background has more oranges and greens and a few faint images of ballerinas dressed in orange.

I am finding this medium to be challenging which I enjoy. I have done a couple more renditions of his ballerinas that will be in upcoming posts.

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

 

 

Degas Practice in Charcoal #3

 

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Yesterday I received a small paperback book I ordered called “Degas Drawings of Dancers-47  Plates” that was published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1999. The book is 44 pages, because three pages have two small plates on each one.

There is a one-page Publisher’s Note about Degas written by Kathy Casey at the beginning. Then each page is one sketch (or two) of his ballerinas.

This ballerina that I copied is on the cover as well as page four. It is called “Young Dancer in Fifth Position.” It originally measured 17.5 x 12 in. and was drawn (ca. 1878-80.)

In case you aren’t familiar with 5th Position in ballet, here is a definition:  Fifth Position in ballet is a position of the legs and feet where one foot is placed in front of the other, with the toes of the front foot aligned with the heel of the back foot.

I took ballet in my 30’s, but not long enough to be able to stand like that! It is amazing to me that anyone can! I enjoyed it very much, but it became expensive at the time, and the teacher I had was not teaching any other adults then, so I was in a class with teens and a couple of middle-school girls! But they were all sweet and encouraging. The teacher was strict, though! Anyway, those are fond memories for me. I think this is another reason I enjoy drawing ballerinas so much!

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

 

Degas Copy in Charcoal

 

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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! 😀

 

Degas Practice in Charcoal

 

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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! 😀

 

 

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. 🙂

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

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