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Kitties in Pencil

Hello Friends!

This week I took a break from doing any painting or mixed media. I have been reading a lot and exercising. But in the evenings I still did some drawing. These are all kittens I practiced drawing in different poses. But the top right one is a sketch of our grown cat named Wampus. She sat on the floor with her legs and tail all tucked up under her. So I knelt on the floor in front of her to sketch her. I think she was posing for me, ha ha!!

I am not sure what I am going to start working on this weekend, but I have a few ideas.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

The Tortoise and the Hare in Mixed Media

The Tortoise and the Hare

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I decided that in addition to fairy tales, I want to also create mixed media works of Aesop’s fables! And my favorite has always been “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

I drew my design on paper in pencil first. Then I used a type of carbon paper to transfer the image to my canvas. 

Next I used acrylic inks to paint the sky, road, and animals. Then I decided to use my painted tracing papers to cut the pieces for the grasses, tree tops, plants and the sun.

To make the rocks I used three colors of my handmade papers. Then I used acrylics for the yellow flowers and acrylic inks for adding the dirt below the rocks and on the road. 

Lastly, for the clouds I put some molding paste on them to add texture, then painted them white with heavy body acrylics and added the other accents of clouds in the sky.

This painting took me about eight hours or so to complete. The thing that takes me the most time is cutting and gluing all of the pieces of tracing and handmade papers. But I enjoy this process very much! 

I haven’t decided which story I want to do next. Until next time…

Have a wonderful day! 😀

“The Goose Girl” in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I painted this on canvas with acrylics. However, I used my pieces of my previously painted tracing paper for the tree tops and the sun. 

I think Grimm’s version of “The Goose Girl” fairy tale is well, rather grim, ha ha! So I didn’t include the horse’s head hanging on the wall like many other illustrations. I think she was happier before her horse was tragically killed! I know I would be. But I also decided not to include the horse while it was alive, because this canvas is tall and narrow, and I didn’t want to spend time figuring out how to draw and paint it. I wanted her and the geese front and center. 

I had a lot of fun creating this. It was a relaxing project for a Sunday! 

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Wolf in Pencil on Toned Paper

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Here is another wolf I drew in graphite pencil on toned paper. Lately, I have been reading and working out more than doing art. But I want to start on something new today. I hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

White Wolf Pup in Pencil

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A few days ago I decided to do a little sketch of a white wolf pup. I used this toned paper, because it is the notebook with my other wolf drawings in it. I still don’t know how I feel about drawing on this color of paper yet. It’s easy enough to sketch on, but using pencil on it is something I am not sure I like. I haven’t sketched anything in colored pencil or pen on it, though. So maybe I will give that a try soon.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Pete’s Dragon in Mixed Media

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday I had a lot of fun painting this version of Pete’s Dragon. I used acrylics and acrylic inks on canvas. I also used black and white Posca pens.

Tamara Laporte offered this class on her website. I began drawing it a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t get to transfer it to my canvas until earlier this week. Then I decided to finish it yesterday.

I used various greens for the dragon, Paynes Grey and white for the lighthouse, purples for the house and Naples yellow for the sand. I may still add more detail to the sand, but I like it this way all right.

I am not sure what my next project is going to be yet. But I have been reading a lot and exercising, so I haven’t been doing as much art lately. However, I do have a drawing that will be posted tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Rapunzel (Modern-Day)

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This is a piece I have been working on the last several days. I drew the design onto canvas. Then I used some mulberry paper in different colors to lay down to create the stones on the tower. 

Next I painted Rapunzel with acrylics, making her have “goth-type” make-up which has been popular for years. I smudged her eye liner which gives her black tears and gave her eyelid a little blue shadow. Her lipstick is a very dark purple, almost black. And she’s very pale since she NEVER gets to go outside! I wanted her to look depressed as she gazes down at the witch climbing up on her hair. I know that’s how I would feel if I was trapped like that! Can you imagine?  

After I finished her face and hair, I painted the inside of the tower dark purple as the window she’s gazing out of is the only one in my version. Then I used a silver acrylic pen to smudge some of the stones. Lastly, I painted the background around the tower and cut some dark green leaves from some of my painted tracing paper.

I really enjoyed working on this project. I wanted to convey that not ALL fairytale characters are happy. In fact most of them aren’t! So there you have it. 

The next character mixed media piece I am going to do is not from a fairytale. It is a lesson from Tamara Laporte’s Kaleidoscope 2021 classes for August. She did a really cute, what she calls “Lollipop” character, of Joni Mitchell and elements of her song, “Both Sides Now”, in the background. I have the drawing done on watercolor paper, but I haven’t started painting it yet. I hope to start it today.

Our power is off due to high winds and fires all around us. We are safe for now, thank God! But we are prepared to evacuate if it ever comes to that. We have a generator from my husband’s work that we can use for most things, mainly the refrigerator. But we are planning to buy a much quieter one of our own soon. Anyway, at least we have some power! 

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Alice & Friends in Mixed Media

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A couple of days ago I created my version of Alice in Wonderland from the book “Ever After” by Tamara Laporte. 

I used Bristol paper, acrylic inks, acrylics, and black and white Posca pens. For the clouds and sun I used some of  the painted tracing papers I made. 

I enjoyed creating this one. I mostly stuck to the colors of the original cartoon Disney movie version. But I think my Alice looks older, ha ha! And my paper curled a little from the matte medium I used to glue down the clouds and sun. I still like it, though!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Bambi in Mixed Media

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On Sunday I decided to do this piece as my version of  project two from Tamara Laporte’s book “Ever After”. It was done by one of her guest teachers, Micki Wilde. 

First I drew the deer on the canvas with pencil. Then I cut some background papers from a big stash of papers I made awhile back. (I used acrylic paints to paint large sheets of tracing papers different colors and patterns.) So I used some of the green design and some of a magenta one with green fan brush patterns on it for this piece. I cut those pieces to fit around the deer. Then I painted the rest of the background by mixing some blue and red acrylic inks to get the purple. I used white acrylic ink to stamp the purple with a sponge.

Then I painted Bambi with combinations of Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and white acrylic inks. I used white acrylic paint for his spots. Then I added the washi tape flowers. Lastly, I added the 3-D butterflies and the bow on his head, because I believe boys and men can wear bows in their hair, jewelry and make-up. I don’t think of that stuff as only “feminine” anymore.

This is the first mixed media piece I’ve made in quite a while. I just had eye surgery on my left eye this past Thursday, so I haven’t been doing as much in the last couple of weeks. I can see so much better already! I had a cataract removed and an intraocular lens put in. I will have to have my other eye done, too, eventually, because there’s a cataract forming on it also, but it isn’t as large right now. Anyway, I hope you are all doing well! 

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

 

 

Monkey in Pencil

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Hello Friends!

So… here’s a monkey for your Tuesday! 

On Sunday I decided to do a little sketching. I wanted to get a feel for monkeys which I don’t believe I have ever sketched. I like the way it looks like it has a hat on! 

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

 

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