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Doggie in Watercolor & Pen

Hello Friends!

This is a cute doggie that I painted from a short free lesson from Tamara Laporte. She is offering a four month course in August called Kaleidoscope 2021 which you can find out more at willowing.org

I am doing the free Taster Week this week which is just getting some free lessons from different artists to see what the classes will be like. But I already joined them since I have never done any of her classes before. Tamara is an artist who paints whimsical characters. She has published some books that were based on courses she has taught in the past. I have a book of hers called “Ever After” which has lessons for creating fairytale-inspired mixed media art projects. I think I may have mentioned this book in a previous post.

Anyway, she is a lot of fun. She has a sweet spirit and really loves teaching art. I had heard about her several years ago but in taking other art classes to learn portraiture last year, I just didn’t have time to try everything. This year I did sign up for “Let’sFaceIt2021” and “PaintYourHeartandSoul2021” but I have only done a couple of classes out of each one, because I became so engrossed in my Van Gogh Journal! But I really enjoyed creating that!

I have been wanting to do art of my own without following lessons, lately but it is also fun to be in different groups to meet other artists and see what others are creating. So I have just been downloading the classes each week on my laptop to keep for later. I also have Tamara’s classes from last year of Kaleidoscope 2020 which I am not done downloading yet. So I haven’t started any of those.

I am afraid I have become addicted to buying art classes, ha ha! And books!!! I have been reading so many great novels lately written for school age children (and picture books) that I began buying them again even though my kids are grown! Someday I hope to have little ones to read aloud to, but I don’t see grandchildren in the near future. Our grown children are happy in their jobs, and our daughter is graduating with her Associates degree in Psychology this year! She is taking her last two classes right now. So that is exciting.

I hope you are all doing well! We are doing well here in sunny California!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Insects in Pencil

Hello Friends!

A couple of mornings ago I decided to sketch these bees, butterflies, a grasshopper, and a ladybug. I checked out some books about bees from the library which also had great pictures of the other insects.

So it was fun to just sketch again. I have mostly been reading a lot and playing the piano again. Everything is harder with the cataracts in my eyes. But in a few weeks I will be getting the one in my left eye removed! And then it will take time to adjust to the artificial lens, but hopefully, I will be able to do my art more comfortably.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Little Red and Friend Wolf

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Yesterday I decided to paint a fairytale twist. Instead of the wolf being a conniving stinker and finding out where Red’s grandmother lives so he can go gobble her up, he is a kindhearted and friendly wolf who lets Red pet him. Then she will give him a treat from her basket, and they will walk to her grandmother’s house and have a picnic! Only he will be Red and Grandma’s guest. But he will only visit occasionally since they know it isn’t wise to try and turn wild animals into pets. They are smart! But he won’t forget their kindness and will stay close by to protect Grandma’s house at night!Β 

I painted this in watercolors on 11×14″ watercolor paper. I am planning on doing Red and the wolf on canvas in mixed media but not the same scene.Β 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

“Cosmic Girl” in Mixed Media

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I have been feeling a little blue since finishing my Van Gogh journal awhile back. And I haven’t gotten a video of the whole book yet.

So in the meantime I just wanted to do something different. I have been reading a lot of children’s novels lately and checking out Tamara Laporte’s book called Ever After.

It is a book with lessons for creating mixed media art projects based on fairy tales. I started drawing a different take on Little Red Riding Hood, but I haven’t finished working out the composition yet. So i just used a template for this girl from Tamara Laporte’s website to create this mixed media piece.

In the close-up you can see the little cat sticker I used so her kitty could be with her.

I don’t think I am going to start another art journal yet. I just want to do some fairy tale art for now.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Black Wolf in Pencil

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Hello Friends!

This is the black wolf I drew after the white wolf that I posted yesterday. This wolf is on page 67 of my book called WOLVES, and the photo is credited to “Dseign Pics”. 

Black wolves are gorgeous! In the color photo of this one, its eyes are a deep orange color!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Homemade Book Journal

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Yesterday, I watched our instructor, Jerney, for Let’sfaceit2021, show us how to make an art journal out of an old book.

In order to create enough room for adding paint and ephemera to the pages, we had to go to each “signature”, where the string binding shows, and gently remove two to four pages on each side of the string.

I used a small book of van Gogh’s portraits that I have had for a long time and read lots of times. Plus, it is the only book I could find in the house that didn’t have a glued binding which would just fall apart.

So after we removed the pages, she showed us how to use a soft gel medium to glue two pages together to make them thicker. Then she taught us how to make a pocket on a page. We used a ruler to press down on the page placing it diagonally from the top of the book and then rippped away the right hand corner of that page and the one behind it. Then we glued the sides and bottoms together to form a pocket. It was actually pretty easy!

After that we mixed whatever color of paint we wanted with clear gesso to make it more transparent so the words can show through some. She painted a side view of a woman across both pages, but since the page on the right of my book had a picture of van Gogh in the middle, I decided to paint an abstract likeness of him on the left side.

What I love about this book is the cover which you will see in this video. Thanks for reading and watching!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Iberian Lynx in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I finished drawing this Iberian Lynx. This was a fun “big cat” to draw!

I find that drawing animal fur is actually relaxing. I used to think it felt frustrating and monotonous years ago when I first began drawing, though. But I enjoy drawing furry animals so much that now I just find it a soothing challenge.

I hope you are all doing well. I also hope today is the first day of healing for the United States of America!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Cheetah in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I began drawing this Cheetah! I finished it just now after working on it for a few hours this afternoon. Lots of spots!

I think he is a bit too tall, but with those legs he may be able to run even faster, ha ha!

So this is my third drawing in my series of wild cats. So far I have drawn a lion head and a tiger (but no bear), oh my!

I will probably be working on my class lessons tomorrow or this weekend. I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Profile Portrait in Charcoal

 

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Hello Friends!Β 

Yesterday I did one of the lessons forΒ Paint Your Heart and Soul.Β Our instructor was Joan Martin. She showed us how to make liquid charcoal to paint the background of the paper. We rubbed charcoal sticks on sandpaper, put it in a jar and added water for the consistency. Then we painted the paper. I used a hair dryer to dry mine, because there was no sun out by the time I got to it yesterday afternoon.

To draw the portrait, we used willow charcoal and to get the areas of light, we used an eraser and lastly, to make the brightest highlights we used a white Gellyroll pen.

This was a fun one! I still need to do the other lesson of drawing eyes with different expressions.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

I don’t know if you will remember or not, but I have posted these ballerina poses before (I think.) But this time I added a few things!

I drew them in charcoal on a thick piece of paper. Then I used my Arteza brush pens to color them and the background. Next I used a stamp with the word joy in Japanese. And lastly I copied the song called “Waltz” fromΒ Swan Lake.Β Then I cut out two stanzas from it and glued them on. Lastly, I drew around the dancers and the music with charcoal.

I enjoyed creating this! It didn’t take very long either. I like the texture that these brush pens make when I swipe them on the paper!

Now I am going to attempt to do the main and mini lessons from my class called “Paint Your Heart and Soul.” Hopefully I can post them tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

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