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Pastel of Another “Combing the Hair”

 

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This is another rendition I did of one of the manyΒ  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! πŸ˜€

 

 

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! πŸ˜€

 

Chinese Toddler in Mixed Media

 

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Here is my latest project! It is on a flat 8×10 canvas. First, I drew her on with pencil. Then I used a variety of washi tape patterns to make her coat. I used a “cardinal red” acrylic for that and her red bow. Than I used some dark pink for the other bow.

I used a variety of colors for her skin. In the picture I have her hand is a little shadowed which I found extra challenging as her face is much lighter.

The biggest challenges were her hair and the background. I couldn’t get my tiniest brushes to cooperate with my paints for her hair. Her hair is thin and wispy but I still may try to go over it at another time and get it less blocked looking.

Finally, I wanted to use a complimentary color to bring out the pinks and reds. So I chose my Golden’s Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) to paint the background and added a bouquet of pre-made cut flowers by gluing it to the canvas with Liquitex Matte Medium. Lastly, I went over the whole painting with the matte medium so the flowers and washi tape would stay adhered and give it a little bit of a glossy look.

This was a lot of fun and quite a challenge to complete with my nondominant hand! The washi tape was especially difficult to cut and place. But I really like the way it turned out.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Chinese Toddler Mixed Media-Part 2

 

Hello Friends,Β 

I put the washi tape on the little girl’s clothes. So in my next post she will be finished!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE.

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Chinese Toddler Sketch

 

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Yesterday I decided to start a mixed media piece on an 8×10 canvas. Several years ago I found some cute pictures of adorable Chinese children online. So I decided to try drawing this toddler girl.

Next I am going to add some washi tape for her clothes and use acrylics for her skin and hair. I am not sure what I’m going to do for the background yet.

We have had a big weather change here. We got some rain, and in surrounding areas it is snowing!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Degas Ballerina in Charcoal

 

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Today I used a charcoal pencil to draw a Degas called “Melina Darde in Adagio Passage” in my sketchbook.

I still find the human figure the most challenging thing to draw. Perhaps this is why I keep copying Degas’s drawings and paintings. I feel like I am looking through his eyes which I believe saw and drew dancers uniquely.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

“Russian Dancer” in Mixed Media

 

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This is my rendition of a Degas which he originally drew in pastel and charcoal on tracing paper. It is called “Russian Dancer.”

However, this morning I drew mine in my sketchbook with black pen, soft pastels, and oil pastels. It was quite fun!

I am going on three weeks of recovery from my shoulder surgery. I am doing well. We had another power outage this week, but fortunately, it was only for about 30 hours. I hope everyone has had a great week.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Degas Charcoal Drawing

 

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Here is another drawing I did the other day with charcoal on drawing paper. This is my rendition of Degas’s “Seated dancer pulling up her tights.”

As always, this was a challenge to do left-handed, but fun!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

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,Β  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! πŸ˜€

 

 

Degas in Charcoal and Pen & Ink

 

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Here is another Degas I did in pen and ink. But I decided to draw some details and the background in charcoal. This one was a lot of fun!

Tomorrow I am going to my first post-op appointment. I think it will go well.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Sara J Evans

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