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Degas in Pen & Ink #2

 

Hello Friends,

Here is the second Degas I drew last week in pen and ink.

I am enjoying drawing with my nondominant hand!

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Degas in Pen and Ink


 

Hello Friends!

I did a couple of Degas drawings in pen & ink with my left hand five days after my surgery because I was so bored!!! I will post the other one another day. Then today I just drew another one with pen & ink and charcoal which I will also post another day.

I am doing well. I have not needed any pain medication since Saturday night. I have quite a few pain pills left, though, which I am sure will come in handy once I begin going to physical therapy for my shoulder. Also, I have been even more thankful for our adjustable bed, because I have had to sleep sitting up with the sling on. Until next time…

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

 

 

Charcoal Left-Handed

 

 

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Yesterday I became bored watching t.v. and reading so I got out a pad of paper, my charcoal pencils, and a print of this painting called “Paris Street; Rainy Day” by Gustave Caillebotte who was an impressionist artist in the late 1800’s.

Of course my perspeective and sizing of everything is off and I ran out of room on the far right. And I left out some background.  But it was still therapeutic.

My rotator cuff surgery went well on Monday. The sling is not very comfortable to sleep in, but I am thankful our bed adjusts to a partial sitting position so sleeping isn’t a problem.

Thanks for all of your kind thoughts and prayers, ny friends

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

 

 

Abstract Triangles in Oil Pastels

 

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Here is an abstract I drew with oil pastels the other night. The book I mentioned in an earlier post talks about different shapes you can use in compositions, the triangle being one, along with L-shaped, diagonal, etc. Debora Stewart does say to never do diagonals from corner to corner, though, which is exactly what I did with washi tape in one of my recent goth ballerina mixed media pieces. But I still like mine and I think the positions I have the ballerinas in balances out the “division” of the canvas. But I do understand what she is saying.

I also know I went a little crazy with these triangles, and it is a “busy” piece. But I was “in the zone” and was mostly doing a color study. The pastel paper I used was light blue, so the colors came out either darker or too light, in the case of the yellows. Then lastly, I drew in the squiggles.

I hope everyone has had a great week and will enjoy your weekend!

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

 

Portrait of a Girl in Mixed Media

 

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Here is a color photocopy of my watercolor and charcoal portrait of a girl! I glued her onto an 8×10 piece of illustration board with Liquitex Matte Medium. Then I laid down a couple of pieces of washi tape to frame her. And lastly, I added some matching stickers! This didn’t take long at all and was very simple. I like how I darkened her even more on the copy.

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Portrait of a Girl

 

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I am so excited that I completed this in about a half hour! I watched Ivy Newport do a portrait class called “Into the Blue” where she talks about Pablo Picasso’s “blue” period. I have to say that I had to trace the outline, though, because I couldn’t get her proportions right otherwise. Believe me…I tried!

I used a couple of watercolor pencils and some charcoal with water for this. I also did most of the painting with my nondominant hand! Anyway, I thought she was a beautiful Chinese girl when I printed this out a few years ago. I added most of her hat myself.

I have not begun any abstract painting yet…still reading the book. But I have some things in mind.

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Abstract Adventures!

 

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Yesterday I received this book I ordered in the mail! I have done very little abstract art, but over the next few weeks I am going to be doing a lot with my nondominant hand. So I am just going to play! It is a myth, though, to think abstract art can be done by “anyone.”

In this book, “Abstact Art Painting – Expressions in Mixed Media” by Debora Stewart, she has a quote at the begining of chapter one:  “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. — Wassily Kandinsky.

Well, I am not much of a “poet” these days, and I am still learning about composition, but it will be fun to explore drawing and painting abstracts!

My shoulder surgery is now scheduled for Monday, November 4th! I am glad they were able to get me in so quickly. Hopefully, the worst pain will be gone by Thanksgiving. (But I won’t have to do any cooking this year!) 😉 My arm will be in a sling for more than a month. And I am not sure how long it will be until I begin physical therapy. So I don’t think I will be able to post much in the last couple of months of this year. I may only be doing art for the next few weeks anyway.

So I will say now…Happy Holidays My Friends!

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Ballerinas in Oil Pastels

 

Hello Friends!

Today I finished this oil pastel drawing of Degas’s “Dancers in Pink and Green.” My rendition is much brighter than his original. But I really love how vivid these oil pastels are! I used lots of colors! But I especially love the green and pink!

I hope everyone has a great week!

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

 

Pen & Oil Pastel Ballerina #2

 

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This is my rendition of Degas’s “Dancer with Bouquets.” Again, I did my intial drawing in pen, but filled in the color with my oil pastels. And I did not copy his background or try to match the colors just right. I decided to just draw and have fun!

Soon I think I will be trying to draw some portraits of people from my imagination using charcoal, white gesso and maybe black gesso. I am not sure yet, but I feel like playing with some new ideas and combining different mediums.

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

 

 

Pen and Oil Pastel Ballerina

 

Hello Friends!

Well, it has been awhile since I posted. We are in northern California and have been part of the power outage for about the last 30 hours. And now the temperature has dropped more. The good news is we have a new generator hooked up to our well and our water heater is gas, so we not only have running water, but we have HOT water, too! So that has been a huge plus!

Anyway, I did this drawing of Degas’s “Torso of a Dancer” with my ink pen and oil pastels which I am just learning to use. It was relaxing, though, and didn’t take too long. My shoulder is doing better since I have had the rubberbands to exercise with again. Plus, I am staying off of my laptop and other devices as much as possible. I am getting lots of reading done, and at night with the help of a head lamp. Ha, ha!! 😉

I hope everyone’s week is going well!

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

 

 

Sara J Evans

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