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Flower-Eyed Fairy Sketch

 

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Today I drew this fairy on 9×12″ tracing paper in pencil, but not darkly. Hope you can see it. She came out of my imagination, so I had to figure out how to do her hands the way I wanted them. She just snapped her fingers, so I think something is going to happen to…somebody…maybe you!

I was thinking about doing her in mixed media, but I think I am going to do watercolors. Now I need to transfer the drawing to some watercolor paper and think about the colors I want to use. Plus I will be adding detail to her wings and a background of course. I may make the flower iris and pupil smaller, too.

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

 

Portrait in Pastels

 

An Elf and His Eagle

 

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Today I decided to do something a little different. I used my oil pastels to draw this elf boy and his spirit animal, the Golden Eagle.

This is not this week’s portrait for my class. In fact, I think this week there is going to be another one done on the iPad with Lisa Filion. So I may do her photo in watercolors again since I don’t have an iPad. I haven’t seen the lesson yet.

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

 

Pastel of a Secretary Bird

 

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Today I decided to do something I have been intending to do for a long time…draw (or paint) a Secretary Bird! They are funny looking for sure, especially in this pose!

An aquaintence on Facebook did just the face of one which is wild looking depicting the crazy week she had! So I told her I have been wanting to do one for awhile now. So she encouraged me saying she can’t wait to see mine.

I love how artists who have never met in person can become friends with others all over the world and share our art and inspire each other! It’s so fun!

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

 

 

Little Girl in Pencil

 

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First, this is a work-in-progress. I have been thinking a lot about what I really want to do with my art lately.

The topic of abuse is always in the forefront of my mind, and not just the abuse of women and children. All types of people and animals get abused every day and it is devastating to their souls.

The other day I drew this little girl who has been beaten and bruised and is feeling confused and broken as she sits in her closet. I tried to draw it so some of her room is in the background, but I added it as an afterthought, and the perspective is off. That’s okay, though, because it is not finished anyway. Some parts need to be darkened.

I have an idea in mind for a series I want to do, but it hasn’t surfaced onto paper yet. But it will be about a woman whose husband is physically abusive, but she decides to do something to help herself. It may be awhile yet before I can post any of it since I am also doing Let’sfaceit2020 all year as well. But this is my latest idea, so I decided to share it with you.

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

 

 

Portrait of Woman in Charcoal

 

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This is my portrait in charcoal for Week #9 of Let’sFaceIt2020 with charcoal artist, Robert Kelley. Actually, I only watched the first video since I have done charcoal drawings before.

We are still doing over-the-shoulder portaits. This drawing was easier than a painting for sure! I enjoyed the relaxation as I could also work on it while watching t.v. in the evening.

I have also been working on some pencil drawings that I will post later this week and next week.

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

 

Portrait in Mixed Media – Stage 2

 

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Happy Friday. Yesterday I added more layers of tissue paper in her hair. I don’t think I want to paint over it again, though. Honestly, I don’t like adding too many layers, because to me, it begins to look weird. (I can’t think of a better word right now!)

Then I decided to enhance her dress with a simple design. As you can see, I also added a sea turtle tattoo to her back and more color on the flowers in her hair.

I still want to paint more details in the tattoo, the flowers, and her eyes. I struggled with getting her eyes the color brown I was going for. I kind of wish I had thought of trying to paint blue eyes instead of dark brown like the teacher demonstrated, but it’s okay. I love the way she did hers. Besides, I can do the next portrait with blue eyes.

I hope everyone has had a great week. Enjoy your weekend!

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

 

Portrait of Toddler in Acrylics

 

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This is Week #6 of my Let’s Face It 2020 portrait class. Our instructor was Sabra Awlad Issa who lives in the Netherlands!

I watched all of the videos where she shared how she painted from a photo of this toddler on a wide street. I really had a difficult time with the flesh tones and getting her facial features as accurate as possible. It was so challenging!

This is a 24″ x 18″ acrylic painting done on 300 lb. watercolor paper. I felt a little stressed out while painting it, but I am glad I stuck with it. I feel like I am learning a great deal.

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

 

Portrait in Pencil

 

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Last night I sketched this in one of my art journals…the one with notebook paper, thus the lines, ha ha!

I want to redo this one better and do a painting of her in watercolors or acrylics. Her neck isn’t quite long enough, but I think it will be easy to fix.

I also want to practice painting darker skin tones. I am really enjoying the things I am learning from all of the different teachers in my portrait classes.

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

 

 

 

Portraits in Pen & Ink

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Today I did Lesson 5 of the Let’sFaceIt2020 portraiture classes. Our instructor, Lucy Cooke, demonstrated using ink with twigs, a paint brush, and pens with nibs, all dipped in ink.

I really tried to draw with twigs, but the end results were disastrous! Then I tried the pen with a couple of different sized nibs. Those ended up in the circular file as well.

So I got out a small paint brush and ended up with six little portaits on 4″x6″ cards. I decided they were enough for one afternoon. I love experimenting with different drawing tools, but twigs felt weird!

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

 

 

Portrait in Acrylics Finished

 

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I am finally…maybe…done with this one! I worked on it for a long time today. I see some things I’ll eventually fix, but I just want to move on to Week #5 in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait class.

I couldn’t get her left eye right, but I do think it’s better than the first girl we did a month ago. I still want to do that one over!

Well, this week’s lesson is one short video with a different instructor showing us how to draw portraits in pen on 4″x6″ cards! That will feel weird after painting this large acrylic portrait! But it will be fun!

I also have a couple of other fun projects up my sleeve that I will share soon.

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

 

 

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