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“Peek-a-Boo” Girl in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

I spent the last few days working on this painting. I admit I had to trace her outline. This was one of the most complicated ones I have attempted! My favorite part of this was painting her shirt.

There are some places that could be a little darker, but I had a hard time getting the right shades in the right places! Ha ha. So I am calling this one complete now. This was from Week #17 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I skipped it then. We are in Week #34 now!

I did not do the portrait lesson last week or this week yet. But I plan to catch up at some point. I have been drawing more fantasy characters in pencil. I may be able to share more later this week.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Fantasy Characters in Pencil

 

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I have been working on sketching some new fantasy characters this week. Yet no matter how I start sketching out “ideas” for how I want them to look, they always end up in some kind of scene! I actually came up with the girl elf on the far right a long time ago. So I re-drew her and added her purse and shoes. I think she might be going shopping for some pointy new shoes.

There isn’t really anything for the tree to be surprised about unless it SEES something we can’t see! Having a few extra eyes must be great!

We are doing well here. I hope you are all doing well, too.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Self-Portrait!

 

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I began working on this drawing on Monday this week and finished it last night. This is my very favorite picture of myself. I was just 3 years old! My mom had this taken of me in a photo studioย  back then. So the photo I have is an 8×10 which made it pretty easy to draw from.

Yesterday I got some air dry clay and sculpting tools in the mail. I am excited about playing with all of it today. I have never used sculpting tools before, so it is always exciting to learn something new. I think this is why I never get bored anymore.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Black Woman in Pencil

 

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This is a portrait I worked on for a few days. I found the picture of this beautiful black woman on Unsplash.com a few months ago, but I put it aside with some others I found back then. Her skin and features just struck me as exotic.

I may try to do this one in another medium, too, at some point. Doing pencil work makes my neck sore more than painting. I think I lean to one side without realizing it, because I am usually watching t.v. in the evenings when I am sketching. But the good news is that the shoulder I had fixed last November doesn’t hurt at all. That still amazes me!

I hope everyone is doing well! Take time out to be creative! My daughter has gotten into making earrings to eventually sell online. She gave me a pair, and they are beautiful! It’s fun to see her excited about something. She starts back to college online next week and is taking five classes! We are very proud of her.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Profile in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!ย 

This week our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Juna Biagioni again. She used a pastel pencil on smooth Bristol paper, but I just wanted some practice drawing a profile

I am currently working on another profile portrait in pencil of a beautiful African American woman whose picture I found on Unsplash.com. It’s a great website to find copyright-free pictures that people can use for art. Most of the art instructors who teach these classes also get their reference photos from Unsplash.com.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Jack and the Giant

 

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This is a drawing I did over the last couple of nights. I recently found a small booklet called “Rackham’s Fairy Tale Illustrations” that was put together and edited by Jeff A. Menges and published in 2002.

When I was a little kid in the 1960s, I know I saw Arthur Rackham’s illustrations in old books of Grimm’s fairy tales. He also did illustrations for other books such asย Snowdrop and Other Talesย andย Hansel and Grethel and Other Tales both published in 1920.

I find it interesting that Menges says, “Creatures of fantasy, legend, and fairy tales represented the core of Rackham’s output. His imaginative interpretations of witches, elves, giants, and fairies have influenced many of the images that have been produced ever since.” This is exactly what I have been hoping to do – create fairy tale images from MY imagination!

My drawing is a combination of my own imagination and copying Rackham’s giant from his illustration from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” However, as you can see from his illustration, I changed mine quite a bit! For instance, my giant doesn’t have animals hanging from his belt!

My perspective is different, because I wanted the giant to be looking down at a hole in his floor where Jack is climbing up the beanstalk which, of course, did not happen in the written story. But this is my version! There’s a lot about the angle that isn’t perspectively correct, but I actually hadn’t planned on it being a finished drawing. I was just sketching in ink and then decided to use my brush pens to add the color. But it was too fun to keep it to myself!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Girl in Red Shoes-Stage 1

 

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Yesterday I began working on an 18×24″ acrylic painting from a short class by Kara Bullock called “The Red Shoes.”

First I used Raw Umber and water to paint a light coating onto the canvas so that it wasn’t completely white before I began drawing the figure. This is the method Kara always uses for painting her portraits. Then I used a brown Stabilio pencil to draw her outline and features.

Next I mixed Raw Umber with Ultramarine blue to get a dark color that is not quite black. Then I went over some of the areas that will be the darkest with a light coat of carbon black. I did not use the exact colors as Kara did, because I don’t have the same blues or blacks that she has.

However, that is the great thing about watching other artists work. I learn through experimentation and by not copying them exactly. So whatever the outcome is, it will be my creation.

This is what I love about the creative journey. We can do our own thing and share it with others, but we can also watch and listen to other artists to learn new ways to enhance our own art.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Fantasy Characters in Watercolor

 

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Last night I decided to experiment with some new watercolor paints I purchased. I was not going for a finished painting here. Just grabbed a scrap piece of watercolor paper, which I noticed has the brand’s watermarks on it, and drew a few of my new characters to paint.

One of the blueish colors is called “Sleeping Beauty” and is the Daniel Smith brand. Another is Quinacderone Rose. I love its brightness.

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Fae Rhapsody

 

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This scene started out with my drawing new characters in the fae world out of my own imagination! It is so much fun to do! I did not intend for it to be a finished drawing. But creatures in the fae world are tricky with us humans sometimes! So I ended up listening to them tell me what they wanted happening.

I hope you take a few minutes to look closely at what all is going on here! Most likely you will have to zoom in and look around. They were a fun bunch to spend creating over the last few days.

However, notice that none of them have wings. But many creatures in the fae world are not fairies, and not all fairies have wings. (Besides, there wasn’t any room for wings!)

I plan to put some of these characters into other drawings and paintings soon. The hardest part for me is always putting characters in a setting to tell a story without words. I am very interested to hear what YOU see happening here. Please leave a comment! Thank you.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Young Girl in Thought

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I sketched this girl in pencil whose photo was provided this week by our teacher, Lucy Cooke, in Let’sfaceit2020. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing clothes and tennis shoes, especially at this angle!

However, this is not the photo she chose to paint in acrylics for our class. That one is even harder! I began it yesterday and hope to finish today.

She painted in the style of Henri Matisse, who was a French artist in the early 1900s. I know very little about him except that he painted with very bright and bold colors! And he drew very simple faces. So I hope mine comes out okay!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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