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Degas’s “Dancers in Pink”

Hello Friends,

I have finally redone one of my favorite paintings of Degas’s ballerinas.  I have only done this one in pastels which is in a previous post.  So…here it is in watercolors.

I have a small print of this painting.  I used tracing paper and my lightboard to trace the main outlines for accurate proportions.  Then I transferred it to 300 lb. watercolor paper.  The heavier the paper, the better my paintings usually turn out.

Then I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and other watercolor paints to render my copy of this painting.

I had to wait until I came to town today to post this, because I couldn’t get the picture uploaded from my phone!!  Very frustrating living out in the sticks sometimes.

I am going to be talking with my doctor today about the highs and lows I have been experiencing in the last few months, so hopefully he can figure something out.

I want to thank those of you who have been praying for me.  I really appreciate it.  Hopefully I will finish my article this week!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.  😊

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Ballet Shoes Watercolors

Hello Friends,

Sometimes I just get bored working on sea turtles or animals and have to do something different for a change.  What???  Yes it is true.   For a long time I have had this idea to paint some ballet dancers’ shoes in watercolor.  These were pretty quick sketches I did earlier in the week.  I didn’t use a good grade of paper so they look a little washed out but it was just practice.  I am also going to have more ballet dancers to post soon.

 

 

I have still been working on my article assignment and plan to turn it in this week.  I asked for a two week extension, because I have been having trouble deciding exactly how I want to approach my favorite topic of sea turtles.  Picking one thing to write about them has been difficult!  Plus, writing about them on a level for young children isn’t so easy either!  So when I feel stuck, I move on to something completely different to do which is usually art.  I am finding that I love drawing and painting much more than writing.

I have also been struggling with a long bout of depression that came on a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t really want to go into the “whys” of it; I’m not sure I could pinpoint them anyway.  However, I am on the upward climb out of this hole.

On top of that we learned this week that an old friend of ours was killed in the line of duty in his job as a security guard.  He was 70 years old and was trying to help a woman who was getting attacked in a parking garage where he worked.  He was beaten by the attacker and his injuries were too severe for him to survive.  It is very sad.  Karl was a sweet man.  He moved away a few years ago but didn’t keep in touch with us.  I have missed him since he left, but am glad left this world trying to do the right thing and he is finally resting in peace with his Savior.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

Ballerina With Sheer Outfit

HERE IS THE 9×12 ACRYLIC I DID OF THE BALLERINA IN A SHEER, FLOWING OUTFIT. THIS WAS A LOT OF FUN. THE BACKGROUND IS ALL BLACK, BUT THE LIGHT I HAD ON WHEN I TOOK THE PICTURE KIND OF HIGHLIGHTS IT. NICE!

Ballerina Looking Up

Ballerina Looking Up Close-up

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, AND GIVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE A BIG HUG. 🙂

Flowing Ballerina

Ballerina Looking Up

I really love this pose and hope I will be able to do it justice! I have this image on acrylic canvas paper now and am planning on trying it in acrylics first. Sorry that the photo isn’t the greatest, but I didn’t want it to be traced too darkly so the pencil on the canvas paper doesn’t show up real well.

I found this picture in some type of ballet brochure I received in the mail years ago and saved. I traced it and enlarged it several sizes. Her outfit appears very sheer which I am hoping to be able to convey.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂

Swan Lake ballerinas to come!

Ballerina On Knee

Ballerina Male

These are a couple of tracings I did out of a children’s book of Swan Lake that I found at the library a few weeks ago. I am planning to do watercolors of these. The first sketch will be my first male ballerina!

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

Gothic Ballerinas #2

Gothic Ballerinas 2

This is the second painting I did on Thursday very quickly as you can probably tell!  I love the way the yellow of the dresses turned out on the black canvas which is actually an old painting I didn’t like that I repainted black over so I could experiment with a black canvas.  I couldn’t figure out how to get the images of the sketches onto the black canvas, though, so I had to eyeball them.  That’s why the arms turned out funny on the third figure! Her right arm is quite long! 🙂 Also, I only did three of the sketches I had.  The fourth figure is in the watercolor painting I already posted.

This was another learning experience for sure! My daughter loves this one, and after a while I have come to love it also.

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

Ballerina Twirling – Watercolor

Here is the first painting I did on Thursday using the drawings I had done. I was trying to put her in four positions to look as if she is twirling. However, I didn’t think of it until later that I should have put a tutu on her like I thought to do on the Gothic ballerinas! Oh well. Also, I really dislike the color of blue I chose for the background. I forgot that this color of blue called “Prussian Blue” is very staining, so it is just about impossible to lift out once it is laid on the paper! UGH! Anyway, I became so frustrated with it that I threw it in the garbage! (I fished it back out, though, because I have used it mixed with other blues for some cool looking waters in the past.) It just wasn’t a good choice for this. I even tested it out watered down a lot on a piece of scrap paper before I used it, but it just still wasn’t what I really wanted.

So….this is why I opted to paint her outfit in orange which is the complement of blue, so I do like that aspect of the painting. I am just chalking this up to a great learning experience!

Ballerina Twirling

Close-up of First Position:

Ballerina First Position

Close-ups of the rest:

Ballerina on pointe

Ballerina Turning

Ballerina Fully Turned Around

Degas Copies

Here are the quick sketches I did a few days ago just eyeballing some of the Degas photos I was studying in a book I found at the library. I used my Prismacolor Watercolor pencils.

Degas copy

Degas Copies in Yellow

Degas copy 2

Degas – His paintings, his life.

Degas ballerinas Degas dancer-seated-study-1872 Degas three-dancers-in-purple-skirts

Hello, and happy Friday!  I have been reading about Edgar Degas this week and trying to do watercolor sketches of of some of his work.  I don’t have them photographed yet to post, but here is an article in Wikipedia about him if you would like to learn about him.  Here is the link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas  

He was a very serious artist, even going as far as rejecting his father’s wish for him to become a lawyer.  In fact, he spent most of his time out doing artwork rather than studying law!  😉  These three images I found on Google.com of some of his dancers that he is famous for are ones I had never seen before.  I’ve seen a few images of his “Blue Dancers,” but not this one with the three ladies in that particular pose.

What I love about these paintings are the way he could depict the human body so simply and beautifully.  His colors are striking in the first one here with the pinks and yellows.  Yesterday I did an acrylic of a dancer trying to show her twirliing.  She has a yellow dress on, however, I cannot do faces in acrylics yet, so she looks a bit gothic again.  Oh well, practice, practice, practice I always say!   I will probably post it soon.  I also did a watercolor of the same poses in different colors, but I definitely used the wrong color for the background, and I really don’t like it at all.  You probably will never see it!  HA!   😉

Well, in the meantime, while I get my paintings ready to post, take the time to read about Edgar Degas and view his many paintings on Google.com.  I have come to love his work very much.

Also, Happy Mother’s Day early to all of my blogging friends who are mothers or who have wonderful mothers!  I still miss my mom greatly; she has been gone for nine years now.  I actually made a request for a gift this year which I don’t do every year.  In a magazine I saw a book review on a new book about Van Gogh and his letters which I am looking forward to reading very much.  I love his work so much.  What I love most is that he truly painted in his own style which is something I am stilly working on developing for myself!

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

 

Ballerinas are in progress

Hello everyone.  Just letting you know that I am in the process of drawing and painting a ballerina twirling.  It is in progress at the moment on my desk…at home.  Can’t get to it until tomorrow.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.

Tomorrow there will be a post of a different color so to speak.  I hope you enjoy it!  In the meantime, here’s something too cute to feast your eyes on!  I found it real quick on Google.  Aren’t these little ones adorable??

ballerina toddlers

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

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