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Hello friends.  Yes, here I am again in costume (after Halloween!)   You may wonder what is going on with me these days…or not.  Either way, the day after Halloween the kids and I and my son’s girlfriend went to the local Halloween store to browse around for bargains.  Well, as you can see, I found some green tights, a cape, a black skirt with bats on it, a witch hat and green face makeup.  I wish I had gotten a better close-up of the skirt, but I still may do that at some point.  Anyway…..

Perhaps you hate the character of the Wicked Witch of the West, but I have always loved the way the actress Margaret Hamilton played her.  I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz every year on television.  It was the one movie I looked forward to every year and made sure I never missed.  However, my kids never took a liking to it, so needless to say I haven’t seen it that much in the last twenty years, but I do pop in the DVD my husband gave me several years ago for a gift every now and then.

What do I love about this character?  Well, she is one of the best antagonists I have seen portrayed in the movies.  Dorothy has something she wants, and she is bound and determined to get those ruby slippers (even though they aren’t ruby in the book.)  I think most antagonists seem to have the attitude that someone has something they want and have convinced themselves they are entitled to it more than the protagonist is!   She does this well, and of course she tries to hurt Dorothy’s little dog and her friends in order to have some leverage over her.

Also, Margaret Hamilton does such a great witch voice!  “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!!”  That is one of my all-time favorite lines of hers.  In fact, for some reason, I remember most of HER lines more than any other characters in the movie.  I used to be able to talk and sing along with everyone in the movie and might still be able to do that even now!

So….since I am an avid reader and had never read the book growing up, I decided to buy it a few years ago and read it.  Oh how different it is…but you may have already known that.  I have to say that I like the movie much better and have no desire to ever read the book again or any of the other books in the Oz series.  I like all the changes they made with the characters for the movie adaptation!  I guess I am just too attached to how these great actors portrayed these characters so differently than L. Frank Baum wrote them!  But that is just me!!

Well, I am planning on experimenting with doing more makeup and possibly costuming soon.  It’s another way to try and express myself artistically I think.  I used to always want to do backstage help with plays but never pursued it.  I think it would be a lot of fun.  So it is something I am thinking about for the future once my daughter is done with her senior year.  There are a couple of local theater groups but for use they are still a 45 minute drive away and their schedules just don’t fit in with mine yet.  So in the meantime I will play around on my own!

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

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Halloween Laughs!

Hello and Happy Halloween!

I have just started on preparing for my next painting today that will be a gift for someone special.  I can’t say who until I send it to her and that may be a while from now.  I have been doing so much reading lately that I just hadn’t been able to get back into the swing of drawing and/or painting.  I have missed it, but hope to get back into it a lot more now that the holidays are approaching.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween this year!

Have a wonderful day and a spooky fun evening, and give someone you love a big hug!  In the meantime, have a few laughs, too!  🙂

P. S.  Here I am monkeying around!

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My First Fairyland!!!

Hello everyone! WordPress has been being a stinker at my house for some reason so I haven’t been on as much as I used to be. Every time I try to check comments, nothing loads. And I have not had time to get online when I am in town, because I try to go to the gym while my daughter is in classes. That’s another reason I haven’t been doing quite as much painting lately. The school year makes it harder to get to.

But this week my husband is off and he and my son are sharing the load of taking my daughter to her classes this week to give me some free time to work.

Soooo…….here is my latest painting. I realize this is a Spring scene, and we are less than two weeks away from Christmas, but this is what I have had in mind for a long time and didn’t want to wait until Spring to post it!

This is my first fairyland. It is done in acrylics. The pictures of it were difficult to take, though, because the canvas is long and skinny. It has been sitting with the drawing on the canvas since last week. I began painting it three days ago and finished with the last touches today. So bear with me as I sort of give it to you in pieces!

Here is a full shot as best as I could get. The “panoramic” feature on my camera is weird so I didn’t use it.

Fairyland

Close-up of the far left of the canvas…..

Fairyland far left

Close-up of the middle of the canvas……their dog resembles my dog, Brownie, I think. 🙂

Fairyland Middle

And…a close-up of the far right of the canvas…

Fairyland far right

There will be more fairies to come maybe and perhaps what I have in mind for a member of the family which is half sketched. I don’t know if it will be done by Christmas, but it is what I will be working on next. Can’t tell ya what it is though, just in case that someone in the family sees this! 😉

I hope everyone is having a relaxed Christmas season this year. 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!  🙂

 

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