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Ballerina in Soft Pastels

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I drew this ballerina with my soft pastels the other night. I used a gray pastel paper just to see how these colors would show up. I didn’t draw her right leg correctly, but for some reason I just couldn’t manage to shape it right! I also couldn’t get her arms to show up as much as I wanted to.

I felt frustrated with how chalky these soft pastels are! I am not sure I like them much. Oil pastels are easier to draw with for me, but I will practice some more with the soft ones. I may try using them with charcoal. I don’t feel a great need to “master” the medium of pastels, but these were given to me from a friend, so I had to try them out. (She doesn’t care for pastels at all, so I know she will understand!) 😉

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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!

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

 

 

“Dancer with a fan” by Degas

 

 

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This is another of my renditions of a Degas dancer. I did something that he did in his sketches a lot. I left the first markings I drew where I had placed her left arm. Then I corrected it somewhat. This is just a sketch in my art journal.

I am enjoying studying Degas’s work and reading about his life and work.

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

 

 

 

Ballerinas in Oil Pastels

 

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The other day I decided to start playing with my oil pastels some more. This is my rendition of Degas’s “Blue dancers.” I didn’t get enough of their skin tones in, though. also I did a blue background, whereas his background has more oranges and greens and a few faint images of ballerinas dressed in orange.

I am finding this medium to be challenging which I enjoy. I have done a couple more renditions of his ballerinas that will be in upcoming posts.

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

 

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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!

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Gothic Ballerinas-Mixed Media #2

 

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It took me a couple of nights to figure out how to draw these ballerinas from one of the dances in Swan Lake. I watched the dance from a production of the ballet on Youtube. When I saw them posed in this way, I paused it and did a rough sketch of them. Then I worked out how to draw them the size I wanted for the 12″x12″ canvas.

After I finished the drawing, I turned it over and used charcoal to color over the outlines of the dancers. Then I put that side down on the white canvas and drew over the drawing with pencil so it would transfer the charcoal to the canvas. And once I outlined it darker on the canvas, I did the painting in acrylics mixed with gloss mefium so it would be somewhat transparent to let the washi tape show through. I had already prepared the canvas with it before.

I was going to paint it with the same colors as my first one, but I ended up painting over most of the teal blue background with purple, streaking it to look like curtains, but leaving the yellow for stage lighting. And after I painted the ballerinas white, I decided to leave the washi tape on the canvas unpainted for their dresses.

I wanted to use the quinacridone magenta again, too, which made a bright stage. Then below that I painted the purple mixture over the magenta and put gray spots down for the “heads” in the audience.

I really had a lot of fun with this one!!

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

 

 

Degas Practice in Charcoal #3

 

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Yesterday I received a small paperback book I ordered called “Degas Drawings of Dancers-47  Plates” that was published by Dover Publications, Inc., in 1999. The book is 44 pages, because three pages have two small plates on each one.

There is a one-page Publisher’s Note about Degas written by Kathy Casey at the beginning. Then each page is one sketch (or two) of his ballerinas.

This ballerina that I copied is on the cover as well as page four. It is called “Young Dancer in Fifth Position.” It originally measured 17.5 x 12 in. and was drawn (ca. 1878-80.)

In case you aren’t familiar with 5th Position in ballet, here is a definition:  Fifth Position in ballet is a position of the legs and feet where one foot is placed in front of the other, with the toes of the front foot aligned with the heel of the back foot.

I took ballet in my 30’s, but not long enough to be able to stand like that! It is amazing to me that anyone can! I enjoyed it very much, but it became expensive at the time, and the teacher I had was not teaching any other adults then, so I was in a class with teens and a couple of middle-school girls! But they were all sweet and encouraging. The teacher was strict, though! Anyway, those are fond memories for me. I think this is another reason I enjoy drawing ballerinas so much!

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

 

Degas Copy in Charcoal

 

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A couple of days ago I tried to “eyeball” another copy of a Degas ballerina painting. I didn’t worry too much about shading in all of the background, though.

My proportions are better, but getting their faces accurate didn’t work out so well. But that’s okay! I am definitely just practicing!!! And I don’t believe “practice makes perfect!” Nothing and no one’s art or anything else is perfect. So I like to say PRACTICE MAKES YOU BETTER at whatever you attempt to do! When I began to really think and believe this, everything, including my art, has gotten better!!

Yesterday the weather turned hot again, but hopefully it won’t last long. This has been such a nice summer, and I hope fall will last awhile before winter sets in. I hope everyone is having a nice week.

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

 

Ballerina Toe Shoes

 

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On Sunday I found this drawing I drew several years ago with Prismacolor watercolor pencils. I don’t know why I didn’t finish it then, but since most of it was already done, I decided to just fill in the color and add a floor background. It was easy and quick. I don’t have to bare down with these pencils. When I paint water over the color, I can always pencil into it while it’s wet if I want it darker.

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

 

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