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Abstracts in Mixed Media

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The other day I got some canvases of different sizes in the mail. So I decided to do three that could be separate or put together as one big abstract. This was mostly an experiment playing with shape and color.

Each canvas is 10″x20.” And doing them one at a time instead of doing one big 30″x20″ canvas made it easier to decide what I wanted to do.

I began the left and right panels by making the sweeping strokes with charcoal. Then I went over it with alcohol which sets it and spreads it. I let that dry, then went over it with matte medium.

Then I painted with black gesso to make the strokes darker. I mixed the back gesso with some white gesso to put some neutral color in.

Then I mixed some red and orange and used a sea sponge to make the big rounded marks. I used a different sponge to mix the pre-made orange and added some yellow to make the half circle marks.

I used a small metal palette knife and stirred up some teal and slung the dots on, then dipped the knife into the teal and pressed its shape a few times around the top and bottom corners.

For the middle panel, I just brushed on some red, then a few orange streaks in between the red, then used the tip of my brush to touch on what looks like a base for the streaks. Next I used the palette knife in the teal to sling some onto the top. Lastly, I used some yellow on a small round sponge attached to a stick to streak the yellow at the top going across each one to make a half circle.

This was crazy fun! However, I forgot to do it left-handed. Ha ha!! 😂

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

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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It has been quite a while since I have posted anything. I did this little 4″x4″ sea turtle a few minutes ago. I already had the background painted on the canvas with acrylics. So I decided to put something on it.

I used charcoal and oil pastels for the turtle and waves. Then I used molding paste to add some texture and lift to the waves.

Our family has had a tough week. We had to put our 17-year-old dog, Brownie, to sleep on Tuesday afternoon. She just couldn’t get around anymore and kept losing weight. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. We buried her in our backyard that evening. It was a sad night.

Lastly, we are expecting our power company to turn our power off again this afternoon, and we don’t know for how long. There are going to be high winds and high humidity, so they are cutting it to prevent fires. But we are prepared. And at least now we have water since the hatchery has a generator for the well.

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

 

 

 

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!) 😉

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

 

Abstract Triangles in Oil Pastels

 

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Here is an abstract I drew with oil pastels the other night. The book I mentioned in an earlier post talks about different shapes you can use in compositions, the triangle being one, along with L-shaped, diagonal, etc. Debora Stewart does say to never do diagonals from corner to corner, though, which is exactly what I did with washi tape in one of my recent goth ballerina mixed media pieces. But I still like mine and I think the positions I have the ballerinas in balances out the “division” of the canvas. But I do understand what she is saying.

I also know I went a little crazy with these triangles, and it is a “busy” piece. But I was “in the zone” and was mostly doing a color study. The pastel paper I used was light blue, so the colors came out either darker or too light, in the case of the yellows. Then lastly, I drew in the squiggles.

I hope everyone has had a great week and will enjoy your weekend!

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

 

Portrait of a Girl

 

Hello Friends!

I am so excited that I completed this in about a half hour! I watched Ivy Newport do a portrait class called “Into the Blue” where she talks about Pablo Picasso’s “blue” period. I have to say that I had to trace the outline, though, because I couldn’t get her proportions right otherwise. Believe me…I tried!

I used a couple of watercolor pencils and some charcoal with water for this. I also did most of the painting with my nondominant hand! Anyway, I thought she was a beautiful Chinese girl when I printed this out a few years ago. I added most of her hat myself.

I have not begun any abstract painting yet…still reading the book. But I have some things in mind.

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

 

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! 😀

 

 

Ballerinas in Oil Pastels

 

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Today I finished this oil pastel drawing of Degas’s “Dancers in Pink and Green.” My rendition is much brighter than his original. But I really love how vivid these oil pastels are! I used lots of colors! But I especially love the green and pink!

I hope everyone has a great week!

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! 😀

 

 

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