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House Elves in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

For the last few days I have been working on these two pages in my fairy journal. I put gold and silver paint on the collar of the girl’s cape, but in the picture it looks a little bit coppery in color.

This was a lot of fun. I also loved painting all the bugs and the little fairy at the top showing off her skirt. I love this workshop, because I am learning more about technique and not feeling like I have to draw and paint the exact thing as the instructor is doing. I have a few more paintings to do of fairies and elves from this workshop. And I want to take my time.

I am really enjoying this project even more than the portraiture class. I tend to get bored when I don’t have enough variety in what I am doing. So when I begin feeling this way, I have to change gears for awhile.

I am glad I know this about myself and can accept it. I spent too many years of my life getting down on myself for feeling bored and not finishing things that didn’t hold my interest over long periods of time. I figured it would happen with the portraiture class at about the halfway point. But that’s okay. As long as I get all the videos downloaded on my laptop, I can take as long as I need to complete it. That is the main thing that attracts me to this type of online class. I never let myself feel rushed or like I have to keep up with everyone else. It is very freeing!

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

 

Dryad Pencil Drawing

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to get the feel of drawing a Dryad which in the fairy world is a tree spirit.

I plan on drawing her again very lightly on watercolor paper so I can paint her. I don’t think she is going to be in my current fairy journal, but who knows? She may show up in a future one!

I hope everyone is well and has had a nice week.

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

 

Flower Fairy in my Fairy Journal

 

Hello Friends!

Today I finished my flower fairy. He even gave me this poem and said I could sign my name to it. (I think that was supposed to be a secret! Shhh…) But he hasn’t told me his name yet! I think he is a little fickle!

Here is the poem in case you can’t read it in the picture.

Mischief maker,
I am he.
Not a faker,
No, not me!

I am tricky,
So be on guard.
My hands are sticky,
So watch your yard!

By, Patsy Parker

All of my fairies seem to be mischevious!

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

 

Fairy Journal Forest Watercolor

 

 

Hello Friends!

This week I worked on these two pages in my fairy journal. Our lesson was to draw forest fairies. So I had a lot of fun with these.

The first one I wanted to draw was the one on the rope swing. Our daughter had one for years in a tree in our front yard. And one day when she was swinging, I took a picture of her up in the air like this. She always looked so happy while she was playing on that swing! When I was showing her all the fairies in this painting, I realized that the other one highest in the tree, whose body you can only see the lower half of, reminded me of our son when he used to climb trees.

It was fun taking time to think of different fairies to draw and to make the forest itself come to life. There really are no limits to the amazing gift of the imagination! Next I will be drawing and painting flowers and a portrait of a flower fairy from my imagination.

I am still taking a break from my portrait class, though. I am just really hooked on Katrina Koltes’s classes. I signed up for two more of hers which are both very short watercolor classes. I think I am just having so much fun learning from her that I want to eventually take everything she offers!

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

 

Fairy and Flowers Watercolor

 

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For the last few evenings I drew and painted this fairy on 140 lb. Winsor & Newton brand watercolor paper. I like it much better than any other paper of the same weight that I’ve tried.

In a new book I have called “The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible” by Linda Ravenscroft, she calls this fairy a Butterfly Fairy, because her wings resemble a peacock butterfly. The only thing I painted the same colors were the wings, but my pattern turned out differently. Also, I made my fairy’s skin pink and her clothes yellow.Β  I made the daisy she is sitting on a lavender instead of white, too. I also didn’t paint the scenery around her the same as the author’s example.

This book was created to teach others how to draw fairies, their clothes, and environments. It is filled with small templates of the different poses for them. She also shares what colors she used to paint hers. What is fun, though, is that there are several other fantasy creatures in the book. A few are: Spriggan, Dryad, Gnome, Sylph, Goblin, and several other types of fairies.

So I am planning on having lots of fun drawing and painting fantasy creatures as well as doing portraits for my class this year. It is something I was doing many years ago and wish I had stuck with.

This week I tried drawing my portrait assignment in charcoal and ink as instructed, but it came out looking all wrong. So at some point I may try it again. I am finding I don’t like charcoal and ink much. In fact, I am considering painting the rest of the portraits in watercolor. I forgot just how much I love this medium more than all the others I have done! And I think I may be getting to the point of wanting to stick to just one painting medium now to hopefully become much better at it.

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

 

Fairy Journal Pages in Watercolor

And a close-up of this mischevious fairy

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this 2-page spread in my fairy journal. I had a few new Daniel Smith Watercolor colors to try out. It was relaxing and fun. I wanted it to look kid-friendly since maybe someday we will have grandkids I can read to and do art with. I really miss those days of home-schooling our kids when they were grade school aged.

I have so much of my art saved from all these years of doing it, that I think I may just make my own art journals instead of doing big pieces on canvas from now on. But I do have quite a few blank canvases to use up for the course of Let’sfaceit2020 over the rest of this year. I just don’t want to invest in anymore. I can still paint with acrylics in journals and on smaller thicker paper, so my paint won’t go to waste either.

I am going to start on this week’s portrait today which is going to be in pencil, charcoal, and India ink. It should be interesting!

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

 

Portrait of a Girl with her Spirit Animal

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Yesterday, I drew and painted this portrait for my class, Let’s Face It 2020. Our instructor wasΒ Melanie Rivers, a lovely Native American artist in Canada.

Melanie works primarily in acrylics, using Golden’s Open Acrylics, which I have never tried. She says they dry slower than regular acrylics. She primarily paints portraits of women which is what she loves to do most.

In this week’s lesson she painted her portrait onto a deer skin drum which her husband made! I didn’t have one, so I used my daughter’s octagon-shaped dinner plate to trace around and cut out. The sides aren’t even, but that’s okay. I added the Spirit Animal of the Sea Turtle since I haven’t painted one in a while and I chose different colors for it which I think go nicely with her coloring.

As you may notice, I also decided to paint it in watercolors instead of acrylics since I was using 300 lb. watercolor paper and had to cut out the shape.

I have downloaded my video lessons for my next fairy painting class, Between the Realms with Katrina Koltes.Β However, I am just going to do the reading for the fairy session today. IΒ need to take a break from doing art and exercise! I have been sitting too much this week!

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

 

 

Fairy Journal Cover

 

 

Hello Friends!

Today I made the cover (front and back) for my fairy journal. First, to make the actual journal, I had to fold and sew my pieces of watercolor paper together. Then I glued cut cardboard pieces on the front and back. Next I glued the pink ribbon on to the outside of the binding and covered the whole thing with the flowery wrapping paper and tied the ribbon in a bow before gluing it to the side. Then after a few attempts, I finally painted a little girl fairy in a circle with watercolors, cut the circle out, and glued her to the cover.

I then put pink flowery washi tape around the circle. Lastly, I used a stencil to draw and cut a butterfly out of some yellow polka dotted wrapping paper and glued it in the upper left-hand corner. I also cut a few tiny green leaves from some other washi tape and accented the butterfly.

I think it came out okay, and now I feel anxious to get started painting inside of it! One of the first projects after making the journal is to write a little letter to our fairy as an invitation for her or him to visit us.

This workshop is really stretching my imagination for sure! But it is pretty fun to do and to see what others do as well.

Here is a close-up of my fairy.

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

 

 

Earth Mother in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to do a project I have had for awhile now. It is from one of Melanie Rivers’s videos. Her website is atΒ https://www.melanierivers.ca/

I did my own background, but used her facial pose. This took me longer than I thought it would, because I kept getting the angle of her features wrong, but I think she looks good now.

I also gave her a pendant with the rune calledΒ Uruz, also known as Ur,Β which means “brute strength.” Keywords that go with it are: strength, health, power, energy, endurance, and creative force.

I thought it was fitting for our times, because these are qualities many of us need right now. So I thought I would encourage you with some positive vibes for today.

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

 

 

Flower-Eyed Fairy Finished!

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Today I decided to finish my fairy watercolor painting. It was relaxing and fun.

Then it turned into a mixed media piece when I decided to add some gold acrylic accents and silver star stickers. I really enjoyed painting this one!

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

 

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