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Picasso Inspired Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I spontaneously grabbed a 10 x 20″ canvas that I had painted a brownish beige in oils a few days ago. Then I got out my pastels, soft ones and oil pastels, picked out just a few colors, and began drawing lines and shapes.

First I used a black oil pastel and a soft chalky white one. Then I drew in the upper left corner with my orange oil pastel. After that I just started drawing various other body parts and began playing with the colors. Keeping the colors to a minimum and working on balancing them was fun!

Lastly, I used a paintbrush to swipe on some Hansa Yellow acrylic paint. Then I mixed some Pyrole red into the yellow and finished the painting with splashesΒ  of orange.

I had no specific plan or image in mind when I began which was why it was so fun! I just felt inspired by Picasso after doing some reading about him, so I just followed my nose.

Also, I learned late Monday that this post was my 1000th post on this blog! Wow!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚Β 

 

Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

 

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This is my portrait for this 37th week of Let’sFaceIt2020. Toni Burt was our teacher again.

This didn’t take very long. It was a mini lesson where she showed us how to use charcoal to block in a standing figure with basic shapes. It’s good practice for learning how to draw tha figure.

There have been two offers by new teachers for next year’s LFI2021 classes. They will be doing drawings in October. I decided to enter both even though I had planned not to do this again next year, ha ha!

But I decided to stick with it. Even if I don’t win it, I will still get it for half price while the offer is good! So that’s a plus.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Pastel of a Secretary Bird

 

Hello Friends!

Today I decided to do something I have been intending to do for a long time…draw (or paint) a Secretary Bird! They are funny looking for sure, especially in this pose!

An aquaintence on Facebook did just the face of one which is wild looking depicting the crazy week she had! So I told her I have been wanting to do one for awhile now. So she encouraged me saying she can’t wait to see mine.

I love how artists who have never met in person can become friends with others all over the world and share our art and inspire each other! It’s so fun!

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

 

 

Pastel on Paper

 

Hello Friends!

Here is another pastel I have been working on. This is my rendition of a pastel Degas did on tracing paper called “Woman seen from behind, drying her hair.”

I drew mine in soft and oil pastels on drawing paper, measured at 10.5″ x 11″.

It was a challenge trying to get the layers of colors the way I wanted them.

I am off to physical therapy today…my shoulder is getting better every day

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

 

 

Pastel of Another “Combing the Hair”

 

Hello Friends!

This is another rendition I did of one of the manyΒ  pastels Degas painted of women combing their hair. I like these works just as much as his ballerina paintings. I love how soft he could make them look but also put bold dark line work in certain places as well.

One of these days I am going to begin doing my own drawings from portraits of real people when I gain a little more confidence. I also know it is not “cheating” to trace just the main outlines of a face or body, because sometimes it is easier than eyeballing a photo to try to get the proportions correct.

In other news our daughter put up the Christmas tree for us today. So the living room is a little brighter now.

I went to physical therapy yesterday and was told I am progressing well. I am doing my exercises daily and still have my arm in the sling. I think it will be on for another week or two, but I can hardly wait for when I won’t need it anymore!

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

 

 

Pastel Rendition of a Degas

 

Hello Friends!

I played around with my soft and oil pastels last week. I did this one early last week which is called “Group of Dancers” by Edgar Degas. In some of his pastels, his images are almost ghostly looking. Some of them have blurred line work which I love.

I will be posting another I drew of a different pastel he did later this week. I am still drawing left-handed and will be for quite some time. I started physical therapy this week and will go twice a week for a couple of months, then increase to three times a week later on.

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

 

“Russian Dancer” in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

This is my rendition of a Degas which he originally drew in pastel and charcoal on tracing paper. It is called “Russian Dancer.”

However, this morning I drew mine in my sketchbook with black pen, soft pastels, and oil pastels. It was quite fun!

I am going on three weeks of recovery from my shoulder surgery. I am doing well. We had another power outage this week, but fortunately, it was only for about 30 hours. I hope everyone has had a great week.

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

 

 

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