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Little Girl in Pastels

Hello Friends! 

A friend of mine recently gave me some used soft pastels. So…I just started doodling, and this is what happened!

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

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I did Week 44 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Sara Burch. She is a very sweet and creative artist.

First I used charcoal to lightly draw her face with charcoal onto an 11×14″ piece of Strathmore drawing paper.  used a nibbed pen and black India ink to darken the outline of her eyes, nose and mouth and darkened her eyebrows with very black charcoal.

Next I began adding color with Liquitex acrylic inks, chalk pastels, and some acrylic paints.

I used Turquoise Deep ink to create some shadow in her face and on her neck. Next I used Cerulean Blue ink to paint the background around her head. On her face I put a small amount of Transparent Raw Sienna ink in her eyelids, the sides of her nose, and on her forehead.

When that was almost dry, I used my rubber Catalyst and swept up and over the left side of her face. The raw sienna wasn’t quite dry, and made some cool marks!

Then I added more charcoal around her nose and mouth. I used a bright pink pastel pencil and a mixture of orange and white acrylics to accent her cheeks. I liked the orange, so I began adding some around her face to indicate hair, because I love orange and blue together! And I went crazy with her hair, so I threw on some gold ink for highlights!

I used white acrylic paint to highlight her face, neck, and shirt. Then I scribbled on some charcoal lines and a little Turquoise Deep with water to add some shadows in her shirt.

It was great to play and learn how these different mediums can interact with each other! I never know what will happen until I try something new. And that is what is so fun for me!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Conte Crayons and Pastels

 

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Yesterday I drew this portrait with some new conte crayons. They are a lot like charcoals and I picked these brown, rust and yellow colors which are interesting to me. I also blended in some white pastel. That’s all for today!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂 

 

Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

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Yesterday I drew this for Week 42 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Renee Mueller again, and this was her main lesson which took a few hours!

I used black and white charcoals for her figure. Then I colored her jacket with a blend of black, white, orange and beige soft pastels.

Lastly, I darkened the top corners of the drawing and whitened the areas around her head to give her a glowing effect.

Renee Mueller is a great teacher. This was a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Picasso Inspired Mixed Media

 

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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 splashes  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! 🙂 

 

Portrait in Charcoal and Pastels

 

Hello Friends!

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! 😀

 

Pastel of a Secretary Bird

 

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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! 😀

 

 

Pastel on Paper

 

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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! 😀

 

 

Pastel of Another “Combing the Hair”

 

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This is another rendition I did of one of the many  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! 😀

 

 

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! 😀

 

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