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Published Again!

 

Hello Friends!

Today I received a nice surprise in the mail! I wrote this article called “Turtle Troubles” a couple of years ago for a children’s magazine writing class. And now it has been published! The first article I wrote for the same class was called “Dragons Down Under” about Leafy Sea Dragons which was published in 2019 for this same magazine. I was also able to provide an ink drawing of one to be included in the article.

After that was published, I told the editor I had written a second article about some of the dangers that sea turtles face every day. So she asked me to send it, and also accepted my drawing of a diving sea turtle which is included in the article as well.

I had forgotten about this since she had approved it to be published in the Spring issue this year. But then the pandemic hit, so everything was delayed. I haven’t heard from the editor since February, so I had no idea they were up and running again. That’s what made receiving it in the mail today so fun!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Ink

 

Hello Friends!

It has been quite a while since I posted! I hope you are all doing well.

I painted this last week for Week 45 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Christine Romero. We began our unit for drawing two figures.

I just finished the portrait for Week 46 today which I will post tomorrow. Then it is on to Week 47! The class is almost over already!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Marilyn Monroe in Ink and Watercolor #2

 

Hello Friends!

This morning i decided to paint Marilyn Monroe again. I drew her lightly in pencil first last night. Then I decided to paint her in watercolor and added India ink to her features. And I used acrylic inks for her shirt.

I used a picture of her from when she was older than in the last painting I did of her. I enjoyed doing this one even more because her hair was styled differently, and part of her arms and hand are showing as well. I also really like the gold color of her shirt.

I have been considering doing a series of ink and watercolor portraits soon. I just can’t decide whether I want to do a series of a famous person or an unknown person.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Marilyn Monroe in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to paint a young Marilyn Monroe using ink and watercolor since I remembered how much I liked using these two mediums together after I did this week’s lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020.

I didn’t use as much ink in this one especially not the thick lines I can get with my felt calligraphy-tipped pen. But that’s because I wanted a much softer look to this portrait.

This was fun, and there may be more to come!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Deanna Strachan-Wilson. She provided us with a PDF file only instead of a video for this week’s mini lesson.

Our mediums were black ink pens of different thicknesses and watercolors. We painted on Vellum Bristol paper. Mine is 100 lb. weight paper which is a nice paper to do mixed media on. It is smooth and just the right thickness. This was a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Jack and the Giant

 

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This is a drawing I did over the last couple of nights. I recently found a small booklet called “Rackham’s Fairy Tale Illustrations” that was put together and edited by Jeff A. Menges and published in 2002.

When I was a little kid in the 1960s, I know I saw Arthur Rackham’s illustrations in old books of Grimm’s fairy tales. He also did illustrations for other books such asย Snowdrop and Other Talesย andย Hansel and Grethel and Other Tales both published in 1920.

I find it interesting that Menges says, “Creatures of fantasy, legend, and fairy tales represented the core of Rackham’s output. His imaginative interpretations of witches, elves, giants, and fairies have influenced many of the images that have been produced ever since.” This is exactly what I have been hoping to do – create fairy tale images from MY imagination!

My drawing is a combination of my own imagination and copying Rackham’s giant from his illustration from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” However, as you can see from his illustration, I changed mine quite a bit! For instance, my giant doesn’t have animals hanging from his belt!

My perspective is different, because I wanted the giant to be looking down at a hole in his floor where Jack is climbing up the beanstalk which, of course, did not happen in the written story. But this is my version! There’s a lot about the angle that isn’t perspectively correct, but I actually hadn’t planned on it being a finished drawing. I was just sketching in ink and then decided to use my brush pens to add the color. But it was too fun to keep it to myself!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portraits in Pen & Ink

Hello Friends!

Today I did Lesson 5 of the Let’sFaceIt2020 portraiture classes. Our instructor, Lucy Cooke, demonstrated using ink with twigs, a paint brush, and pens with nibs, all dipped in ink.

I really tried to draw with twigs, but the end results were disastrous! Then I tried the pen with a couple of different sized nibs. Those ended up in the circular file as well.

So I got out a small paint brush and ended up with six little portaits on 4″x6″ cards. I decided they were enough for one afternoon. I love experimenting with different drawing tools, but twigs felt weird!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Portrait in Brush Pens

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I decided to play around with my Faber Castell Pitt portrait-colored pens. I also used my CalliCreative Duotip colored calligraphy pens to add the red, blue, and his brown hair.

I did not intend for this to come out so bold, but I kinda like it. The portrait I drew from is pretty dark around the face, so I brightened up the background by completely changing the color of it and his clothes.

I am excited to begin my online portraiture classes tomorrow! I have SO much to learn!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Degas in Pen and Ink


 

Hello Friends!

I did a couple of Degas drawings in pen & ink with my left hand five days after my surgery because I was so bored!!! I will post the other one another day. Then today I just drew another one with pen & ink and charcoal which I will also post another day.

I am doing well. I have not needed any pain medication since Saturday night. I have quite a few pain pills left, though, which I am sure will come in handy once I begin going to physical therapy for my shoulder. Also, I have been even more thankful for our adjustable bed, because I have had to sleep sitting up with the sling on. Until next time…

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Mixed Media Llama – Step 1

Hello Friends!

This is a 12″x12″ canvas covered in a variety of Washi tapes. The next step will be covering it with clear Gesso. Then I will draw a llama (or two) on it and paint it. Not sure what else I may want to do to the background, though. I did get a couple of new colors of acrylic paint, though – “Golden Fluid Acrylics” in Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) and Hansa Yellow Light – which I am anxious to try! So this is my project this weekend!

I got the idea from Miriam Schulman in one of her classes but I am not doing it just like hers. I like to make mine more original which is what she encourages all of her students to do.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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