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Self-Portrait!

 

Hello Friends!

I began working on this drawing on Monday this week and finished it last night. This is my very favorite picture of myself. I was just 3 years old! My mom had this taken of me in a photo studioΒ  back then. So the photo I have is an 8×10 which made it pretty easy to draw from.

Yesterday I got some air dry clay and sculpting tools in the mail. I am excited about playing with all of it today. I have never used sculpting tools before, so it is always exciting to learn something new. I think this is why I never get bored anymore.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

Black Woman in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

This is a portrait I worked on for a few days. I found the picture of this beautiful black woman on Unsplash.com a few months ago, but I put it aside with some others I found back then. Her skin and features just struck me as exotic.

I may try to do this one in another medium, too, at some point. Doing pencil work makes my neck sore more than painting. I think I lean to one side without realizing it, because I am usually watching t.v. in the evenings when I am sketching. But the good news is that the shoulder I had fixed last November doesn’t hurt at all. That still amazes me!

I hope everyone is doing well! Take time out to be creative! My daughter has gotten into making earrings to eventually sell online. She gave me a pair, and they are beautiful! It’s fun to see her excited about something. She starts back to college online next week and is taking five classes! We are very proud of her.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Profile in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!Β 

This week our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Juna Biagioni again. She used a pastel pencil on smooth Bristol paper, but I just wanted some practice drawing a profile

I am currently working on another profile portrait in pencil of a beautiful African American woman whose picture I found on Unsplash.com. It’s a great website to find copyright-free pictures that people can use for art. Most of the art instructors who teach these classes also get their reference photos from Unsplash.com.

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

 

 

Profile Portrait in Acrylics

 

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I finished this portrait on Friday night. I wanted to get it done so I could stay caught up in Let’sFaceIt2020. (I can hardly believe I just finished Week #30! And our instructor was Larissa West again. I really like her.) Also, I wanted to get this one done so I can get back to working on my BIG portrait of “The Red Shoes!”

As you may know if you’ve been visiting my blog for awhile, my favorite colors are the complementary colors of purple and yellow. So I decided to do something really different with this one, and it was fun! Anyway, as far as complementary colors go, I also love blue and orange, but red and green, not so much. When I see them, I automatically think about the holidays! πŸ˜‰

I am amazed how fast this year seems to be going for me in spite of the pandemic. I am just staying busy with my art, exercise, and chores. Plus watching through a few old t.v. series’.

I hope everyone’s week went well and you are staying healthy. I decided to change the last line of my blog posts since I didn’t think it is a good idea to encourage hugging so much right now. So…until next time…

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

Dryad Clay Sculpture

Front view

Back view

 

Hello Friends!

This week for Week #29 of Let’sFaceIt2020 Christine Romero showed us how to mold a figure out of clay. I happened to have just enough clay to mold a DRYAD!

Forming her arms and hands and branches was difficult. This was quite challenging but really fun! I enjoyed the process of sculpting. Eventually, I want to get more clay in a neutral color like Christine used and get some sculpting tools.

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

 

 

Young Girl in Acrylics

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this painting. It is an 11×14 acrylic on canvas. This was for this week’s portrait for #Let’sFaceIt2020.

Lucy Cooke was our instructor. She painted in the colors that Henri Matisse used a lot. Hers had more black and blue, but after looking at some of his work, I wanted to go a little bolder and brighter. I really enjoed the challenge of the angles. The photo we painted from was of a girl just sitting on the floor in a library I think. But the background was too busy, so I made up my own. This was a lot of fun!

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

 

Young Girl in Thought

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I sketched this girl in pencil whose photo was provided this week by our teacher, Lucy Cooke, in Let’sfaceit2020. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing clothes and tennis shoes, especially at this angle!

However, this is not the photo she chose to paint in acrylics for our class. That one is even harder! I began it yesterday and hope to finish today.

She painted in the style of Henri Matisse, who was a French artist in the early 1900s. I know very little about him except that he painted with very bright and bold colors! And he drew very simple faces. So I hope mine comes out okay!

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

 

Little Girl in Mixed Media

 

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I can hardly believe that this is Week #27 of Let’sfaceit2020 already! Our teacher this week was Maria Pace-Wynters again whom I love! She is a wonderful mixed media artist!

The picture she provided for us is of her daughter taken when she was seven. She is so cute! I did her hair a little differently and I didn’t use all the same colors Maria used. I wanted to brighten it up so I used my yellow acrylic ink. I used India ink for the outline and acrylic inks for the rest. And I added the washi tape in the corners for some contrast. I created this one on 9×12″ Bristol smooth surface paper. And I also noticed I drew her an extra finger on her right hand! Ha ha!

This project rekindled my love for mixed media. So who knows what I may do next!

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

 

Woman in Brush Pens

Hello Friends!

I went crazy with this portrait. The instructor in my Let’sfaceit#2020 class was Jennifer Bonneteau for Week #25. She is the same instructor that I did my Frida Kahlo portrait in acrylics with.

However, I haven’t watched her videos for this one yet. She gave us the photo in black and white and a picture of her finished painting in acrylics. But I decided to draw mine in pencil on Bristol paper and use my Arteza Brush Pens to go a little crazy with the colors! It was a lot of fun, but drawing this pose was really challenging! I do plan to do this again on canvas in acrylics at some point. I think I may have signed up for too many free classes right now! But as I have said before, I just work at my own pace anyway!

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

 

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

This is a small watercolor I did for this week’s lesson, Week #24 with Pauline Agnew, for Let’sFaceIt2020.

This one didn’t take long, but this is my second attempt which turned out much better than my first!

It is on a 5×7″ sheet of watercolor paper. The three colors I used are: L’Aquarelle Paynes Gray and Daniel Smith’s “Moonglow” and “Quinacridone Coral.”

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

 

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