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Portrait of a Girl in Pencil

 

Hello Friends!

Last week we had two mini lessons in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait group. There were two different teachers. One did a mixed media piece which I didn’t do. Lisa Filion did this piece on her iPhone with the app she teaches with. And, of course hers was in color, but I wanted to draw mine in pencil to keep in the practice of using graphite!

I drew the initial shapes with hard, light pencils. Then I used softer, darker pencils for the shading so I wouldn’t make my arm ache. That way, the pencils do more of the work, so to speak! I worked on it for several hours today, just getting lost in the drawing, which I absolutely love doing!

I am not doing this week’s acrylic portrait for now. The artist who did our watercolor portraits, Katrina Koltes, is starting to teach a different workshop called “Between the Realms” tomorrow which is all about fairies! We will be painting mostly in watercolors and using watercolor pencils to paint fairies in nature. We are even going to make magic wands with crystals, stones, and sticks! I can hardly wait to start!

This is part of what she said about the projects we will be doing. “There are 25+ videos in my workshop, including painting and craft sessions, guided meditations, spiritual projects, stories, and documentaries.”

It sounds so fun and interesting! I have always wanted to learn about the history of fairies (they are real, ya know!) 😉

I will have to go to town tomorrow to download all of the videos as I’m pretty sure we get them all at once so we can work at our own pace. It’s going to be so fun! Katrina is such a sweet lady.

Well, I hope everyone out there is staying safe and healthy!

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

 

Portrait of a Girl

 

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I am so excited that I completed this in about a half hour! I watched Ivy Newport do a portrait class called “Into the Blue” where she talks about Pablo Picasso’s “blue” period. I have to say that I had to trace the outline, though, because I couldn’t get her proportions right otherwise. Believe me…I tried!

I used a couple of watercolor pencils and some charcoal with water for this. I also did most of the painting with my nondominant hand! Anyway, I thought she was a beautiful Chinese girl when I printed this out a few years ago. I added most of her hat myself.

I have not begun any abstract painting yet…still reading the book. But I have some things in mind.

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

 

Art Journal Watercolors

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I completely forgot about these crazy critters I doodled earlier in the week! These are in my small homemade art journal. I believe I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils for these. So the mouse’s eyes are a little smudged.

This mouse is called a Fat Dormouse. It is called “fat” because it goes on a feeding frenzy before it hibernates for the winter. It is “found from northern Spain east through Central Europe and into Russia. It is also found on the islands of Sardina, Corsica, Sicily, Crete, and Corfu, and in Turkey and Iran.”

The crazy feathered critter is called a Hoatzin. It is a “unique bird found in northeastern South America, particularly in the rainforests formed by the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.” These birds live in colonies. They can also SWIM! They use their feet and wings to swim so they can escape vipers!

In case you’re wondering, I have these and MANY other wild creatures like them in a set of books we used years ago while homeschooling the kids. They are called “Wildlife Explorer.” I never finished getting all the cards to complete the set, but we got two binders full, so it was enough! I can’t find a date of publication either! I only know they were published by International Masters Publishers AB. So I am not sure if they are still available. The kids and I loved looking through them for hours, though! We all love animals. So eventually, there will be more to come. But I probably won’t use the pencils every time.

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

 

Mouse Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

I worked on this little mouse yesterday. But for now just decided to do it in pencil. I will do a watercolor of it some other day.

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

 

Deer Watercolors

 

 

Hello Friends!

This week I attempted to paint the deer I sketched a couple of weeks ago in watercolors. I used my Prisma watercolor pencils for these.

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

Backyard View

Hello Friends!

The other day it was warm enough to sit on the back patio and doodle.

I took my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and my art journal and sat in the sunshine! It was pretty nice, probably 60 degrees.

Later after some chores, I sat down and used a couple of brushes and added water to my doodle. This is just a portion of the view of our backyard trees. The lighter grass between the sky and green grass and orange leaves is a bit of the huge field behind the houses here.

Today there are four deer right behind the fence! It really is beautiful here in the fall even though it is December. We tend to get later winter weather here in Northern California.

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

 

Pandas and Bamboo!

Hello Friends,

I haven’t gotten to the cat painting yet, but last night I quickly sketched these goofy pandas and bamboo while I watched t.v. Yesterday I was feeling better, but not quite up to par enough to start a more serious project. So hopefully, today or tomorrow for sure.

I got out my Chinese paint brushes and ink and a piece of heavy watercolor paper last night to do these. But my little panda turned out too dark. So this morning I added a little white acrylic paint. However, now he looks like he’s in the shade! Ha, ha!! That’s okay. I guess if I added a lot more bamboo above him, it would fit.

This morning I worked on my leafy sea dragon article for my last assignment. I also went through the children’s marketing guide looking for magazines I could submit it to. It is frustrating when trying to fit a topic and word length with different magazines’ criteria. But that’s part of what I’ve been learning to do.

I am actually hoping my instructor will recommend that I can take another class called “Beyond the Basics.” I can’t take it unless she does. It is mostly writing articles for magazines and is more like working with an editor. The instructor takes on the roll of an editor working with a serious writer. My assignment is due in three weeks. So if she recommends me for the other course, I probably won’t start it until October when our daughter leaves for Australia.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am feeling so much better today. So I am going to exercise now.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon-Chinese Ink/Brush

Hello Friends, 

Just a quick sketch today of a leafy sea dragon. I did this with my Chinese brush and ink. It felt really good to draw this afternoon!

My husband and I had a great time with a couple we had lunch with on Saturday. They are from Louisiana and he was out here on business. His wife came with him so I went with George to meet them. I loved their accents so much! We had a great time and a wonderful lunch.

BUT! Sunday morning I came down with a bug and was sick until Monday night. No fun! I don’t think it was the food, though. I got a lot of reading done and watched a funny movie. But I think what helped the most was the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup! Seriously! I woke up this morning feeling all better!

So I went to the post office and mailed a package and letters to our son in the backcountry. He is doing well. I sent him some snacks and more notebook paper and envelopes. He has been so good about writing to us and all of his friends. We are so proud of him.

The next project I am planning to work on is a watercolor of a friend’s cat. I just haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I hope everyone is having a good week.

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

Leafy Sea Dragon Watercolor

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.

So here is my next Australian Leafy Sea Dragon! I used my Prismacolor watercolir pencils and opted to do a blue background for color contrast. Normally, it would be in darker waters amongst a big bed of seaweed to use as camouflage.

Speaking of Australia, our daughter found out she is getting to go to Melbourne in October to work for two months! Through the California Conservation Corps., she applied for the exchange program a couple of months ago and was selected to go! We are all super excited about this opportunity for her!

So I told her she needs to get an underwater camera and go snorkeling and look for these magnificent creatures! I was kidding of course, but if I was physically able to handle the long flight there and could afford to go, I would! Then I would do my own snorkeling!

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

Longsnout Seahorse Watercolor

Hello Friends,

Here is my first seahorse! I decided to spend this afternoon finishing this painting. We have a big end table that I can put all my paints and water and brushes on if I want to watch t.v. while I paint. I used to listen to music and sit at my art table, but that chair is kind of harder on me than the easy chair these days. Today I watched Shrek the Third! Ha, ha, ha! I still watch movies made for kids. Besides there are more jokes in them now that only most adults would get anyway.

I used my favorite bright colors which are Quinachridone Gold and Lemon Yellow. This is a longsnout seahorse. I really love how bright these are. Of course seahorses come in many many different colors, some have spikes and some are pygmy which are the very smallest ones.

Longsnouts reach a maximum of about seven inches. They are found in the Atlantic Ocean as far as the Mediterranean. I think all seahorses are just adorable. I mean how many other creatures look like a horse, have a monkey’s tail, and yet is a fish who swims in the ocean? Pretty cool, huh?

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

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