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Ballerina Twirling – Watercolor

Here is the first painting I did on Thursday using the drawings I had done. I was trying to put her in four positions to look as if she is twirling. However, I didn’t think of it until later that I should have put a tutu on her like I thought to do on the Gothic ballerinas! Oh well. Also, I really dislike the color of blue I chose for the background. I forgot that this color of blue called “Prussian Blue” is very staining, so it is just about impossible to lift out once it is laid on the paper! UGH! Anyway, I became so frustrated with it that I threw it in the garbage! (I fished it back out, though, because I have used it mixed with other blues for some cool looking waters in the past.) It just wasn’t a good choice for this. I even tested it out watered down a lot on a piece of scrap paper before I used it, but it just still wasn’t what I really wanted.

So….this is why I opted to paint her outfit in orange which is the complement of blue, so I do like that aspect of the painting. I am just chalking this up to a great learning experience!

Ballerina Twirling

Close-up of First Position:

Ballerina First Position

Close-ups of the rest:

Ballerina on pointe

Ballerina Turning

Ballerina Fully Turned Around

Ballerina Shoes – Pencil Drawings

Here are some ballerina pointe shoes. I plan to do a watercolor painting of them soon.

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Ballerina Toe Shoes

Ballerina Shoes

Ballerina on Tippy Toes

This will be the second part of the big work I am planning. I have yet to draw the third one……..

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Tippy Toes Ballerina

Ballerina in First Position

This is going to be the first part of a painting where I hope to show her in motion with the next few postions. Wish me luck!

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Ballerina in First Position

Ballerina-A Quick Watercolor

Hello. I hope everyone is having a happy Friday so far! Here’s a watercolor I did quickly one day. I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted it yet. I couldn’t get the color to come out right on the computer. The background is more of a greenish color. I still have other things in the works.

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Ballerina-Quick Watercolor

Child Ballerina #2

Here is the child ballerina re-done. I like the way this one turned out much better especially the skin tone. What do you think?

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Ballerina 2 (2)

Ballerina 2 Close-up

Ballerina – Older Child

I really liked the way this girl turned out, especially her dress. I like her skin tone much more also; it looked as if she is actually wearing pink tights with the dress, but I also noticed that her skin tone is too close to the color I made the dress. In the photo her dress is more of a cream color that blends in a lot with her surroundings, but I wanted it to stand out a little more. She is also in a lot of shadow, but I didn’t want to paint her that way. I think the background is much too light. I sharpened it up a lot in photoshop in the third picture here, but that is not how it looks. I am not sure what color to try and add into the background to bring her out more.

Any suggestions??? I need lots of help with this one!

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Ballerina - Older Child 2

Ballerina - Close-up of Older Child

Ballerina - Older Child Close

WORKING ON BALLERINAS, ETC.

Grace Swinging

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Hello my blogging friends! Here’s a couple of very old photos of my crazy kids.

I think I am done with “Wacky Wednesdays” and “Flower Fridays.” I thank you for the support of those two features on my blog in the last couple of months. However, as I have said before, I am not really an abstract artist, so the Wacky Wednesdays were just for some crazy fun. However, I do have some abstract ideas to do from some photos I took recently, so you’ll still see some in the future, just not the very near future.

One of my goals is to become better at portrait painting even though I have no live models to work from. I don’t have time to take a class, but I am just trying to work from photos. So I am currently working on the ballerinas I have found in books. However, I am changing their expressions and the backgrounds so they are not exact copies of the photos. I also found some photos from when my children were toddlers. I don’t know how they will feel about it if I feature them on here from way back when, but I really don’t think they’ll care. I ran across some of the cutest pictures of them recently that brought back a flood of memories from the years that were the most fun for me as their mom. Those were the years before they talked back, had huge temper tantrums, etc. as all kids do when they are growing up. Not to say as toddlers they didn’t have temper tantrums. But I never said they were going through the “terrible twos.” I despise that expresssion. I think two was one of my favorite ages for both of them. In fact I used to call them the “terriffic twos.”

Turning two is when most children are discovering so many new things all at once. Some are already talking like my son was, in full sentences, but my daughter was barely talking at all then. It wasn’t because she couldn’t; she just didn’t want to! She was somewhat shy which was fine, but only around strangers. She was an observer of all that was going on around her. She still is a great observer of her surroundings, and she is cautious in making friends. That’s why she has found a faithful few instead of trying to just have tons of so-called friends like some kids do. I think in this day and age people have many, many more acquaintances than true friends, but that’s a topic for another day.

My son, on the other hand, was just always talking up a storm. Even now when he is excited about something, we hear about it! He has a real gift for writing fiction which I hope will be what he is successful at someday. I enjoy them both so much now. My daughter is 16 and my son is 18. It is sometimes so hard to think of him as a young man, but he is. He has his own thoughts and ways of doing things as we all do.

So as you can see I am dealing with the years leading up to the “empty nest.” Frankly, I am more ready now than I was a year ago. I know he wants to get out on his own, but there’s lots of things he still has to do to prepare for that. I have no idea how long it will take, but I will say I already have plans for his empty room when he’s gone. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. What mother doesn’t make plans for an upcoming spare room in her imagination?

When I moved out the first time, my mom left my room the way it was, because she had a feeling I would be back in less than a year. Well, she was right. I would do the same with him, but I have a feeling with his determination, he will make sure he never has to move back home. I hope his determination takes him far in his life, too. It is one of his best qualities.

Anyway, as you may be able to see, I didn’t really have this blog post PLANNED. It is “off the cuff” as they say, but here it is. This is where I am at in my life. I haven’t been writing lately, because I just don’t have the energy. The last quarter of the school year always feels a little crazy to me, so…I do my art, 1) because I enjoy it, and 2) to stay sane.

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

Ballerina Pencil Tracings

Here’s a couple of ballerinas I traced from a book. I tried to draw the child one by sight but had a heck of a time with the hands! So I gave up and traced it!! Then the other one is an older girl. I love her dress. I plan to do watercolors of these. They are from a child’s book about ballerinas. The lighting from my camera is terrible, sorry!

Child Ballerina Tracing

Young Girl Ballerina Tracing

Ballerina Watercolor

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Bowing Ballerina

I recently checked out a book I used to have from the library about ballet. It is called “The Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet-Fit.” I actually think I may still have the book; I just can’t find it at the moment. Believe it or not, I took ballet classes for a while in my early 40’s! I wish I could have afforded to keep on taking classes at the time, but other decisions affected my decision to cease taking the classes. However, I can still do some of the exercises. I am almost done with physical therapy now and am feeling much better since I joined a gym. With my feet the way they are, though, I can only do so much as far as positioning them for ballet. I am starting to practice some of the exercises again, just being extra careful. Anyway……..all that to say, I did a tracing of the black and white photo on the back of the book for this painting. The photos in the book were taken by Stephen Ladner. Here is a link to his wonderful website. http://www.steveladner.com/
I also had a nice conversation with Stephen when I called to ask his permission to publish my painting of his photo. I added the wall and stage for fun. I must give credit where photo credit is due after all. BUT the painting is all my own.

A close-up

Bowing Ballerina Close-up

I really enjoyed playing with the colors on this one. I think I am going to do a few more ballerinas in different positions soon. However, I am going to attempt to draw those all on my own even though I normally don’t draw people as well as other subjects. So we’ll see…

Bowing Ballerina Closer

I am still sketching some other water fowl so that idea is still going, and I will be posting some soon. I hope everyone is having a great week. Thanks for dropping by! And thank you, Steven!

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