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Kitty on a Pumpkin

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I decided to use watercolors to paint this. Then I used my Micro pens to outline everything and draw all the fur on our cat, Wampus.

I had a great morning just creating and listening to music. The weather has been nice and cool this week, so I had the windows open, too.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

“Both Sides Now” in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I finally had a good day to create this fun painting! This is my rendition of Joni Mitchell and her cat singing her song “Both Sides Now.” Ha ha.

This was the first lesson in the four month long class I signed up for called Kaleidoscope 2021 hosted by Tamara Laporte. The course is focusing on color schemes. This first color scheme is an ANALOGOUS color scheme which is when colors that are next to each other on the color wheel are used, such as yellow, orange and red as in this. Tam went a little further including purple for the rocks and greenish blue for her eyes which I thought was cool. Also, she did this first lesson in her “lollipop girl” style which was great fun. This is a different version of the cover of Joni’s album “Clouds.” Apparently, she was a visual artist, too, and used her own paintings for her album covers.

You can see elements of her song in my painting which includes clouds, an ice cream castle, and rain clouds, but no snow, ha ha!

I really enjoyed creating this painting. I used 300 lb. watercolor paper, watercolors, acrylics, and Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastel crayons.

The crayons are new to me. You can either use a wet paint brush to rub on the crayon as you paint, or you can color the paper and then paint it with water. I like the Salmon and the Apricot colors for skin tones.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Bookworm Albert

Hello Friends!

A couple of days ago I sketched this intellectual character for the second painting in my “Bookworm” series. 

I used mostly watercolor in this one. Then I used some white gesso to “draw” the sun and the flowers since the purple shades in the background would have made a dull looking sun. After that I used red and green acrylics for the flowers and yellow acrylics for the sun. I purposely made the library a little dull in color in the background. I also added strips of a couple of different washi tapes behind and below Albert and threw on a couple of 3-D butterfly stickers.

Lastly, I wrote in a few titles on the books he checked out: “Advanced Calculus”, “War and Peace”, “The Mensa Handbook”, and “Sudoku”. His other books are turned around, though. He seems to be a pretty smart fella ( or wants to be), ha ha! 

Anyway, this was a fun one. I loved thinking of how to draw him myself. I love creating quirky looking characters.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Little Red and Friend Wolf

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Yesterday I decided to paint a fairytale twist. Instead of the wolf being a conniving stinker and finding out where Red’s grandmother lives so he can go gobble her up, he is a kindhearted and friendly wolf who lets Red pet him. Then she will give him a treat from her basket, and they will walk to her grandmother’s house and have a picnic! Only he will be Red and Grandma’s guest. But he will only visit occasionally since they know it isn’t wise to try and turn wild animals into pets. They are smart! But he won’t forget their kindness and will stay close by to protect Grandma’s house at night! 

I painted this in watercolors on 11×14″ watercolor paper. I am planning on doing Red and the wolf on canvas in mixed media but not the same scene. 

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

 

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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˜€

 

Girl with Purple Hair in Watercolors

 

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Last night I painted this girl for Week #32 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor for this was MJ Lindo. However, she used gouache paints, where as I opted for watercolors. I don’t really like the chalky feel of gouache paint.

I have two more portraits to do to catch up, but that’s okay. I have been working on other things. Iย hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

“Full Moon Goddess” Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this watercolor after viewing a short workshop called “Full Moon Goddess – A Watercolor Workshop” by Katrina Koltes.

I really enjoyed painting this and adding the gold moon and half moon tattoo on her neck. Those were my design. I did not do my painting like Katrina’s at all. Hers is completely different. But I especially like how she left her eyes unfinished so they would look like full moons. I added a little gold around mine.

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

 

 

Kim G. Strande

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