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Alice Coltrane in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

This is the second person from my “Redrawing Black History” class whom we learned about. She was a singer, piano player, and harpist. She was also married to John Coltrane!

Her music is beautiful. I enjoyed painting this one! It was pretty fun.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Betty Davis in Watercolor

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Meet Betty Davis! Surprised? This Betty Davis is not the white acclaimed movie star whose face most likely comes to mind when you hear this name!

I had never heard of this Betty Davis before. I learned about her in the “Redrawing Black History” class I am taking online with Tamisha Anthony and Lilla Rogers.

Betty Davis was an African American soul and funk singer from the late 1960’s through the 1970’s. She was also married to Miles Davis. Apparently she was never allowed on television, because her performances were “sexually aggressive.” I listened to some of her songs, and I thought her lyrics were, too! But that’s just not the kind of music I have ever been into either. To each his own, though. She definitely conveyed a lot of emotion!

I am enjoying learning about black artists and musicians from the past that I have never heard of, though. And Tamisha Anthony is a great teacher. She’s young, sweet, and very energetic as she teaches about her awesome culture!

I have a few more posts of others she has taught us about coming up. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Editorial Class Concept Drawings

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Last week I began working on my Editorial Class assignments! Our first one was to draw pictures to illustrate eight different words. This was not easy! The eight words are: Pulling, morning, tool, moon, herbal tea, potatoes, successful, and high.

Then the next assignment was to draw a “morning routine of a highly successful woman”. It was even more challenging! So this is what I came up with.

I used watercolor and pen. I haven’t felt this challenged in a long time! I suppose that’s good, though, in order to grow!

Have a wonderful day! 😊

Rude Awakening

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This is a watercolor I painted yesterday. It is to go along with the third prompt “Awakening” from the Folktaleweek2021 art that artists participated in on Instagram this week. I also did the first prompt, “Moon”, which is this one. It is Brownie and Wampus.Β 

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I just forgot to post it a few days ago, ha ha! Also, I posted a watercolor I did for Halloween last month for the second day’s prompt, “Dream”, which is Wampus on the pumpkins.

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As you can see by the painting I did yesterday, it appears Wampus has gotten a lot heavier! But in reality she hasn’t. I drew it from a photo of her sleeping on a blanket, but the perspective turned out wonky. So she looks different. But in this painting Mr. Sun and the Brownie clock have given her a RUDE AWAKENING! She is not happy!

This one was fun to think through. I liked making Brownie into a clock, and I love drawing smiley suns. I did that a lot when I was little. Anyway, I hope you are all doing well!Β 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Butterflies in Mixed Media

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Hello Friends!

The other day I decided to paint some butterflies in watercolor. Then I added some washi tape for flower stalks and some greenery. I also added bits of washi tape to the butterflies. 

Lastly, I added some acrylic accents to the butterflies. But I didn’t do much else.

Yesterday, I made a giraffe in mixed media which I will post tomorrow!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Doggie in Watercolor & Pen

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This is a cute doggie that I painted from a short free lesson from Tamara Laporte. She is offering a four month course in August called Kaleidoscope 2021 which you can find out more at willowing.org

I am doing the free Taster Week this week which is just getting some free lessons from different artists to see what the classes will be like. But I already joined them since I have never done any of her classes before. Tamara is an artist who paints whimsical characters. She has published some books that were based on courses she has taught in the past. I have a book of hers called “Ever After” which has lessons for creating fairytale-inspired mixed media art projects. I think I may have mentioned this book in a previous post.

Anyway, she is a lot of fun. She has a sweet spirit and really loves teaching art. I had heard about her several years ago but in taking other art classes to learn portraiture last year, I just didn’t have time to try everything. This year I did sign up for “Let’sFaceIt2021” and “PaintYourHeartandSoul2021” but I have only done a couple of classes out of each one, because I became so engrossed in my Van Gogh Journal! But I really enjoyed creating that!

I have been wanting to do art of my own without following lessons, lately but it is also fun to be in different groups to meet other artists and see what others are creating. So I have just been downloading the classes each week on my laptop to keep for later. I also have Tamara’s classes from last year of Kaleidoscope 2020 which I am not done downloading yet. So I haven’t started any of those.

I am afraid I have become addicted to buying art classes, ha ha! And books!!! I have been reading so many great novels lately written for school age children (and picture books) that I began buying them again even though my kids are grown! Someday I hope to have little ones to read aloud to, but I don’t see grandchildren in the near future. Our grown children are happy in their jobs, and our daughter is graduating with her Associates degree in Psychology this year! She is taking her last two classes right now. So that is exciting.

I hope you are all doing well! We are doing well here in sunny California!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€

“Cosmic Girl” in Mixed Media

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I have been feeling a little blue since finishing my Van Gogh journal awhile back. And I haven’t gotten a video of the whole book yet.

So in the meantime I just wanted to do something different. I have been reading a lot of children’s novels lately and checking out Tamara Laporte’s book called Ever After.

It is a book with lessons for creating mixed media art projects based on fairy tales. I started drawing a different take on Little Red Riding Hood, but I haven’t finished working out the composition yet. So i just used a template for this girl from Tamara Laporte’s website to create this mixed media piece.

In the close-up you can see the little cat sticker I used so her kitty could be with her.

I don’t think I am going to start another art journal yet. I just want to do some fairy tale art for now.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Valentine’s Day Dwarf

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all who celebrate it. I painted this card in watercolors yesterday for my husband. He has used the handle of “The Grinning Dwarf” since 1997!

He has always liked roleplaying games and has been into Dungeons & Dragons since the 1980’s! He loves the dwarf characters, hence the name!

I painted this from an old photo of him when his hair was red, embellishing it with dwarf-like clothing. It was a quick project but fun! He laughed out loud and said he loves it, so that was great!

Have a wonderful day! 😍

 

Giraffe Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Over the weekend I took down almost all of my art that I did this year, so I have the two blank walls available to fill again as I do my new classes for 2021. I also went through old artwork and found this giraffe that I had penciled onto a piece of watercolor paper well over a year ago and forgot all about! So I decided to paint it yesterday.

I have been busy the last couple of months going through our books and have donated a few bags to the library as well as taken about five full bags to a used books bookstore in town to trade them in for credit. There were a lot of my husband’s fantasy novels and our son’s novels he couldn’t keep since he is moving in a couple of days. Anyway, so now I have about $400 in credit that will take a very long time to use! I don’t know if I ever will use it all! I don’t go there very often. But I am just glad to be getting the house cleaned out little by little!

A few weeks ago I sold a neighbor two American Girl dolls and a bunch of clothes for them. And now she is interested in buying a doll clothes closet that my daughter wants to sell, too. All of it is in perfect condition, and she definitely has gotten a bargain!

I hope everyone is doing well! I may have another post or two this week, but just in case I don’t, happy holidays to you all!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

 

 

 

 

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