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Fantasy Characters in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to experiment with some new watercolor paints I purchased. I was not going for a finished painting here. Just grabbed a scrap piece of watercolor paper, which I noticed has the brand’s watermarks on it, and drew a few of my new characters to paint.

One of the blueish colors is called “Sleeping Beauty” and is the Daniel Smith brand. Another is Quinacderone Rose. I love its brightness.

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.

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

 

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

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I can hardly believe I am half done with this year long portrait drawing and painting class! This week is number 26! Our instructor this week is Angela Kennedy again. She draws and paints such cute and whimsical portraits!

She painted in watercolors this time. Then she used a white watercolor for the white on the dress and stockings. I don’t have white watercolor, so I used white gouache on the layers of the dress, but I only have a little bit. So then I used white acrylics to paint the stripes on the stockings. This was a fun painting to do. I like Angela’s style.

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

 

Nude Woman in Watercolor

 

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This is the portrait for Week #23 with Toni Burt in my Let’sFaceIt2020 class. She paints very loosely in watercolor which I like.

The picture she provided is of a very thin model, and Toni didn’t worry about focusing on her facial features much as it is a lesson for full body portraiture. It took me a couple of tries to draw, but it was fun.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We are still okay here.

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

 

Portrait of a Woman in Watercolor

 

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Last night I decided to start catching up on my portraits for Let’sFaceIt2020. This one was done by the instructor with gouache paints, but I have found that I don’t really like gouache. So I decided to do it in watercolors. In our class, we are doing 3/4 portraits

I liked her pink hair, too, because it reminded me of when my daughter had pink hair in her late childhood and teen years.

Our weather here in Northern California is beginning to get hot. I am thankful that we had such a long springtime, though. But now we will get very little rain until probably October.

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

 

 

Dryad Pencil Drawing

 

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Last night I decided to get the feel of drawing a Dryad which in the fairy world is a tree spirit.

I plan on drawing her again very lightly on watercolor paper so I can paint her. I don’t think she is going to be in my current fairy journal, but who knows? She may show up in a future one!

I hope everyone is well and has had a nice week.

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

 

Flower Fairy in my Fairy Journal

 

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Today I finished my flower fairy. He even gave me this poem and said I could sign my name to it. (I think that was supposed to be a secret! Shhh…) But he hasn’t told me his name yet! I think he is a little fickle!

Here is the poem in case you can’t read it in the picture.

Mischief maker,
I am he.
Not a faker,
No, not me!

I am tricky,
So be on guard.
My hands are sticky,
So watch your yard!

By, Patsy Parker

All of my fairies seem to be mischevious!

🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️

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

 

Fairy Journal Forest Watercolor

 

 

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This week I worked on these two pages in my fairy journal. Our lesson was to draw forest fairies. So I had a lot of fun with these.

The first one I wanted to draw was the one on the rope swing. Our daughter had one for years in a tree in our front yard. And one day when she was swinging, I took a picture of her up in the air like this. She always looked so happy while she was playing on that swing! When I was showing her all the fairies in this painting, I realized that the other one highest in the tree, whose body you can only see the lower half of, reminded me of our son when he used to climb trees.

It was fun taking time to think of different fairies to draw and to make the forest itself come to life. There really are no limits to the amazing gift of the imagination! Next I will be drawing and painting flowers and a portrait of a flower fairy from my imagination.

I am still taking a break from my portrait class, though. I am just really hooked on Katrina Koltes’s classes. I signed up for two more of hers which are both very short watercolor classes. I think I am just having so much fun learning from her that I want to eventually take everything she offers!

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

 

Fairy and Flowers Watercolor

 

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For the last few evenings I drew and painted this fairy on 140 lb. Winsor & Newton brand watercolor paper. I like it much better than any other paper of the same weight that I’ve tried.

In a new book I have called “The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible” by Linda Ravenscroft, she calls this fairy a Butterfly Fairy, because her wings resemble a peacock butterfly. The only thing I painted the same colors were the wings, but my pattern turned out differently. Also, I made my fairy’s skin pink and her clothes yellow.  I made the daisy she is sitting on a lavender instead of white, too. I also didn’t paint the scenery around her the same as the author’s example.

This book was created to teach others how to draw fairies, their clothes, and environments. It is filled with small templates of the different poses for them. She also shares what colors she used to paint hers. What is fun, though, is that there are several other fantasy creatures in the book. A few are: Spriggan, Dryad, Gnome, Sylph, Goblin, and several other types of fairies.

So I am planning on having lots of fun drawing and painting fantasy creatures as well as doing portraits for my class this year. It is something I was doing many years ago and wish I had stuck with.

This week I tried drawing my portrait assignment in charcoal and ink as instructed, but it came out looking all wrong. So at some point I may try it again. I am finding I don’t like charcoal and ink much. In fact, I am considering painting the rest of the portraits in watercolor. I forgot just how much I love this medium more than all the others I have done! And I think I may be getting to the point of wanting to stick to just one painting medium now to hopefully become much better at it.

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

 

Fairy Journal Pages in Watercolor

And a close-up of this mischevious fairy

 

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Last night I painted this 2-page spread in my fairy journal. I had a few new Daniel Smith Watercolor colors to try out. It was relaxing and fun. I wanted it to look kid-friendly since maybe someday we will have grandkids I can read to and do art with. I really miss those days of home-schooling our kids when they were grade school aged.

I have so much of my art saved from all these years of doing it, that I think I may just make my own art journals instead of doing big pieces on canvas from now on. But I do have quite a few blank canvases to use up for the course of Let’sfaceit2020 over the rest of this year. I just don’t want to invest in anymore. I can still paint with acrylics in journals and on smaller thicker paper, so my paint won’t go to waste either.

I am going to start on this week’s portrait today which is going to be in pencil, charcoal, and India ink. It should be interesting!

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

 

Fairy Journal in Progress

 

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The other day I got out some wrapping paper, and a few pieces of stationary paper from a stash I have been collectiing for doing mixed media.. Then I made my own envelope to put my letter to the fairies in.

This is a fun project. The second part comes out this Friday. And I still need to paint my portrait for this week for Let’sfaceit2020. But I like staying busy. I have been slowly getting back into exercising again which feels good, too.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am thankful that I am not working outside the home anymore. But if I didn’t have hobbies, I would go stir crazy! Hang in there everyone.

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

 

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