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Portrait of a Woman in Watercolor

 

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Last night I painted this woman in watercolors. In my portrait class, Let’sFaceIt2020, an artist named Lisa Filion shared videos of how to paint this woman on an iPad. But since I don’t have an iPad, I decided to paint her in watercolors. I just printed out the photo in color. I also couldn’t watch the videos because of internet issues. But I really enjoyed painting in watercolors; it is easy on my arm.

I may not get to finish my Frida Kahlo painting today. I need to do my exercises. Plus, I have a book I am trying to finish reading. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

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

 

 

Frida Kahlo Underpainting

 

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Yesterday I decided to trace a copy of a portrait of Frida Kahlo onto a hard thick piece of cardboard that I saved from an old pad of 300 lb. watercolor paper. I am using Golden acrylics, and this is my underpainting. Tomorrow I hope to lighten the shadows on her neck.

I have always admired Frida’s unique flare in the way she dressed. Plus she had striking facial features and was known for her unibrow which she emphasized in her self-portraits.

In my portrait class this week, a different teacher did a demonstration of how to draw a portrait on an iPad which I don’t have. There are others who also don’t have iPads, so they drew from the photo she provided. I will still attempt it at some point. But I want to finish my Frida painting first.

I hope you all are doing well. My shoulder is healing well enough for me to paint with my right hand again. But I won’t be able to get back to the level of productivity I was at three months ago for quite some time. The good news is that I only have to go to physical therapy once a week now.

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

Shades of White Watercolor

 

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Yesterday I practiced using different strengths of only two watercolors: Ivory Black and Paynes Grey, which has a tint of blue in it.

I found a different picture in my book about Degas which is one of several versions of pastel/charcoal drawings he did called “Woman combing her hair.”

I am really enjoying becoming ambidextrous! It is quite fun!

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

 

 

Degas Watercolor

 

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Yesterday, I decided to try painting in watercolor with my nondominant hand. So I chose to do this detail of Degas’s painting called “Combing the hair” which is enlarged in my book called “Degas-Beyond Impressionism” by Richard Kendall.

It felt so great to paint again! I felt refreshed.

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

 

 

Ballerina Toe Shoes

 

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On Sunday I found this drawing I drew several years ago with Prismacolor watercolor pencils. I don’t know why I didn’t finish it then, but since most of it was already done, I decided to just fill in the color and add a floor background. It was easy and quick. I don’t have to bare down with these pencils. When I paint water over the color, I can always pencil into it while it’s wet if I want it darker.

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

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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I decided to try something a little different with this mixed media piece. I covered the 5×7 canvas with some bright yellow paint before I covered it with some washi tape that has a pretty leaf pattern. Since I wanted to use watercolor on it, I had to paint a light coat of Liquitex Absorbent Ground over the whole canvas.

Then I decided to draw the sea turtle in pencil. However, instead of leaving the washi tape pattern for its body, I decided to use some tissue paper in bright yellow, a little bit of green, and light aqua to fill in its shell and head. To glue it down I used my Liquitex Matte Medium, then went over the canvas with it to help it stay glued on.

I was going for a mosaic look, but I am still trying to figure out how to do that!

Then I used my Winsor & Newton watercolor pens to outline the turtle’s features, fill in a few spots on its face and legs, and add the blues in the background for the water.

This was pretty easy on me physically. So that was a plus. Also, I did it in stages over a few days time. I like the way it turned out, and it was fun.

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

 

 

Van Gogh Mixed Media Similarity

 

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Last week I received some Van Gogh washi tape in the mail. Each roll has a “slice” of a different Van Gogh painting printed on it. One is from “The Starry Night,” one is from “Cafe’ Terrace at Night,” and the other is from “Branches of Almond Tree in Bloom.”

So I decided to cover the washi tape with a coat of Absorbent Ground. Then I used a black Micro ink pen to draw some branches and blossoms sort of like his almond tree branches. I used my light green and light yellow Winsor & Newton watercolor markers to paint the branches and my whte ink pen to color the blossoms. Then I outlined them in black.

This little painting is on a 4″×4″ black canvas. So it didn’t take long at all. I like the way it turned out.

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

 

Swan in Mixed Media

 

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Here is a piece I worked on a little here and there. I used my watercolor markers to color the background with my LEFT hand after putting a coat of Absorbent Ground on top of the Washi tape design I made.

Anyway, I saw my orthopedic surgeon the other day who agreed it is time to operate on my right rotator cuff. UGH! I am not looking forward to it, but it will probably be a few months from now. So in the meantime, I need to keep the muscles strong by exercising them gently and getting the rest of myself in better shape as well.

I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend. I won’t be creating as much art as I have been, but I can’t completely stop yet. Plus, I can always practice with my left hand!

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

 

 

Cobra in Mixed Media

 

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After a great deal of thinking about what I wanted to do on this Washi Tape-covered canvas, I decided to paint an animal I have never done before…the Cobra! I think snakes are beautiful creatures even though in the boonies where we live, I have had to kill a few rattlesnakes through the years. But that was when our dog was a puppy and our children were very young. I haven’t seen any in years, though, which I am thankful for!

So for this one, after I drew the snake in pencil, I used my pan watercolors, then used my Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers to draw in the details and the grass in front. Then I used my pan watercolor of Phthalo Yellow Green to go over the background lightly enough for the Washi tape to show through. Lastly, I outlined the snake with a black pen.

This didn’t take too long to do, but I should probably ice my shoulder now. I didn’t do much of anything this week – just lots of icing and resting. I hope all of you had a great week.

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

 

 

Mixed Media Llama – Step 1

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This is a 12″x12″ canvas covered in a variety of Washi tapes. The next step will be covering it with clear Gesso. Then I will draw a llama (or two) on it and paint it. Not sure what else I may want to do to the background, though. I did get a couple of new colors of acrylic paint, though – “Golden Fluid Acrylics” in Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) and Hansa Yellow Light – which I am anxious to try! So this is my project this weekend!

I got the idea from Miriam Schulman in one of her classes but I am not doing it just like hers. I like to make mine more original which is what she encourages all of her students to do.

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

 

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