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Valentine’s Day Dwarf

 

Hello Friends!

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! 馃槏

 

Giraffe Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

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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! 馃榾

 

 

 

 

Let’s Face It 2020 is Finished!

Hello Friends!

Here are all of the portraits I did this year for my course Let’sfaceit2020! They are all hanging in my studio at the moment. And they are randomly hung. The last one is of our kids many years ago at Lassen Park near our home. I may do it over and make them bigger since their faces were so small and difficult to paint. It is a composite of four photos we took, and I painted them altogether on an 8×10″ canvas!

Have a wonderful day! 馃榾

 

Marilyn Monroe #3

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I painted this in watercolors. To get the pattern in her shirt, I dropped coarse sea salt on the wet paint and let it dry. Then I scraped it off. I like this technique for obtaining patterns on clothes. I never know how it will turn out which makes it more fun!

Then this morning I decided to add some acrylic inks for more intense color and bring out some details in her hair. I also added red acrylic ink to her lips and shirt. Lastly, I added the black India ink.

I really enjoyed the challenge of drawing and painting this pose with her head turned up.

Have a wonderful day! 馃榾

 

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! 馃榾

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I painted this 9×12″ watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb. soft watercolor paper. It is a more delicate surface, but I think I like it!

This portrait was for Week 40 of Let’sFaceIt2020! Our instructor was Angela Kennedy again. I love watching her paint! I think we only have 10 weeks left for this year. I still haven’t decided whether I am going to go for another year or just decide not to take classes for awhile. I still have another few days to decide before the bargain price is gone.聽

Have a wonderful day! 馃檪

 

Profile Portrait in Watercolor

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I watched the videos for Week #33 which is going to be a portrait I will probably skip for now. So instead I painted this week’s portrait which is painted from an old photo from long ago! My daughter said she looks Roman!

This is Week #34 with Lucy Brydon. All I could do was print out the photo she used. Our internet service is really slow right now, so I wasn’t able to download her videos. I聽don’t always spend the time watching the instructor’s videos anyway. I like to do my own thing which is part of what these classes are all about…finding your own style.

The woman in the photo is very pale which was a challenge. Also, she is surrounded by leaves in the background, but I decided I didn’t want to do all of that. However, she does have bright orange hair! That was fun.

Have a wonderful day! 馃榾

 

Girl with Purple Hair in Watercolors

 

Hello Friends!

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. I聽hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! 馃榾

 

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! 馃榾

 

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Pen

 

Hello Friends!

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! 馃榾

 

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