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Flower-Eyed Fairy Sketch

 

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Today I drew this fairy on 9×12″ tracing paper in pencil, but not darkly. Hope you can see it. She came out of my imagination, so I had to figure out how to do her hands the way I wanted them. She just snapped her fingers, so I think something is going to happen to…somebody…maybe you!

I was thinking about doing her in mixed media, but I think I am going to do watercolors. Now I need to transfer the drawing to some watercolor paper and think about the colors I want to use. Plus I will be adding detail to her wings and a background of course. I may make the flower iris and pupil smaller, too.

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

 

Portrait of a Warrior Woman in Watercolor

 

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Yesterday and today I drew and painted this “Warrior Woman” in watercolor for this week’s lesson of Let’sfaceit2020 with Katrina Koltes. It is only a 16×14″ sheet of 300 lb. watercolor paper. So going back to doing a very small face again was quite a transition! And I can’t believe the first 15 weeks are done already!

Now I still need to do week 14 which I skipped because I spent more time on my last acrylic painting. Week 14 is supposed to be done in acrylics, but I think I am going to do it in watercolors instead. It’s a lady in a weird pose, so I am going to try to make her look ghostly!

I hope everyone has had a great week! We are all still well here. I hope you all are, too!

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

 

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Ink

 

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Yesterday I completed this week’s lesson in my Let’s Face It 2020 class. The teacher was Deanna Strachan-Wilson.

I really enjoyed this. First, on Tuesday, I drew it lightly on a piece of 300 lb. Fabriano watercolor paper measuring 18″ x 24.” Then I painted it yesterday. I used calligrapy ink and a paintbrush to paint his clothes. Then I used a calligraphy marker, which has a chiseled tip on one end and a fine tip on the other, to do the outlining and some detail in the hair. I also decided to paint his hair a greenish blue color instead of blond.

I hope everyone is staying well! I don’t have much of a problem with being on lockdown because of the Covid-19 virus, but I hope it is over soon, because people need their jobs! It’s hard to know when things will get back to normal. In the meantime, I wish you all well.

I have lots of art projects to do, books to read, and family to visit with. So I am never bored!

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

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

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Today I painted this girl in watercolor for Week #10 of Let’sFaceIt2020 with Lucy Brydon. I couldn’t believe she happened to pick a reference photo from Unsplash.com that I already had! I printed it out last week to use as a reference photo for a charcoal portrait which I still plan to do.

I have been wanting to learn to paint darker skin tones for awhile now. I think I want to try painting this one in acrylics at some point, too.

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

 

 

Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is my second over-the-shoulder painting for my Let’sFaceIt2020 portrait class. The instructor was Katrina Koltes. She did a mini-lesson in watercolor which I actually enjoy more than acrylics. So it was a nice change for me.

She made it with an etheral look like the girl has leaves for hair. This was a challenge since I painted it from the reference photo she provided without tracing it. I had fun with this one!

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! 😀

 

 

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