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Mermaids Swimming with a Whale

Hello Friends!

This past weekend I participated in a group weekend challenge called “Katrina Koltes and Friends Magick and Art.” Katrina is the one who led the watercolor workshop called “Between the Realms” where we did the fairy paintings. I still have a few lessons left in it, but am taking my time. Most of the members are done with their fairy journals, though.

This painting was a lot of fun to do. I painted it on 300 lb. watercolor paper with watercolor paints.

I think my next project will be doing more elves. But they will be more ethereal and coming from a portal of light. Stay tuned!

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

 

 

Frontal Portrait in Watercolor

 

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This is a portrait that the instructor painted in oils. It was for Week 21 of Let’sfaceit2020, but I am not sure why it wasn’t a 3/4 turn portrait since that is the section we are on. I suppose it could be because she did it in oils instead of acrylics.

I don’t have oil paints, and I have never tried using them. Since I have been painting in watercolors for the last few weeks, I decided to stick with those, because it is my favorite medium!

The photo she gave us of this African American woman was challenging to work from. She had blonde highlights and her skin tone had hues of yellow and orange in it. I may try to do this one again on better paper at some point. In fact I will probably do a lot of these lessons over for the practice.

The paper I used is from a pad of Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed, 140 lb. paper. I thought I would try it figuring since I love this brand of paints I might like this paper. Well, it is a little thicker than other brands of 140 lb. paper that I have, but I don’t care for it much. It is not good for layering which I have been learning more about in Katrina Koltes’s classes. It also can’t take as much water or dabbing as my 300 lb. paper from Fabriano can.

Now I only have this week’s portrait to do to be caught up again in this class. But I have the new workshops of Katrina’s that I haven’t done yet either. And she’s such a great teacher; I am enjoying learning from her!

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

 

 

Portrait of a Girl with her Spirit Animal

 

Hello Friends! 

Yesterday, I drew and painted this portrait for my class, Let’s Face It 2020. Our instructor was Melanie Rivers, a lovely Native American artist in Canada.

Melanie works primarily in acrylics, using Golden’s Open Acrylics, which I have never tried. She says they dry slower than regular acrylics. She primarily paints portraits of women which is what she loves to do most.

In this week’s lesson she painted her portrait onto a deer skin drum which her husband made! I didn’t have one, so I used my daughter’s octagon-shaped dinner plate to trace around and cut out. The sides aren’t even, but that’s okay. I added the Spirit Animal of the Sea Turtle since I haven’t painted one in a while and I chose different colors for it which I think go nicely with her coloring.

As you may notice, I also decided to paint it in watercolors instead of acrylics since I was using 300 lb. watercolor paper and had to cut out the shape.

I have downloaded my video lessons for my next fairy painting class, Between the Realms with Katrina Koltes. However, I am just going to do the reading for the fairy session today. I need to take a break from doing art and exercise! I have been sitting too much this week!

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

 

 

Portrait of a Girl in Pencil

 

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Last week we had two mini lessons in the Let’sfaceit2020 portrait group. There were two different teachers. One did a mixed media piece which I didn’t do. Lisa Filion did this piece on her iPhone with the app she teaches with. And, of course hers was in color, but I wanted to draw mine in pencil to keep in the practice of using graphite!

I drew the initial shapes with hard, light pencils. Then I used softer, darker pencils for the shading so I wouldn’t make my arm ache. That way, the pencils do more of the work, so to speak! I worked on it for several hours today, just getting lost in the drawing, which I absolutely love doing!

I am not doing this week’s acrylic portrait for now. The artist who did our watercolor portraits, Katrina Koltes, is starting to teach a different workshop called “Between the Realms” tomorrow which is all about fairies! We will be painting mostly in watercolors and using watercolor pencils to paint fairies in nature. We are even going to make magic wands with crystals, stones, and sticks! I can hardly wait to start!

This is part of what she said about the projects we will be doing. “There are 25+ videos in my workshop, including painting and craft sessions, guided meditations, spiritual projects, stories, and documentaries.”

It sounds so fun and interesting! I have always wanted to learn about the history of fairies (they are real, ya know!) 😉

I will have to go to town tomorrow to download all of the videos as I’m pretty sure we get them all at once so we can work at our own pace. It’s going to be so fun! Katrina is such a sweet lady.

Well, I hope everyone out there is staying safe and healthy!

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

 

“Snapshot” in Acrylics Finished

 

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This morning I finally finished this painting! The instructor was Amy Beeman again.  I began to struggle with the shirt last night, because I was having a hard time getting the color of it the way I wanted it. In the photo she is wearing a beige blouse, but since I painted her camera case a purplish shade, I wanted to use a complementary color for her shirt.  The camera was pretty difficult to do, too.

Also, transferring an 8×10 photo to an 11×14 canvas using the grid method is still challenging for me, but I am enjoying practicing it now. I have learned that it is better than trying to use graphite transfer paper to get the image onto the canvas! Sometimes it leaves the outline too dark.

I have fallen a little behind, because I haven’t done last week’s painting yet, but it is a mini lesson that hopefully won’t take very long. It is also a ghostly looking lady so it shouId be interesting.

I really want to start this week’s portrait which is going to be a warrior woman in watercolor! The teacher is Katrina Koltes again. I really love her art.

I hope everyone is staying well! We are all doing fine here.

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

 

Self-Portrait from My Younger Days!

 

 

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I have a picture of myself that my husband took of me many years ago. He caught me by surprise, but I turned around with a mischevious grin! It is one of the few pictures I have liked of myself, so I wanted it to be my first self-portrait.

The background in the original picture is a white wall, and I had a dark green shirt on. But I decided to change the colors to brighten up the painting.

I used acrylic inks and watercolors for this one on 300 lb. watercolor paper. It is a 7″x10″ piece of scrap paper I had left over from something else.

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

 

“Bella” My Friend, Michelle’s, Cat

Hello Friends!

Meet Bella! She is going to be travelling to my friend’s house who lives in Canada!

I was planning to do this painting for her for a birthday present a few months ago. Then I let life get in the way. She has the patience of Job!

Michelle sent me a picture of Bella on Facebook and I printed it out to work from. I painted her with watercolors.

I always have enjoyed painting animals. Those of us who have pets know they become our children! Anyway, this was fun. Bella has a coat of many colors! And I am sure she’s a sweety with a loving owner like Michelle.

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

P.S. Tomorrow I am going to post something I received in a huge box on Saturday from my dear friend, Jill Weatherholt! It’s pretty awesome.

Toy Box Fishes

Hello Friends,

Remember my Toy Box Whale? https://patsyscreativecorner.com/2018/04/08/toy-box-whale/ This new piece is titled “Toy Box Fish!” I am doing all of these pieces in acrylics which is really a challenge for me.

I’ll share the backstory which some of you may not know. A few months ago I took apart our son’s wooden toy box. I didn’t want to give it away or throw away the wood. Plus I wanted to save the front of it which has a teddy bear with his name painted on it. I did that when he was about three years old. I wanted to keep that part so when I took the toy box apart, I decided to paint ocean scenes on the other four parts.

This is part number two. I created this scene which has a Moorish Idol fish, some little pink and purple fish I doodled, and a seahorse which is trying to camouflage itself. I have three more pieces to do. One is the other side of the toy box which is the same shape as this piece. The other two sides are longer shorter than this one.

When I finish all of them I am planning to hang these in our son’s old room which I want to decorate into an “ocean room.”

So this is what I have been working on since Wednesday. I have also been drawing another shark. I want to paint a large seahorse in watercolors, too. But I do have a writing assignment I need to finish by the 30th. Yes, I have sort of put it aside for a bit because I “needed” to paint! I am sure my artist friends will understand this need.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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

Spotted Jellyfish Watercolor Sketch

Hello Friends,

Here is my first jellyfish painting.  Its head turned out a little square, but well…that’s okay.  I guess I could call it ‘Jelly Sam Square Fish’.  Ha, ha.  This one is for you, Sheila Hurst!  😉 Sheila wrote a wonderful book called Ocean Echoes.”  It’s a fantastic novel that I recently read and in which I said before inspired me to paint ocean creatures again!

Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Echoes-Novel-Sheila-Hurst

I met her here on WordPress, so here is a link to her blog, too.  https://sheilahurst.wordpress.com/

Yesterday  when I decided to sketch this particular type of jellyfish, I wanted to do a “quick” sketch, but I ended up spending hours on it trying to get the colors right.  I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Experimenting with color is my favorite part of painting.  I took a break from writing, and this was a refreshing way to spend it.

It is interesting that there are hundreds of different kinds of jellyfish!  This type of jellyfish was created in a variety of colors.  I was especially attracted to this blueish-purple one with pink highlights.  Someday I want to try and paint a Lion’s Mane jellyfish, but it will probably be one of my greatest painting challenges to date.  They are so transparent and yet colorful.  I don’t know how I will do one in acrylics, but I am determined to try at some point, because I still want to turn our extra room into an ocean environment!  And I want to use the rest of the toy box which would require acrylics.

Here is a link to this type of jellyfish if you are interested in reading more about them.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_jelly

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

 

 

 

Toy Box Whale

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I spontaneously decided to paint!  AND…this is not watercolor;  it is acrylics.  I have not used acrylics in a really long time!  They are more challenging and frustrating to me than watercolors.  AND…it is my first whale painting!  So why did I call it “Toy Box Whale”?

Well, there is a reason for my madness.  This piece of WOOD used to be the bottom of our son’s toy box.  It measures 28″ x 16″.   For years it was filled with all of his stuffed animals.  When he moved out last year,  the box and stuffed animals stayed where they were.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to pack up the animals along with other stuff in his closet.  Some things were packed, but some were sent to Goodwill.

I didn’t want to get rid of the toy box, though.  Years ago I stenciled and painted our son’s first and middle name, a teddy bear, and hearts when he was about two.  (That was before I began teaching myself to draw and paint.)  My husband suggested keeping that part, so when I took it apart, I decided to keep all the pieces.  So I disassembled it and kept everything except the lid.  A long time ago the lid broke and couldn’t be fixed.  Each piece is thin white plywood.  The side and back pieces are framed in a light wood.  I am trying to decide what other ocean creatures to paint on those pieces.  Perhaps a sea turtle and a jellyfish on the small ones and maybe an ocean scene on the longer piece.

The smaller pieces can be easily hung on a wall because of the cut out handles in the wood frame.  However, the whale piece will be trickier to hang, because it is just a flat piece without any wood framing.  So until I figure out how I’m going to hang it, the whale is sitting on our keyboard in the living room.  (I haven’t played it in a long time.)

Our son’s old room is painted a light blue, so I am thinking of repainting it the same color and then making the room into a sea creatures room.  It will most likely take me a long time since I am not done with my writing class yet, though.  I really hope to be done with it in a couple of months!  I had to ask for an extension on the due date of my story.  I added and subtracted text as I was editing it for what I hoped would be the last time, but…now I have to retype it.  I am probably going to finish it tomorrow.  Then I also have to write the cover letter for an editor as the other part of the assignment.  So after days of writing, I decided to paint for a change!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  We are having beautiful spring weather here.  We had a pretty good rain a couple of days ago.  It is sunny but cool.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.  🙂

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