Wishing you all the most wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, and in those quiet moments of reflection upon what we are most grateful for. I thank you all for following my blog and want you to know that I am grateful for your continued support....Thank you so much!!!
I have been enjoying putting pencil to paper and just draw. I need this practice and it is just such a wonderful place to be mentally. I have always wanted to paint women, but I do not have a model. The images I use are found on a site on Etsy and are legal to work from. These photos are from around the early 1900's. This drawing is found here.
This is a preliminary sketch done for a commissioned painting. Ellie was a very sweet girl and rescued by a family that dearly loved her....she left this earth just far too soon. What an honor to paint such a handsome animal. It has been a while since I have painted a pet friend...I am excited to get back to it. This girl was a blonde golden retriever with big soulful eyes.
Drawing is something that I just love to do....why I do not draw every day is a real travesty. I read somewhere that it is a smart thing to leave a sketch pad in every room in the house so that you can pick up a pen or pencil and draw when you have a few minutes. I am continually buying sketch books...don't know why I guess I just love the creamy pages and the emptiness that awaits a few toned lines.
This beautiful girl was photographed and her image appeared on postcards in the early 1900's. There is a site on Etsy where I am able to find old photo cards (reproductions) of images of women. I was drawn to this mysterious beauty with her mane of dark hair. I love drawing images of women especially. I will continue my 30 drawings even though they will be done in over 30 days. I do love to draw. This image was drawn with Derwent graphite pencils on a smooth Bristol board.
I had so much fun painting the last painting of ornaments that I decided to select some of my favorite Christmas ornaments and place them in a box with a sheer white fabric. Once again it was advantageous at some point to break the painting down to small bites and finish area by area. Then toward the end I orchestrated the placement of final details. There may be some very minor additions to be made but I will decided tomorrow.
This is a much larger painting than I have been working on. I chose the subject matter because of the colors and the tissue paper surrounding the ornaments. I found that I needed to gray down the values in the paper to get it to read as white. I think that I may have been able to go a bit darker. I have never worked to any extent with cloth or folded paper and this presented many challenges. I painted each section of the painting and finished a section before moving on the next section. Was this the wisest way to work? Perhaps and then again perhaps not....I need to think more about it. Fun painting to do!
This was the first time that I have used my new Derwent Wash Pencils. You draw as regular and use a wet paint brush with water to spread and diffuse the graphite as a wash. I have a light, medium and dark pencil. It was a great deal of fun! The marigolds are the last from my garden and I put them in my Vaseline glass vase for display.