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!