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Autumn’s Display

Fall was in the air this last weekend at the lake!

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I always like when the wild rose hips turn a blushing reddish-orange:

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I did a pencil sketch of them in my journal:

I enjoyed taking these photos of Autumn’s Display to share with you:

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I hope they brighten your Monday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

My Always “Right” Half

One of the assignments in Lynn Whipple’s online class, “Making Faces” is to draw half of your own face.

Here I am – wrinkles and all after a long day working at the office:

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Lucky for me, we got to order pizza for dinner!  YAY!  😉

This was a really fun assignment and I encourage you to give it a try!  This is how I did it:

  1. Take a piece of inexpensive paper (then you won’t feel like you are wasting it).
  2. Stand in front of the mirror with your piece of paper and a pencil.
  3. Decide where the top of your head is on your paper and make a mark.
  4. Mark in pencil where the following is on your paper (next to your face):  Eye, eyebrow, nose, ear, lips and chin.  Now, loosely draw these features with a light touch while holding the paper up to your face.
  5. Once you get an idea where the lines need to be, make stronger lines, erase as needed.  Keep checking with your face in a mirror.

I found this exercise extremely helpful in understanding the layout of a face better.

Happy Drawing – Cheers!  🙂

An Artistic Confession

I have a confession to make…

I’ve always wanted to be able to draw pretty faces ever since I was a young girl… BUT my faces always looked much like this drawing (eyes closed):

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Until recently, drawing a face (or two or three!) EVERY DAY has really improved my drawing skills!  PRACTICE really does makes a difference!

PLUS, learning from other artists in books, YouTube videos, online classes… thank goodness there are SOOOO many great ways to learn to draw (faces) today!

I drew this face with pencil last week and I hope to paint it with watercolor:

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She is my first face that I’ve drawn that I have REALLY liked loved!!  I am a little scared to paint in watercolor as I don’t want to mess her up.  I think I will scan my drawing first so I have a future reference.  🙂

My second face, I also created with pencil and used an Elegant Writer pen (with water) to create the black lines:

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She reminds me of a flower, opening its petals to reveal its inner beauty – much like I hope my art does with continuous practice!

I know I have SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN but I feel like I’m starting to create some pretty faces…

Do you have a subject that YOU would like to learn how to draw better?!  I hope you give it a try!!  (And I’d love if you shared it with me!)

Cheers! 🙂

Singing The Blues

I was once again inspired by Kathy’s photos at Backyard Bird Nerd to create this quick sketch of a Blue Jay in pencil for Draw A Bird Day – the 8th day of each month on WordPress that many of my blogging friends share with their fabulous bird drawings, paintings and photos!  🙂

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I didn’t have time to paint it in watercolor tonight so I’m singing the blues!!  I hope you return tomorrow to see my finished painting in my art journal!

Happy Bird Day!!!  🙂

The Journey Within

I started my new sketchbook that I showed you how to make here.  I love starting a new journal because for me it is like a new beginning!  An opportunity to grow and learn in art!

The face I created isn’t perfect but I’m not seeking perfection.  I’m still learning a lot about art and life and myself.

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My journey is just beginning.  I hope you will join me on this new adventure!

Cheers Friends!  🙂

Painting Peace

Scattered rain showers at the lake on Saturday so I sketched a wild rose in pencil.  I forgot to bring my watercolors so I had to wait until I got home to complete it:

I identified this rose as a Baldhip or Wood rose.  You can see rain droplets in the above photo against a “temporary” blue sky.  Rain is good for many things – a long walk, a good night’s sleep and time to sketch.

After my pencil sketch, I decided to try a looser format in my art journal.  I started this sketch on Saturday evening and finished it the following night with a black Micron pen:

I was upset and saddened by the recent, senseless shooting violence in Orlando, Florida.  So I decided to paint my roses yesterday in the colors of a Peace Rose.

I don’t know if it is possible to paint peace but I gave it my best try.  🙂

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Peace Friends!