Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy 2007!

Looking back at 2006 it was a pretty good year personally for me. Some goals were achieved and others still need some work. I'm not making resolutions, just goals for the coming year. For some reason it's easier for me to set and meet goals than it is to keep resolutions. It's just the wording that makes a difference for me. A resolution is like a promise that I will do something and succeed. A goal is working toward something and hoping to succeed. I get farther that way, maybe because I don't beat myself up if I do fail, I just move on feeling good that I tried and learned from the experience, then try, try again. Some things I've been working on for years! So here's a toast to setting goals.


Which brings me to my recent drawing project...To be honest, I have no idea if I can do this or not. It's just my goal :) I'm doing a portrait of my dad, mom, sisters and brother all together. Seven of us, that means I have to get all seven of us recognizable. This should be fun and interesting. Hopefully when I'm finished I won't step back and say, "whose that person there?"

My dad died about 27 years ago so I'm using an old reference photo of him. And unfortunately I don't see my brother anymore, so I dug through my old pictures and found one of him. The best picture I could find of him, he had his chin resting on his hand, so I removed his hand in the portait. I really liked a photo of one of my sisters from her wedding but she had on her wedding dress, so I changed her clothing for her :) Another challenge was drawing a self portrait. So here's the beginning, the outline. It doesn't show up real good yet, I'll keep ya posted.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Skin tone


Yes, it's a circle... it has 17 layers of feather light colors. I tend to be heavy handed, so this was a lesson in control for me. I know it's not very interesting to anyone else, but it was a test for me. Prismacolor pencils beginning with lightest skin tone, cream and working my way up to Terra Cotta, on 4" X 6" Stonehenge paper. So here's my weekly painting. Ta Da!

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Christmas Landscape

I decided to try something a little different for me and do a landscape, what the heck. I found it takes almost just as much time as a portrait does. I suppose the advantage is that it doesn't have to be as precise as a portrait. Since it's winter now I chose a winter scene. It was a good experience drawing mountains, sky, snow and ice. I liked the colors and how the light reflected. Even though I really don't like winter time, I liked the serenity in the drawing. A fresh snowfall really is beautiful, it isn't that I don't like winter, I just don't like trying to get around on ice! In Iowa we always get a layer of ice beneath the snow. It's an annual event that I fall on the porch going out the door. Anyway, back to the drawing, I titled it:


"Christmas Landscape"
11" X 14"

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Sitting Fancy Free


I said I was going to do smaller drawings weekly. Somehow I found it hard to stick to that and ended up going bigger. If she was smaller I would have put in a background, but I wanted to finish her within a week. I found a black and white sketch of her in an old art instruction book. Her boots along with the dress, gave me the feeling that she was a little farm girl all dressed up for church on a sunday morning with not a care in the world. I titled her;
"Sitting Fancy Free"
14" X 17"

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Madame Silver

I'm liking these little portraits. In my eyes they have character. I just started doing these this weekend and I'm hooked already. This portrait was also done on Stonehenge paper with Prismacolor pencils, that's my normal medium. I decided to title her "Madame Silver", it just seemed to fit. And since the first one had a story, she does too.



Title: "Madame Silver"
4" x 6"

Her Story:
Fragile, not at all feeble. She labors in love. Revealing a tender, considerate and helpful nature, she has weathered life's storms. From deep within her soul she delicately extends understanding and forgiveness toward all and holds to her belief that while there's life there's hope.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tranquility Angel

This is on Stonehenge paper with Prismacolor Pencils. I did it yesterday with no references. It's kind of fun doing one this small. I loved her expression of calm acceptance so I named her "Tranquility Angel". Then it seemed as if she begged to have a story to go with her

Title: "Tranquility Angel "
4" x 5"

Her Story:
Her tranquil expression radiates elegance and beauty. She is kind and compassionate, aging with grace. Faith maintains her confidence that there is much good to be found in all people.