Portrait from Reference

I’m in the process of moving some large files over to another external drive to make room for those REF files from my camera, so while that’s moving along in the background, I thought I’d share what I was painting the last couple of days.

This was done using a reference digital painting by Larry Wilson.  I decided not to make the girl an elf since I wasn’t feeling it at the time, but I do love elves!  I used watercolors by Jane Davenport and Copic Markers.

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Portrait

I’ve been reading and writing and just haven’t been able to post a lot.  I’ve also decided to return to college to finish my master’s degree.  I only have 7 classes left so I figured I might as well go for it.  I’ve also begun to edit other writer’s work because that’s what I’d like to focus on doing while in the process of completing my novel.

Anyhow, life’s been busy with the kid’s school and after school activities so there hasn’t been much time to post.  I just did a photo session of my niece early this week so I’ll be doing post production on those photos in the next few days.  I was able to slip some watercolor + mixed media in my painting journal.  Drawing and coloring (painting, etc.) have always been a stress reliever for me + music.  This piece was done yesterday using watercolor and charcoal.

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This morning, I found this beautiful piano piece and I think it kind of matches the portrait’s expression.

“Unbreakable” by Josh Kramer (emotional epic piano)

A Few Song Favorites and Sketches

The kids are on spring break so I get a break from driving everywhere.  With this little down time, I’m able to do a ton of stuff: write, draw, write, spend time on FB writing groups, etc.  It’s nice.  I’m also reading a book that I’m almost done with and getting ready to review.

A few song favorites that I have on rotation:

“Wayfarer” by Clau M

“About Me and You” by Clau M

“Where Is My Place In This World” by Soundmopi

“A Boy and His Cat” by Kari Sigurosson

Practicing on some quick portrait sketches.  Wish I had more than just 5 Copic markers.  I’m really loving them but I just can’t fathom shelling out the money for them as a hobbyist.  As you can see, I can only really color one girl with the Copics.  I want to give the elf queen in the top left grayish white hair, the girl in the bottom left red hair, and the girl on the bottom right jet black hair.

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I’m taking a free class through Jane Davenport.  I believe these are sample classes to get a feel for her products and her art style.  I’m liking it and find it fun and inspirational to practice my drawings using different techniques.  I have a few items of Jane’s but didn’t purchase any facial stamps or inks.  I have quite a few brands of inks around the study, plus, I bought a really nice set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors a few months back with a 60% discount coupon at Michael’s that I really should start using.  Also, instead of using Jane’s calligraphy pen, which I do have, I decided to use the Tombow Calligraphy thick liner pen.  I tested the two and Jane’s pen smears under water while Tombow’s didn’t.  I think I was supposed to go with the smeared look but I just didn’t want that look for now.

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Copic Markers and Watercolor

I used a gift card my sister got me for my birthday + points on Amazon and got some Copic markers.  This was my first time trying out Copics so I’m excited to continue using them.  The portrait was pencil sketched a couple of days ago while waiting for my daughters at the dance studio.  Yesterday, I felt really sick from a cold I must have caught from my youngest daughter so I laid in bed and took it slow while my husband helped with the girls (he was off work).  Today, I colored with the Copics and watercolor by Jane Davenport.  I also used a calligraphy pen to trace and the white Paint Over Marker to highlight.  Both also by Jane Davenport.  Also, I used a reference by kazanstevalexey on Instagram.  My portrait doesn’t look anything like his photo but I just wanted to point it out that I didn’t freehand the portrait.
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Quick Sketch and Mixed Media Art Journal

Sometimes I like to sketch starting with the nose.  This was one of them.  Most the time I start with the eyes but for some reason I was itching to get the nose right first.

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Two birthday’s ago my husband surprised me with a beautiful leather covered unlined journal.  It was so beautiful that I was afraid to mark in it, but last week, I made the plunge and created my first mixed-media art journal page!  I used gesso, matte medium, gauche, acrylics, hard pastels, and ink pens.

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Goals Completed in 2016

Twenty-sixteen went by fast.  I now have a feeling technology makes life move faster.  Not literally, of course, but just the time spent on the Internet on social media, blogs, and smartphones takes up almost every minute of our lives.  I’m happy to say that I was still able to accomplish 2 of my 5 goals set earlier in the year.  The ones I accomplished were:

1. Read 40 books.  Favorite out of the 40 was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  To see all 40 books I read, click here.

2. Wrote 50K words toward my novel.  I actually put down ‘finish my novel’ but I felt that 50K words was a lot so I’m going with that. 🙂

The other 3 were: organize the study (which I tried but didn’t finish), eat a lot less junk food/carbs and more fruits/veggies (I tired too but those carbs are hard to get rid of), and draw a lot.  I think I painted more than drew/sketch but I really wanted to just draw with a pencil/pen and maybe color pencils.  I was only able to turn out about 6 and they were just sketches while I was doing other things on the computer, except the bottom right, which was drawn in my Midori.

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There was one thing I did accomplish that wasn’t included on my goals list and that was to knit.  Out of nowhere, I had this urge to learn to knit so I went for it.  I was afraid I wouldn’t finish because it was really boring once I got the knitting started but I’m glad I kept with it because it’s a great feeling seeing this knitted scarf and knowing I made it.  You can see the beginning of it here.

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Tonight and tomorrow and maybe all week next week, I’ll be honing down the goals I want to accomplish for 2017.  I have a very general idea what I’d like to accomplish, but I’d like to be more specific and so I think that’s what I’ll spend some time doing.

Happy New Year!