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)

WIP In Mixed Media Art Journal

I’ve been following Jane Davenport and trying a few things her way.  Here’s a WIP.

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Flower Girl Watercolor

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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September Random

Where did September go?  4 days left.  Or, as I said to my youngest, OMW.  Oh My Wow.

This month’s random is minimal.  How strange that since I’ve started using my iPhone to take most my photos, and with the recent new Project Life App to simply life documenting even more, I haven’t used my DSLR much.  I think another part of it is that my youngest is not such a baby anymore and won’t stand still very long for photos.  And, my eldest takes her own selfies now.  Will I completely stop taking photos with the DSLR in a year or so?  Scary thought…and I had been wanting to upgrade to a full frame.

Here’s this month’s random.

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Teddy earlier in the snow.

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Found a schedule book that started from July to June.  It works perfect with my girls’ school and activities.

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Finished that water color painting.

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Have been waiting a long time for an Instax camera.  This is really great fun to play with.

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My youngest got glasses.

Watercolor Attempts

Daughter and I had a day of water coloring.  She was done after one piece but I decided to practice a little more.  When it comes to painting, I’m horrible at it.  I struggle so much with it but I try anyway because I really want to get the hang of it.  I find that I struggle painting in Photoshop too…so I need a lot of practice there as well.

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Just a random piece.  No pre-sketching.  I saw this beautiful sunset earlier this week and tried to duplicate it.  I’ve also been fascinated by air balloons.

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This piece isn’t done yet of the buildings.  I haven’t decided what color to make the sky.  It’s daughter’s favorite piece so maybe I’ll ask her for recommendations.

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Here she is painting along…

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