I planned to come here earlier, to show you what I’ve been up to, but it’s been a full month of painting, drawing, playing…and a little vacation tossed in too!
Let’s start with VACATION!
I am always thrilled to get away to the ocean!
Oh, those sunsets!!
And this trip was EXTRA special, because we unexpectedly saw humpback whales feeding so close to shore! It was an awesome sight!
We were standing on this pier, taking the photos.
It was so much warmer than I expected, so I ended up getting a sunhat, just so I could stand out there for hours and take photos with hubby. I also took a little mobile art kit with me, which includes lots of journals, paper, pencils, pens, gouache, watercolor…and more.
It was so fun to draw what was in front of me! Listening to the sound of waves and birds…doesn’t get much better than this!
I took a few journals with me…but this tiny one works well for drawing on the spot, in the shade, under a tree.
Back in the hotel room, still with the sound of waves coming through the window, I could get a few more of my supplies out. I bought a new Koi watercolor set. Watercolor is not my favorite medium, but that is because I need more practice with it. It intimidates me…and I need to get over that fear! So, before we left for vacation, I signed up for one of Alisa Burke’s online classes. Summer Sketch.
I loved it, because it gave me assignments…and they were all about getting out of our own way, and having fun!
I brought a tiny Strathmore book with thick Bristol paper…you can see I am trying to get familiar with this brand new set of watercolors.
And I brought a larger Strathmore sketch book…
and I made LOTS of notes! Alisa’s online classes are wonderful…lots of videos, lots of instruction, and she is just so peppy!!! Once the notes were made, I started playing with pens and watercolor and markers…
(There’s my new sun hat!)
My first time drawing and painting a pelican! From one of my husband’s photos… I used Micron pens and gouache for the bird, and watercolor for the water.
This one took the most time, and quite a few art materials, but I DID love how it turned out…look at those colors! Watercolors and markers and gouache and Micron pen.
The most fun :-)
I took photos during the day, to practice drawing in the evenings. It was a blissful six days!
Before I left for vacation, I did A LOT of painting!
These are all 5 x 7 inch acrylic portraits.
And I made three commissioned portraits, for a lady and her young daughters, who picked out their favorite portraits of mine, in the Etsy shop, but they wanted them larger…
Lost in a Daydream – 11 x 14 inch acrylic on gessobord
When she and her young daughters received them, they loved them. It made me so happy to make these paintings for them…and to know they wanted to hang them in their home (how cool is that?)
The week after vacation, another online class started. This time, it was with first time teacher, Annie Hamman. She and I have been in quite a few online Misty Mawn classes. I’ve admired her work for a long time! So, I was thrilled to take her “Soulful Art” portrait class. Art that tells a story.
I started off doing some quick sketches, based on fashion images I found online.
And then I worked on two 8 x 10 inch acrylic paintings at once.
I really LOVED it at this stage…
After this, I let them sit for a few days…then I went in and added more detail and pattern…
Second Chances (sold)
and finally…she came along. All whimsy and fun! And look…a hand! :-)
Blossoms and Butterflies – 11 x 14 inch acrylic on stretched canvas (SOLD)
I really enjoyed Annie’s videos, on her process of compiling, drawing and painting portraits…I learned SO much, and want to continue making more expressive portraits.
But, guess what? I am taking yet ANOTHER class!
And I will be back soon (I promise!) to show you what fun I am having! Here’s a hint…I am doing a lot of
s c r i b b l i n g !!!