This blog started with small daily paintings then changed to a more personal sharing of projects, events and photos. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Finished Dancer

Finished drawing--pencil and color pencils--about 8"x 12"  This is done on white Bristol paper.
Now I'm thinking about doing something different to frame this.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Unfinished Dancer

I wanted to get a photo of this drawing before I was done putting in the color.  I'm using color pencils, this figure is about 12" tall--I like parts of the drawing unfinished, but I intend to finish this.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Small Oil Painting

This small oil painting is about 8"x 6", done on panel board.  I liked the dynamics between the younger and older dancer--(the older dancer is my granddaughter).

I like the vibrancy of oils, but it is not my favorite medium to work with.  I think I'll use color pencils for my next drawing.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Larger Soft Cut Print

When I thought of framing my drawings of ballet dancers, I wanted very large light pink roses in the background.  After printing with the small experimental roses, I felt ready for this large one.

I didn't have printing ink in white to lighten up the very intense magenta, so I used white acrylic, and it worked!  This is the first printing using the soft cut plate--I almost didn't want to cut into the plate anymore, but I'm glad I did.

Here are the prints after the second cut, I can still use the plate if I want just an outline of the rose--as seen on the left, (the white test paper)---my mat board is on the right.

This reminds me of...what?  of Old fashion adds in Mademoiselle magazines?
I'm Ready to frame.

This is very close to what I was looking for--the actual framing is another thing!  This is a thrift store frame--came with scratched up plexiglass--needed gold spray paint and new thin glass, and a way of putting it together so it wouldn't be too heavy for the delicate metal edging.

The framing took me longer than the drawings.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Printing with a Soft Cut

My first attempt at this kind of printing---Thanks to my artist sister, I had the supplies and she coached me as to the steps.  I tried a small stamp to experiment, but I have plans of doing something similar, but bigger and using the print on a mat that frames a drawing.

It's an interesting process--I'm looking forward to a larger scale, and a more subtle image, as I want the drawing to be the focus.


Drawing Dancers

Some drawings of dancers--This is small, about 5"x 7",  done with pen, watercolor and color pencils.  These will hang in my granddaughter's dance studio, along with other artist's paintings and drawings sometime in June.  I haven't done any drawing or painting for a long time--I'm starting out small and will work in a few larger studies later.

A strip of dancers--very small--the strip is 18"x 4", each dancer is about 5" or 6" tall.

I'm very impressed with with these girls dedication, talent, strength, and grace--I've watched them improve over the years--I've seen them grow from such cute little dancers to very beautiful and confidant dancers--each and every one!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Beautiful Turkeys

What colorful creatures up close!

Reminds me of giant beetle wings.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Tail End of 2013

A nutcracker performance...

Two birthdays on the same day...

and, making cookies for Christmas.