I painted this one to take to my mother's funeral service in May of 2011.
|Mother's Funeral Gift - Butterfly|
This one is my second effort, this time using chalk pastels
The third one is chalk pastel again
That's probably enough butterflies. I think I'll try some flowers next. I have taken lots of photos this summer to use as models for painting in the winter. Not many living things to work from then, so pictures will be helpful.
Try some pastels. They are inexpensive, easy, fun to work with, and you can erase.
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OK, now I have done two more. I created this one in Sept 2011 as a gift using Oil pastels. It is a bloom from a petunia that someone gave me as a gift after hearing that my mother had passed. I used Oil pastels because the recipient would need to take it home with them, on travel.
|Wedding Gift - two lilies|
|You and I could paint the sky together|
I did this for a friend. (Nov 2011) I like how the candle and vase represent the male-female principles (united in each person) and also the four elements are represented. The symbolism is just something I saw afterward, although it must have shaped the composition. Or maybe it shaped the Altar that I was painting a picture of...
Dec 2011 - Here is the one I was asked to do. Maybe someday I will be a "Real Artist" and sell something.
Feb 2012 - I am taking a Basic Drawing course and one of the assignments was to picture something using "textures" created from letters and numbers. The different glyphs would show either texture or value (light / dark) of a surface. I decided to make this picture of Lady Gaga, reproduced from the album notes, using letters L A D Y G and numbers 1 0 3 and 8. I had never drawn a face before (well, I did a self-portrait when I was 7, I wonder if my mom has it?) so this was a first. I made a pencil drawing, then filled in values using the letters and numbers. I think it's pretty good for not having tried a face before. Usually my "inner critic" is fairly vocal, but this time my inner Peacock was pleased and I tried not to let it run away with me. Now I can understand people who are self-promoting: they are probably very low in self-esteem and often hard on their own work. I hadn't felt that before.
|Basic Drawing class Assignment|