December 29, 2013

Walk On….ballerina style


I was wanting to color-sketch big and when I came across this ballerina “done with practice for the day”, I thought she’d be the perfect candidate. 


Did the watercolor wash first.  Then started in on the slippers…you know the easy stuff!


If you’ve been following me on instagram then this scene won’t be so new to you.


This will give you a perspective as to the size.  30 x 40 inches.  It’s the same brand of illustration board as I used for the Horse.  But I’m having much trouble with the paper.  It seems to not like the watercolor so much.  It’s bumping up on me and it’s flaking off.  I don’t remember that being an issue with the horse! Ugh! 

Stayed with watercolor and w/c pencils as long as humanly possible!  But, the board seems happier when I use colored pencils.

Onto the hands….I seem to “get” the hands when I do them in watercolor.  Watercolor is so pliable, it just adapts better to all those cracks and crevices.

This back is going to be fun!  One minute it’s watercolor time the next it’s colored pencil time.  But they seem to work well with each other….so I’m happy!


The w/c pencils used so far.  All lined up….ready to go!


I just love this ladies attitude!! She’s so confident and cute!  I hope I can do her justice Smile

December 9, 2013

Warhol….Watered Down


I enjoyed doing the first Warhol style drawing, so I thought I do another.

I wanted to use a different color pallet….jewel tones.  Teals, blues, purples, pinks. 


The initial pink was Way-Too-Strong, so I went in and took a lot of the watercolor pigment off (watered it down).  Which ended up being the plan for the entire picture.

Apply the watercolor strong initially, then take it off.  I liked how the pigment remained dark at the borders.

I ended up putting a lot more detail into the face….which may not have been the best choice.

But it was an interesting choice.


This picture kind of grows on me, if I don’t expect it to look like the original.

December 2, 2013

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

IF I sent out Christmas cards…..I think this would be the one.

In honor of those Ugly Christmas Sweater days!

I don’t know when I stopped wearing my ugly Christmas sweaters, but I did rack up a few.

I did this all in watercolor by brush. 

We are all missing our eyes here….we appear a little zoombie-ish.


Merry Christmas everyone!
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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden