Showing posts with label painting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label painting. Show all posts

Friday, May 30, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Pencils, Pens, Pastels, Paints

As most of you know, I love crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Something you may not know about me is that I also love to paint and draw too! I started drawing, like more than just stick figures or people with mitten hands, when I was about 13 or 14. I still have the first picture I drew when I actually realized that I could do it. I drew a picture of Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music using a picture in a book I had for reference. I thought I turned out alright so I showed my mom and she seemed pretty surprised and my impressed. That gave me the confidence to keep going. (Ha! unintentional "I Have Confidence" reference.)

Pretty soon I had drawn through the 12 months of photos in my Audrey Hepburn calendar. 

Eventually I took a couple of art classes in high school and in college. I started experimenting with different media, charcoal, pen and ink, pastels, water colors. Here is a charcoal drawing of Liza Minnelli and the front driver's side corner of a Ford Mustang that I drew for a gradient project in one of my art classes. The majority of my artwork could easily be classified as "stars and cars."


My first pastel drawing surprised me when I finally finished and focused on the entire page. I don't think any of the pastel projects that followed have matched it.

Watercolors were fun. I always have to have a large scrap piece of paper next to me so I can test and retest my brush to make sure I get the right shade when I put it on the actual painting. The majority of water colors I've done have been cars. I actually  used graphite backed paper to trace the outlines of vehicles from ads in a vintage LIFE magazine onto the watercolor paper because I just wanted to worry about the painting part, not the drawing part.

I have been itching to get my paints out again recently but I haven't had, or made, the time to be able to do it yet.
I made a New Year's resolution post where I said I wanted to draw some more, which I January. Well, my work schedule is getting a little swapped around for the summer, so we will see what sort of time that may or may not open up for getting out my art supplies and seeing what happens!

I was thinking just now about how I finally get to use my talents to serve others working at a craft store, learning from and/or teaching customers tips and tricks on how to go about certain crafts. Of course at the library, making the canopy, having made book display posters, and story time name tags, and so many other fun things for work!

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Still Counting Down

Well, I know, no pictures lately. I'm waiting for the 29 days to be up. Then I shall have some nice pictures of everything I've finished...not 29 pictures, but grouping the similar things, you know?

However, here is my list of thing I've been working on. Updated just 2 minutes ago!

29 Days

28-Lemonade Pie
27-Grocery Shopping, Lobsters
26-Creme egg brownies
25-Blue glitter sweater
18-Jillnaimo bars
17-Joann fabrics for pillow stuff
14-car paintings
13-car painting
11-car painting

Let me explain a couple of things.

First of all, I'm trying to crochet 37 doilies. It's an Anne of Green Gables thing.

Secondly, a couple of these days are places I went and things that I made. I was actually out of the house for a good chunk of those days. Contrary to popular belief, I do have a life.

Thirdly! I made Nanaimo Bars and had to keep substituting ingredients. They actually turned out okay, but because I had like 2 actual ingredients I dubbed my version Jillnaimo Bars. that even what you say? I am not painting a car. I am making paintings of old cars from vintage ads in an old LIFE magazine that I have.

Lastly, I know I set this up the same as last week's post. I am a list maker. That's whey this whole post is a list and there is a big fat list within the post!

I have so say, it is incredible that there are only 11ish days to go of my countdown! I am ready to see my pal again! :D

PS Thank you to whoever(If you're reading this) favorites the Julie Andrews picture on etsy. It is such thrill to know someone really likes something I worked so hard on! I really appreciate it.