She is little bit different. I wanted to see what happens if she had no hair, or very very short haircut:
I like her. I also like this black (called neutral black, which is actually a mixture of red, blue and black).
It’s Wednesday and we are half way through the working week and getting closer to the weekend, which is always good news. The weather is beautiful, blue sky and sunshine, cold but beautiful, especially looking from the inside of my office at lunch break.
Next Wednesday I will be on holiday and Thursday will travel to Croatia. I hope for more sunshine, long walks and long painting hours in between. So nice to have something great to look forward to.
As I said, this week it’s using the new watercolors. This is the second girl done entirely with them:
Not my best work, but I very much like this yellow (called ‘golden’ which is not really gold just hansa yellow mixed with orange) and red (madder lake, which is not really madder, but alizarine). Anyway, I think they mix beautifully and give such awesome autumnal impression to her hair.
This week’s Life Book lesson has the similar color scheme. I plan to do it next week.
Meet girls No. 40 and 41:
I did them before I bought those new watercolors, but they had to wait for their turn to appear in public 🙂
I still have to work on improving noses and mouths, as I don’t feel quite confident with them yet. I am pretty fine with the eyes though, it was about time after two years of almost every day trying to improve them.
It looked very nice outside at around 8.00 am when I went for a run. There was lots of sunshine, but also freezing wind, so not a very pleasant run at all. Since then the clouds are accumulating and it’s becoming quite dull. In addition, It’s Monday again…
Yesterday we went to the local mall because the weather was too bad to go out, we had coffee and a walk around and, of course, we visited the art shop. They had one new interesting thing: White Nights watercolors. They are Russian and therefore cheaper than other fine watercolor brands. I bought a 24 pan box.
Last night I made some swatches:
They are very pigmented, except the browns, which are a bit pale. They mix nicely too, mixes of green and blue being my favorite, of course. The only thing I really do not like is that they did not come in a plastic or metal box, but in the cardboard with plastic insert, so even though I can cover them now, the paper will eventually tear, leaving them with no protection. I do have a big metal box I use for my other ‘orphan’ pans, so I will need to attach a magnet on the bottom of the pans and put them there. Not a big deal, but still…
This morning I painted a new girl in She Thinks Positive Journal. It was done entirely with these paints:
I find them very staining, opaque, and hard to lift, so they are a bit unforgiving. They will require some getting used to, but I think it will be worth it because I really like the vibrancy. I will try diluting them more, which will require use of a separate palette, due to afore mentioned cardboard packaging. I have yet to try them on real watercolor paper. This in my journal is just sketching paper with a layer of gesso, not really the ‘right’ surface for wet media.
Today I am traveling and will take them with me to use next week. Let’s see what happens.
Just a quick one… This is girl number 43 in my journal. I did not post 40-42 yet, but as I recorded a video of this one, let it be her today:
Yesterday I did two faces in She Thinks Positive Journal. The first one I do not like so much:
What I like about her is her expression, sad and pensive. I tried to draw an ear, which did not really work quite well. Not surprising at all because I never draw ears. The next one I like better:
I tried to do the nose in a different way and I think it’s a success. At least I like it much better than the previous style of noses I did, so I will stick to it in the future. I worked a lot on the eyes and that also worked well I think. So, two lessons learned on this one, which is quite a success. What I do not like are her eyebrows. I was so concentrated on the eyes that I simply did not pay attention and they became too strong and went out into her hair. I am thinking about filming one of these girls, maybe tomorrow if the light will be good.
Yesterday was a great day. I did another girl in She Thinks Positive Journal and I liked her.
It was also a beautiful sunny day and I went to the town with my mother. We had a coffee in a cafe at the main square and set outside as it was gorgeous sun and rather warm. Then we had a walk next to the river and then an ice cream on our way back.
Today it’s again sunny and very warm. I went for a run and now I am back to my home office. It’s a working day today, but it’s fine, because there are only three days until weekend 🙂
Here is a quick update in She Thinks Positive Journal:
I am happy how this one turned out, all facial features being more or less where they should 🙂
It’s the last day of our long weekend, and I did my morning run in the sun. It was cold but beautiful. It’s still sunny and I am heading out for a walk in the town with my mother. Maybe a coffee if we find a nice place, who knows…
It’s time for She Thinks Positive Journal update. I have two girls done over the weekend. I am not too pleased with how they turned out but I am reminding myself that this journal is supposed to be totally imperfect. So here they are:
It’s a lovely sunny Monday and I enjoy it even more because it’s part of a long weekend. We are free until Wednesday. I will travel today, so I better get packing. Have a great Monday!
I am continuing my work on house doodle, but in the meantime she wanted my attention:
It looks like a nice sunny Saturday. I already finished my food shopping and ritual breakfast and coffee outing. I am just having a small rest and then will head out for a run. Didn’t mean to go running today, but the day is too good not to use it to be in the sun as long as possible. Have a great Saturday!