Sundays Are for Practice

One of the watercolor faces that I painted – I feel like I am finally getting a better feel for watercolors.

Days get so hectic and busy, don’t they? I thought retirement was going to be lazy and relaxed. But I find myself getting my fingers into lots of pies (as I always have.) I guess I just like to be busy and productive — some might say I like to be in charge, but I think that’s wrong. I like things my way. I’ve earned that at this age, I think. Anyway, I digress. In addition to my daily art and YouTube video production, I am helping to organize my 50th class reunion. And then there is my job as copy editor of Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher magazine, which I love! Most of these ‘jobs’ keep me in front of the computer a lot. But I really, really love my time in the studio where I can create without limits or rules or other people’s requirements.

I have decided that Sundays will be for practice – practice using art materials I don’t feel as though I have mastered or learned well enough, practice getting better at drawing and painting portraits, and practice using all the art supplies I HAD to buy because I saw a cool YouTube video where someone used them and I jumped over to Amazon and in the spur of the moment, they became part of my studio arsenal (come on – I know I am not alone in that!)

So Sunday, I decided to paint faces. I usually sketch faces with graphite in my journals in the evening while watching TV. Sunday, I actually sat down at my art table with my paints and practiced. I painted a few in watercolors, and then painted one in acrylics in my art journal.

So here’s a video I created by just filming myself while I worked. Watch me paint the watercolor and acrylic faces.
Acrylic girl in my altered book journal. I had fun with her hair!! But I am not all that happy with her face. More Practice is Needed!
This one was an inspiration from Petra Stein with a challenge to paint a face using only one color. It wasn’t easy, but it was fun!

This week, I received some gorgeous, metallic watercolors from 31purplefish Etsy shop. So much fabulous shimmer and shine. I can’t wait to play with them more. I will do a You Tube review for you – the seller (Kelsey) is amazing to work with and provides superb customer service. Her watercolors are amazing and smell divine!

Until next time, Go Make Some Art! Bye . . .

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