Friday, September 27, 2013

Here's another crepe paper paint illustration that I finished today.  I posted this photo to my Instagram account so, I used a filter.  As you can see in the original photo below, the colors are not as vivid.  

I'm pretty sure I'll be continuing my natural hair themed illustrations.  I would like to try the ladies on canvas and on fabric.  That's my plan for next week.  I don't plan on working over the weekend.   The weather is supposed to be nice so, I'm going to get out and enjoy it.  What are you plans for the weekend!

Schönes Wochenende!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

I've been experimenting with a new paint technique.  Well, it's new for me.  These three lovely ladies were painted using a "bleeding" technique.

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased several rolls of crepe paper.  At the time, I had no idea how I would use the paper.  I had become frustrated with the acrylic paints and besides that, I've ruined a couple of canvases because, I can't get the paint to blend the way I want to.  Anyway, I know that crepe paper when wet it pretty much like watercolor.  So, I thought I would try painting with crepe paper paint.

I am really pleased with the results.  I had to paint over my drawing several times to get the effect that I wanted.  It did cause the paper to buckle a bit but, I think they turned out very nicely.

I did try painting a background on my paper for each lady.  The backgrounds didn't really thrill me so, I decided to cut my ladies out.  I think I am going to frame them and hang them in my studio.

Painting with crepe paper paint is my new favorite thing.  I already have a few sketches that I want to paint using this technique.  Practice makes perfect so, I'm heading back to my sketch pad, crepe paper and brushes!

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This watercolor and colored pencil illustration was inspired by Richard Avendon's February 1952 cover for Haper's Bazaar.  Of course, I gave my model her own unique look.

Have a good one!


Monday, September 23, 2013

I took a quick pause during my power walk today to photograph these beauties.  I'm afraid they won't be around much longer.  It's starting to get cold.  I hope that you're have a fantastic day!

Bis Später!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Afro Puffs

Afro Queen

Espresso at the Eiffel Tower

Here are a few afro themed projects that I worked on over the weekend.  The first two are watercolor paintings.  I have never really worked with watercolors.  For these paintings I used watercolor pencils.  I colored in my drawing first.  It's really cool to see how the colors blend together after brushing over the paper with water.  I am happy with the results of my work, although I need to practice a bit more to the get the technique right.

The lady in the red beret is a acrylic and fabric paints.  She'll be available for sale soon in my Etsy shop.

How did you spend your weekend?

Have a great Monday!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I'm working hard to fill up my Etsy shop with goodies.  Here's today's latest addition.

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I just wanted to pop in to show you guys my latest painting.  I just love weddings!

Bis später!

PARIS 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

 I had a great time in Paris last week!  I made the trip with my Schwiegermutter (mother-in-law) and my  Schwägerin (sister-in-law).  The weather was perfect!  We had sunny skies during our whole trip. On my last two trips it was either rainy or cold.  We really picked the right time to travel to the city of lights.

We stayed in the district of Republique.  Our hotel was nice but, the area itself is very loud. The two nights that we were there, I probably got about two hours of sleep each night.  There are plenty of restaurants and cafes and shopping in the area and, the streets along the canal are nice for strolling and browsing the tiny shops.  The square or Place de Republique is always full of activity.  It's a great place to just sit and people watch.

We chose the subway as our mode of transportation on our first day.  The subway is conveniently  located everywhere in the city and it's relatively easy to navigate your way around to almost all of the must see areas in Paris.  On the second day, we decided to take  a cruise on the Seine river with the Batoboat.   For just 15 Euros you can cruise along the river all day.  The boat stops  at eight sights including Notre Dame and the Louvre where tourist can get on and off as they please for as long as they want to visit these historical landmarks.

I really enjoyed visiting this beautiful city with my family.  However, I probably wont be returning to Paris anytime soon. I think I've grown weary of big cities. It's just too hectic.   Not to mention the fact that my mother-and-law and I almost got run over by a speeding bicyclist!  My husband and I have already decided that the next time we travel to France, we will be headed south towards Provence.  I hear the countryside is beautiful there.  I can't wait to see it with my own eyes and through the lens of my camera.

Have a fabulous day!
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