Ballerina Challenge 6/10

ballerina 6

Ballerina number 6!

This is a little different from the other ballerinas I’ve done. She is actually in a setting, not floating around in white nothingness!

It is way too easy to draw a subject but not think about the environment it is in. I confess I’m quite lazy when it comes to drawing backgrounds. It’s something I don’t practice very much. (That’s another thing to add to my improvement list, along with hands, feet, hair, etc. With art, there is always room for improvement.)

Thank you to all of you for giving me nice words of encouragement! It brightens my day to get feedback!

Note: Here is a picture of my current palette. I’ve got a lot of brown and earthy tones going on.


April Blossom

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Everything is blossoming right now and it is so beautiful! I was on a run (ah, what? Yeah, it’s time to get in shape!) this afternoon and I couldn’t help but feel inspired by the natural beauty around. Living in town doesn’t allow for a lot of nature hikes, but I do see nature in the small things like potted plants on front porches, little flower boxes, and even in the garden center at the supermarket.

I love it all.

For this piece, I had these photos for reference:


I sketched this lady on watercolor paper (which feels so expensive!) with a ballpoint pen, then painted her with Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors.

For the flowers, I first took the picture on my run (…okay I’m a teensy bit proud of myself. It’s not every day I can find the motivation to exercise!) and then used that as a loose reference. Finally, I combined the two in Photoshop 🙂

I figured the turtleneck was a bit much for spring, but with the weather we’ve been having, it might be appropriate.

Note: Does anyone know what type of tree that is?

2nd Note: Thank you to What Olivia Did for the reference picture! It is so retro and adorable! And that beehive *sighs*