Who’s The Queen For February? : Daily Art Practice
A bird that keeps flying into our window. He even brought a friend the next day and they both hit the window.???
I was visiting my local library this morning, and I spoke with the head Librarian. She asked me if I had blogged about a humongous book (the size of my torso) that I was returning and I mentioned that I hadn’t had time. So today, since I am lacking in topics to chit chat about, it is as good a time as any to share some of my most recent books.
I know you can’t tell from the picture, but this was seriously the biggest book I have ever seen. It was SO heavy, I had to take several trips to the car because I could only fit this book in my arms. You may want to get this from your local library instead of buying it. It has beautiful full-size pictures of art and textile from all different time periods in history to the present. My favorite time periods were the Egyptian, impressionist and Asian.
The pictures in this book were stunning and I was surprised at how vibrant Sargent’s color palette was. I thought I was going to recognize most of the paintings, but I didn’t. His most famous paintings were done in oil. I loved flipping through the various subject matters in this book and found it to be very inspirational.
I didn’t have the chance to read through this book in it’s entirety, but I would highly recommend it based on what I did read. I plan on going back through and studying this book as it had examples of what to do and what not to do when it comes to composition. The explanations in this book were clear and easy to follow.
Beautiful lettering is an art, one of which I would love to learn. I can’t tell you how many books I have read on Typography but I still don’t do it well. Practicing is not the word that comes to mind when I think about writing words but just like every art form, there is a technique. I really like this book because It takes you into people’s sketchbooks to see how they practice and incorporate lettering in to their daily process.
I LOVE watching the GBBO and I am always inspired to bake after watching a season. I haven’t been baking a lot recently and there is nothing better to get me in the mood, or at least thinking about baking, than a book like this. The pictures are colorful, and I enjoy that some of the recipes included are from the contestants.
February Queen Portrait
I completed my next queen portrait. Can you guess who she is?
My process in coming up with the final portrait took quite a turn. I made 3-4 different drafts and the above sketch is #3
This is my final sketch, using StencilGirl stencils as my starting template.
Here I worked out some color palettes using my book, Complete Color Harmony Pantone Edition.
Below is my first draft using one of the color palettes. I loved this one as I am drawn to cooler colors but feedback from others said I needed more red.
My second color palette fit the mood of what I was going for so this is the one I chose.
If you want to see more of the process above, I have detailed photos on my StencilGirl Column HERE.
The Final Draft
That was all practice! For the final draft, I used Arches Watercolor Paper and Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors 48 Colors. I used the Fineline Masking Fluid Pen, to mask off the smaller areas. I love that this particular bottle of masking fluid has a very small tip. As for the color palette, I chose warmer colors than used for my final draft.
Did you figure out who she is?
I am joining the Tea Day Ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Tension Tamer. Believe it or not, I used all 6 boxes since the last time I posted about buying this tea at discount. This morning I went back and bought another 6. I guess saying I would recommend this tea, is an understatement.
Happy Tea Day,