Painting from my imagination

I love to draw in my small sketchbook.  In fact, I often take my pencil case and sketchbook in my purse … kind of wherever I go. 
I’ve been doing this for about 4 years.  I’ve now completed 4 sketchbooks with all kinds of weird and sweet little characters.  I call them “The Unseen Folk”.
So… anyway… 2 years ago I decided that one of my drawings warranted being painted.  Here’s the result:
“Sad Queen Bee”
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, I’ve finally picked out another from the many drawings in my sketchbooks.   This one, called “Bird Call”, is one of my favorite drawings and I always felt an urge to paint it.  

 


First I make a copy of my original drawing, making it two times the size larger.  I feel the painting needs to be bigger than the drawing.  It’s easier, for one thing, to paint.  And, other than that… It just seems right to me.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to decide on a color scheme.  In this case I wanted different shades of aqua.  But, I also felt I needed a red to add some warmth and to complement the blues and greens.
Small studies help me see how the colors will blend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then on to painting…   I proceed slowly, using my drawing as my guide for facial expression, light and dark values, and details.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

The finish?  Sometimes it takes a bit of thought and many moments of just looking, feeling and thinking before you know what else it might need. 
Trust yourself to figure it out.
And, also, perhaps ask a trusted friend what they think. 

It is unbelievable the sweet joy I feel as I work through adding layers of color to these images.  I’m not sure this one is finished, but thought I would at least share my progress.

 

I plan to do many more of these and to share them with you.

 

Always experiment with whatever you do.  Try different techniques, color, subject matter… Let your heart be your guide.  It will tell you what you love and by painting what you love, you will learn, entertain yourself, and perhaps inspire others to do the same…  Maybe others will love what you have done enough to want to own it for themselves. 

4 Responses to “Painting from my imagination”

  1. Mary Kosary June 7, 2020 8:57 am
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    Are you selling any floral online art classes. Love your paintings. Mary Kosary Venice, FL

  2. Pamela June 20, 2020 6:51 pm
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    How do you make your drawing twice as big? Do you trace and then enlarge on a photocopier?
    (I love these two drawings/paintings. You must have ADORED fairy stories as a child.)

  3. Jeannie July 4, 2020 10:36 am
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    Hi Mary,
    I’m not currently selling online art classes, however I do have some YouTube videos. Hopefully I’ll get motivated and do some more. I know there is an interest out there for some of my techniques and florals are always a good way to show what I do. I will let you know if I do decide to teach online. Thanks!!! <3

  4. Jeannie July 4, 2020 10:37 am
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    Hi Pamela. You could certainly trace and then enlarge on a photocopier. But, the way I enlarge is to use a digital projector. That way I can make the image any size that seems appropriate and it’s pretty easy to use for me.

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