Saturday, February 15, 2014


'lil' ~ acrylic paint, fabric, and marks all pencil in old book, 4" x 6"

i started out last week painting acrylic faces, but became so frustrated that i switched to doodling simple girls in pencil.... one day i drew a puffy skirt (like lil's wearing), and then i was off drawing folk art girls inspired by laurie meseroll.  i dearly love laurie's paintings...

'belle' ~ acrylic paint, oil pastels, and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"

before that, endless messing...   i was unhappy with the right side of belle's face so i covered it up with white paint, which was much better.   also i tried *many* variations of lips before finding one she liked!

'madge'~ acrylic paint, oil pastels, and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"

next i painted madge, and she gave me no trouble...  as with the other faces, i used my fingers, a palette knife, and scrubber brushes.   i really *love* scrubber brushes.  thank you lisa for telling me about them!

untitled ~ acrylic paint and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"

this was the last face i painted before i went off on the folk girl track;  i got completely stuck on this one;  just could not find my way to a happy ending.  so, after a ridiculous number of layers i gave up.  notice i tried The White Paint On One Side Of The Face Trick to no avail...   if she weren't on a fragile old book page i'd scrape a lot of the paint off and see what showed up, but since i can't, i'll leave her as is. 

pencil and colored pencil in charvin journal, 5 1/2" x 8"

i distract myself frequently with colored pencil drawings - it's fun, it's easy!   some of these drawings were inspired by katherine dunn's book 'creative illustration workshop'.   i'm crazy about that book...
 
pencil and colored pencil on part of page in charvin journal

pencil and colored pencil in charvin journal

me talking to acrylic paint, ha ha...

pencil and colored pencil in moleskine weekly planner

 bits from my moleskine weekly planner...    since the space for each day is about 3" x 5", i usually draw small so i can fit a bunch in.   the girl on the far right is a little over 1" tall;  if you're a small face drawer you know that getting the lips right can be challenging.   you need a very sharp point on your colored pencil... 

tuscan red and poppy red verithin pencils

i now use prismacolor verithin pencils for tiny lips...  they're hard and they keep a sharp point for a long time...  i *need* deco pink and orange!

'delia' ~ acrylic paint, cloth, oil pastels, and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"

it's been great to draw legs and arms at crazy angles; to lay down the task of learning how to draw figures more realistically.   i'm not sure i'll pick it up again...

43 comments:

  1. Oh My Lynne!! You have been very busy. I must tell you, it is so very enjoyable looking at your art. I get lost in each piece!! It's like a 'viewing gift' that I can look at over and over again. 'Lil and Delia' are WONDERFUL.... Love them. The expressions on Belle and Madge are so stunning - very deep in thought. And I absolutely without a doubt LOVE the mystery of your 'Untitled' painting. I believe the untitled one is my favorite out of all the paintings you shared with us in this post. Thank you for all these beautiful 'viewing gifts'!!!
    Have a Wonderful Weekend.

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    1. ha, joan, thank you about 'untitled'! and about the 'viewing gifts'... that really makes me smile... : )

      i like the mystery of 'untitled' too... and her eye. but i do feel that i didn't/couldn't fully capture her...

      love...

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  2. I love your blog Lynne! Laurie Meseroll is a friend of mine and I own more of her paintings than I can count! Your work continues to be an inspiration for me and I really appreciate the product recommendations....my dickblick shopping cart expands every time you post something! :) Beverley

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    1. beverley!! you know i'm smiling to see you here... : )

      i *want* a laurie meseroll painting! and i will buy one someday... as for dick blick - my shopping car is ever expanding also...

      xoxo

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    2. :) .....Your new girls are a hit with the followers, check it out! :) Also, send me your shipping address, I have a little something I'd like to send you! my email is bashiller@gmail

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  3. Oh my...Lil...she's a gem! I love the poofy skirted girls...all of them...Delia...and the sweet one in the orange skirt. I feel so inspired to just draw and experiment in my sketchbooks. You know I think every sketchbook I own was inspired by you come to think of it! And Katherine Dunn's book is STILL a favorite of mine too.

    I am really loving the details in your daily planner. It's sort of like studying a road map.,,,all sorts of interesting details to discover.

    Thanks for the mention Lynne. xo

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    1. it IS like a road map - that's exactly what it's like... as for the sketchbooks, yours inspire me to keep going, keep experimenting. keep keeping it real!

      love!

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  4. Darling Lynne realism is much over rated :-). I love all of these but by far the one I love most is of you talking to the paint. xoxo

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    1. ha ha, annie, i agree about realism...

      i know, i love that girl too... and i tell you, that's what i look like when i'm trying to get acrylic paint to do what i want. ; )

      xoxo

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    2. Well, you look beautiful. :-).xoxo

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  5. Really enjoyed looking at all of these Lynne. I didn't realize that there was a 'White paint on one side of the face trick'. That's what I used on my first oil pastel face for the 29 faces Challenge when the eyes went wrong lol !

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    1. yes, fuzzie fingers, the White Paint trick is tried and true... ; )

      thank you for letting me know you enjoyed looking. : )

      xoxo

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  6. I love hearing about process, even if it's frustrating to experience. Hearing the frustrating parts, console some part of me and remind me that meeting the wall can just be part of the process (though not that much fun).

    Love all your girls, even the ones that gave you trouble!

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    1. thank you, carole... yeah, i think it is helpful reading about others' process... it's easy to think that everyone else just whips out masterpieces, or at least doesn't encounter stumbling blocks.

      waving... : )

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  7. You are especially brilliant Lynne at little details, the way you draw little feet, the pointed nose, the upturned chin...magical! The white pages reflect the delicate lines so well.
    I smile when you write of covering things you don't like with white paint, I do the same with Gesso, it often produces some nice happy accidents, often I cant bear looking at an area in a painting and geso seems the main solution. I will take a look at the book you suggested, thanks for the lovely comments on Misty :)

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    1. why thank you, morag... i do feel that little details can make a big difference.

      it's true, isn't it?! sometimes looking at part of a painting is just unbearable - as dramatic as that sounds! and yes, white paint/gesso often seems the best solution for removing the offending area. : )

      xoxo

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  8. hello Lynne,
    it is wonderful to have you sharing with us. Your art is such a joy to see. I love your many styles and still they all are so you! Lovely last days of winter to you...
    xo

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    1. hello tammie... smiling to see you here, and thank you!

      i wish you lovely last days of winter too. here's to happy wandering!

      xoxo

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  9. Wonderful skin tones, and I hate to be perverse, but I do like untilled very much, its as if she wants to hide behind a tree and melt away......
    I have been lucky to do a number of shows with Laurie Messerol, her booth always stunning and I am there early wandering round and round starting at each piece, I love it when she puts houses, figures, and rabbits together. She is also a very kind and lovely person.
    xx
    julie

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    1. i agree that 'untitled' has her strengths. she'd have to otherwise the page would've been ripped right out of the book, ha ha... but as i said above, i don't feel that i fully captured her - and that's a disappointment...

      i love the way laurie puts *everything* together, and it doesn't surprise me that she's a kind and lovely person because that's what comes through loud and clear in her paintings...

      wavin' julie... and still thinking about that badger... : )

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  10. Very cool, Lynne!! Love what you're doing!! xo

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    1. heya manon! it's been a while! i need to go see what you're up to!

      thank you... : )

      xoxo

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  11. Lynne, Lynne, Lynne. You leave me speechless. I love the folk arty look, I ADORE the untitled portrait, the one that gave you so much trouble :), and all I need is one more book that I want. White paint and scrubber brushes, well, YES!!!! xoxo

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    1. well, dang, that untitled portrait seems to be liked by many! crazy how we think something is substandard, while others like it!

      you made me laugh out loud about the white paint and scrubber brushes... : )

      xoxo

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  12. Belle has given up, Madge is wistful , Untitled , I thought of Liza with a Z , she was fading away , the way it was meant to be...love the puffy skirts and my fav is in the last one ..she's first left love her little hat ...reality is overrated love those wonky legs ..looks like you have been having fun ....smooches

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    1. yeah, she totally looks like a liza... and i think you're right, she was fading away...

      i know, i know, reality is vastly overrated...

      xoxo

      p.s. i don't think belle will ever give up. ; )

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  13. yeah, sometimes there just isn't a happy ending to a piece we are working on.. and I am off to google scrubber brushes! xoxo

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  14. There is such a wealth of interest and inspiration here Lynne. I love your acrylic paintings and the misty white effects on one side of the faces. It's strange how what the artists sees and is dissatisfied with is liked and admired by others. Your sketches are all fun and the miniature ones are amazing. I love using coloured pencil, and often feel guilty at doing so, but with a coloured pencil in my hand I'm taken back to children and just have fun.
    In your previous post you showed your finger paintings, and this inspired me to try one. It was so free and such fun to do, and I was amazed at how quickly it all came together, with the added enjoyment of the close involvement with the paint.
    As for realistic figures, I read recently about Chagall a comment that went something like "Chagall never let anatomical exactitude get in the way of a good painting". If it was good enough for Chagall ……….

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    1. jez, i absolutely agree about colored pencils... they're very freeing in that way, i think. it also seems that lots of folks feel like using them is kind of 'cheating'. crazy!! the things we think... : )

      as you know, i saw your finger painting... so lovely, so open!

      yes, onward with minimal regard for realism...

      xoxo

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  15. You've been having some fun I see, I adore all these visions of inspiration sprung to life on paper. Madge is quite lovely and all those girls showing off their legs are awesome, I'm thinking I want to invite them all over for a tea party, oh the fun I'd have with them...but seriously I am always amazed by your creations...take good care of your hands...they are very precious and bring so much sweet joy into the world.... xoxo

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  16. You never cease to amaze, so unique, lively, quirky, folksy, naive, PURE!

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  17. Learning new things can be such challenge… oh! the frustration! There is a moment in all of this when it starts to work..,.it magically all comes out. For me this usually happens when stop trying so hard.
    Love, love what you're doing Lynn. You are such an inspiration to me, truly!

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  18. Hi, Lynne - what a pleasure to stop by here and enjoy your drawings and paintings! Inspiring as always.
    xxoo, sus

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  19. oh lynne, just had to come back to look at that weekly planner one more time, my favorite of the lot. i have a laurie messeroll original i bought years ago. but you are my fave. all your paintings sold, snif. will sit tight.

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  20. Thanks Lynne for taking me into a wonderful world of magic with pencil and paint.
    Wish I had your vision.

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  21. I too love all of your work, I love how you use colour, and move around with different mediums. Always a treat to come and look and look and enjoy your creative ways.

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