Sunday, January 4, 2015


'tree girl' ~ casein paint, beeswax, watercolors and oil pastels on stillman and birn 'delta' paper

it's been a long time...  i've painted a lot since the november post.   i've tried to draw and paint every day, because it keeps me happy...

pencil and watercolors on 'delta' paper

but for sure there've been plenty of days when this was my motto.  when i painted and drew even when i couldn't think of anything to paint or draw. 

watercolors, oil pastels and pencil on 'delta' paper

i finished the landscape orientation book from the november post,

oil pastels, watercolors and pencil on 'delta' paper 

watercolors and pencil on 'delta' paper

pencil on 'delta' paper

watercolors and pencil in pocket moleskine

 started in a new pocket watercolor moleskine, and made a new book with stillman and birn's 'delta' paper.

pencil and watercolors in pocket moleskine

i painted a lot of leaf girls.

'golden' high flow acrylics and pencil on 'delta' paper

here i was messing around with 'golden' high flow acrylics. i *like* them.

watercolors, gouache, colored pencil and pencil in pocket moleskine

i painted/drew a lot of this page while i was on the phone, on hold.   listening to muzak can make you go a little crazy.

watercolors and pencil in pocket moleskine

i've thought about how much i love to draw small faces,

watercolors,  oil pastels, pencil and gouache in pocket moleskine

and bigger ones.

watercolors and pencil in pocket moleskine

watercolors and pencil on 'delta' paper

last summer i decided that i wanted to paint faces with watercolors only - no colored pencil or oil pastels.  i'm practicing and i feel like i'm making progress...

watercolors, pencil, acrylic paint, matte medium and gesso in pocket moleskine

a few days ago i took danielle donaldson's e-course 'creative girl: the land of light and shadows', which is offered on jeanne oliver's ning group. for two days most of jeanne's classes were half price; i took danielle's class and signed up for kathie vezzanie's 'plaster and wax 101' for $34!   i appreciate that jeanne keeps the prices of her classes low in general, and sometimes has super good deals on them.

watercolors,  pencil and uni-ball signo pen in pocket moleskine

in danielle's class i learned a lot about highlights and shadows, which is a subject i'm endlessly  fascinated by.   and danielle's a watercolor and pencil girl too - you know i love that!     i painted this 'danielle girl' in class...  (i'll pretend that the bottom line of her cape  really does make my eyes smile ; )   not only did i learn a lot, it was a lot of *fun* to paint and draw in a different way.

watercolors and pencil in pocket moleskine

i painted this yesterday, sitting outside.  i've hardly been out wandering at all - the ground is really muddy and it's been cold, but yesterday it was 30 degrees, which is warm enough to walk, and, if you find a sunny spot, warm enough to paint.   since i couldn't think of anything to paint i just put color down; i kept painting and repainting until the sun went behind the trees.  it felt so great to be painting outside again...  and yeah, i *do* keep a tube of white gouache in my daypack!

if you've made it this far, you have true stamina, ha!   thank you for your kindness, your comments, and your support in the past year...   and for all of the cool tips and great products that you've shared with me.  may 2015 be a happy one for you all!

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"Art is a line around your thoughts" 

 ~Gustav Klimt

33 comments:

  1. Hi Lynne and a happy new year to you too! As always I love your faces and seeing your books. I love wax over paintings. It gives such a lovely appearance, like something old and mysterious. I like the leaf girls. You could paint some on leaves when you are out. Hope you are ok. Painting and drawing always helps me too when I am feeling a bit down. As does doing anything creative I suppose. I haven't done much recently though I have started a new year journal-in a reclaimed book-'The Bridge Over San Luis Rey which had a nice coloured cover and I had two copies of! I have gessoed all the pages either black or white as the paper is pretty thin.

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  2. Such beautiful faces Lynne. I never struggle to reach the end of your posts however long they may be. Your paintings are a treat to see. Best Wishes for 2015.

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  3. What a great post Lynne! Oh my goodness, your sketchbooks are magical! Thank you for the tips on the classes. They sound really good. You are so knowledgeable about materials, I am betting you could teach classes too. But I know you would rather just sit in the sun and paint peacefully. :)

    xoxo

    PS: Your teapot is exquisite!

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  4. I love these tender, delicate drawings & paintings....beautiful! Happy New Year!

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    1. thank you, sally! and a happy new year to you, too!

      xoxo

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  5. I thought I was leafing through a fairytale, a story that needed few words. I'm always so happy to see a new post from you that I would stay with it even if it were a mile long! xoxo

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    1. P.S. Just saw the leaf pun -- not intended, but I like it!

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  6. Happy New Year Lynne!! These are all just lovely and OH! "tree girl"" is enchanting!!!
    All the best in the coming year!
    Beverley

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  7. Oh my, my heart stopped when I read my name. Thank you for signing up for my ecourse. I love my Nurture painting. You are not on Facebook are you? I showed a picture of how I framed it on this lovely book cover that was lined with leaves. Such beautiful faces in this post, Lynne. Quite lovely.

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  8. i agree with colette... a fairy story and your work is sublime... makes ME happy anyway... here is to a very happy and creative year, dear one... xoxo

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  9. OMGosh LH! Another batch of wonderful creativity! Thank you! Love them, all of them!

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  10. i so enjoyed my stroll through your post
    taking your art to heart
    really lovely in so many ways
    our perfect sketchbooks might be in the mail ;-)

    xo

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  11. hello my friend lovely post,hope your Christmas was special and a happy new year..I did Danniel,s class earlier in the year and I signed up for Staphanie Lee,s plaster class lol great minds...love your leaf girls and great quote from Klimt....hope this year is a special one dear Lynne xox

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  12. great post ...i want to live in the house on stilts . ( :

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  13. Your girls are absolutely beuatiful <3 I have try to draw every day too, it keeps me going. And that wax on paper, I love that. I haven`t never try wax on paper but on fabric sometimes. I just hope I learn to write what thoughts your post gives to me but I can not do that yet. I try to learn more english because of that. <3 Niina

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  14. I slowly savoured each of your lovely paintings Lynne! I love your sensitive handling of paint, it's so inspiring. I tend to have too much of a rushed and heavy hand and use far too much paint! Thankyou for your kind words on my new year resolutions drawings, they're the first ones I've done for weeks and it feels like I've forgotten how to draw. ;)
    Jess xx

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  15. Your sketchbooks are truly magical! I love each one of those sweet faces. I admire your ability to sit in the sun at 30 degrees - brrr! Hope this new year gives you many hours in the sun!
    xo

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  16. A delight to behold!! Thank you Lynne for sharing your treasures, you certainly have mastered your watercolours and as well as your faces I hugely admire your little objects, that little teapot made my heart sing. You paint with such softness and delicacy. A very happy new year my dearest, may it bring joy and creative light.

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  17. Lynne, I love them all. Such joy shows through. I try to draw daily too, but mine are all mark making, no people. Happy New Year to you dear one. xoxo

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  18. Beautiful pieces all. I especially love the addition of the beeswax in the first one.

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  19. What a great post. I enjoyed my trip of peace and happy feeling s - looking at all of them.
    they all have "truth". The highest compliment I can give.

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  20. These are wonderful ~ one and all! Keep creating beauty and happiness ~ every day!

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    1. thank you, rose... i shall try to keep creating beauty and happiness every day. : )

      xoxo

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  21. do you even suspect how i look forward to your posts? they are a highlight in my life, every time! i love that you explain what materials you used to create each piece. You are so versatile. encaustics evade me; i have used that little iron to no avail. but above all, i love the things you choose to paint. thank you.

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  22. Oh how I love every bit of line and color you bring into the world. It just delights my heart to visit your work.
    Happy New Year, Dear Artist Heart ! Big love to you!

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  23. The boat on stilts, the tree/pitch fork...your imagination amazes and delights me!
    Painting daily is such a gift to give yourself.

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  24. Your work is such a delight! and this post went on and on with such beauty as I scrolled down. I looked slowly to savour and enjoy each creation - and now I need to go back and look again after I comment, because I can't get enough of it. I love your faces, the plants, the shoes - oh I love it all. I love seeing all the different mediums you use - the beeswax adds such beautiful depth! (love it!) and thanks for sharing the links to classes - need to check that out! Thanks also for your comment on my blog, knowing your like my creations makes me smile all over! Enjoy the sun!

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  25. Your art makes me so happy - I have kept this post at the end of my feed as a treat for when I had a few minutes to look more closely at it and what a delightful time I had. I'm curious about how you keep your papers from curling when you watercolor in a pocket moleskine - is it a special moleskine or just the normal brown covered one??

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  26. Hey Lynne, I took Danielle's class when it was live back in the fall. I was frustrated with myself that I was so busy I hardly paid attention to it. I have been reviewing it this last month. I have also signed up for her storybook class which starts March 14th. Are you taking that one? I also appreciate the lower prices Jeanne offers.
    Love the house on stilts and your tiny faces. Makes me want to work tiny. ALWAYS enjoy your blog and to see what you are up to. Cheers-Darlene

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  27. Hiya Lynne....like Darlene I also took Danielle's classes last year ...but, didn't pay enough attention.....and,unlike her I have been looking in vain for how I can see our info again...or if we can do that. Maybe she wrote things down...I didn't ....sigh..... just like me ..procrastination will be the death of me....
    Do you know how I could access the video on the little houses on stilts again? ... I have written to Danielle...perhaps she will answer me ....

    love your stuff....

    Veronica

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  28. Your delicate hand and deep thought are always so very intriguing! -ox

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  29. I love the teapot and the Klimt quote!

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