Happy Birthday, My Love! (#50): 100 Face Challenge

I want to celebrate one of the loves of my life today, and send Happy Birthday wishes down south to my sweet girl.

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Can’t wait to see you, my love! Keep making us proud! Your dad and I love you so much! Looking forward to giving you a big squeeze!

Today is Selfie Day, thanks to Teresa at One Good Thing. I can’t do a self-portrait to save my soul, and my girl is my husband made over….but she’s half me, after all, and way better looking!

Happy Thursday to all, and give someone special a big hug and kiss today. Let’s keep the love flowing. Peace.

Portrait of a Young Man (#40): 100 Face Challenge

I’m really enjoying my 100 Faces Challenge!   This was just a quick one last weekend, because I couldn’t resist the photo from Google images. So I dove right in. I like it better a week later than I did at the time, hehe.    If you’d like to guess who he is, feel free!    The reference image was probably from about 40 years ago.  I’m holding all guesses in moderation, so everyone has the fun of guessing.

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I can’t believe I’m up to 40 faces in the first week of February!   I can’t seem to resist faces of all kinds.   Also hoping to have some fun with color this weekend.   Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness are helping me out by hosting Draw a Bird Day once again this month (for which I’m very grateful), and Monday is the 8th!    So get on over to their place on Monday and post a link to your artwork where prompted, and then they’ll do a round-up post after the dust settles a bit.   Looking forward to seeing what happens when my Mixed Media Monday crosses with Draw a Bird Day.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, doing whatever makes you smile biggest and laugh hardest. Peace.

Contented Dog (#35): 100 Face Challenge

When I saw this photo of my friend Jodi’s dog at Life in Between…do I have to finish this sentence? How could anyone resist this face?!

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There is nothing sweeter than the eyes of a dog. A challenging, foreshortened view that I’m still working on rendering just right, but every single time, such a joy to try and capture. Thank you, Jodi, for sharing your lovely photos. And thank you, Charlie, my partner in crime!   You both inspire me.

Saturdays are inspiring too! Beef stew will bubble in the crockpot, some kind of cool gluten-free chocolate chunk bars will be baking in the oven…..and then let the weekend dance continue with color galore! Happy almost February…..peace.

Same Face, First Try (#33): 100 Face Challenge

Here is the initial, whole head sketch of the “Eyes Without a Face” man from this morning.

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This is the most challenging face I’ve tried.   He is an actor, born in the UK, although I believe most of his films are American.   As far as I know, he now lives in the US.  I still don’t see him there, but thought I’d post this initial sketch of his whole head, in case anyone was curious.     This was done from a different reference photo than the one I posted this morning. Comments are all being held in moderation, so feel free to guess!

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!   Peace.

Eyes Without a Face? (#32): 100 Face Challenge

I thought this face would be easy to draw, because it has so much character.

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It wasn’t. Because it has so much character(!)  Thus, a partial face! He is an actor from the UK who……is shall we say, north of 50? Not sure how old he was in my reference photo…..and he is still alive. If you can’t tell who he is, it honestly won’t surprise me much! hehe. I’ll hold all comments in moderation, so don’t hold back if you have a guess!

The fun thing (ok, it’s “fun” when I’m looking on the bright side) about art is that I never know what is going to happen when I sit down to draw. It may turn out, it may not, or it may turn out….in part. It’s what keeps it challenging and exciting. Peace and Happy Hump Day to you!

Backyard Bird Nerd Bluebird (#31): 100 Face Challenge

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been struck by Kathy’s photos at Backyard Bird Nerd. She recently posted a series of bluebird photos that begged to be sketched. If you are interested in birds at all, you owe it to yourself to check out her site.

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My Polychromos colored pencils once again helped me out with this little sketch in my Strathmore mixed media art journal. I may just have to make time tonight to sketch the whole bunch! I just love bluebirds, and Kathy captures them from every angle. Sometimes they look so disgruntled, which always makes me laugh. Thanks again, Kathy! You are a huge blessing to us all!

Stay tuned for another famous face tomorrow. Not an American and not a sports figure! Woo hoo! 😀 I just hope I can resurrect it…….we shall see if the portrait gods are with me! Peace.

Who am I (#30): 100 Face Challenge

After helping Hub dig out yesterday, I settled in with him in the Den of Zen to watch TV….and was faced with an interesting face! Hello? Google images?

Presto! Hope you all enjoy.   Feel free to guess his identity, as I hold all correct guesses in moderation; this way everyone has the fun of guessing!   I freehanded this with the help of a Polychromos colored pencil (love them – helpful when you need to erase, which they do so well) in my humble Canson sketchbook (Thank you Kirk, for that wonderful recommendation!)

I’m so glad that the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the roads are fairly clear, and all is right with the world again. Definitely an answer to a prayer! Happy Monday to all!    Peace.

Smiling Man (#29): 100 Face Challenge

Watching TV the other night, inspiration hit me.  I decided it might be worth trying to capture this man using a still of his face, which I found quickly, thanks to the magic of Google images.

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This was the result, with 2B graphite pencil in my Strathmore Mixed Media journal. I hope you enjoy!

To everyone affected by the snowstorm, I think after digging out, it’s time for paint, pencils, and splashes of happiness?   Everybody, let’s dance.    Peace and Happy Sunday to you.