Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday Challenge- Flowers!

Sorry I am just posting this now, yesterday was crazy. I love to draw and paint flowers! I love to paint them realistically or whimsically or just any ole way! There is no right or wrong way. So before winter hits and all the flowers are gone lets do some flower drawings!

Sunflower Sunshine makes me Happy2 (Enhanced) from Desiree Habicht on Vimeo.

I actually just had some note cards printed with one of my favorite paintings with Shutterfly. If you guys haven't tried them you should! If you sign up they are always sending out free coupons, so my notecards were free except for shipping!

These poppies are one of my favorites but then I also like……

These roses! They are so fun and fast to paint, I will do a video demo for you and post here.

And then there is my sketchbook entry from when I visited my mom! What flowers will you sketch or paint this week? Make sure you share them below! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Challenge- Sketching people in public places like church!!

Most of us want to sketch and paint people but its so scary. They often end up looking like a monster and the sketch never resembles the person we are sketching. Well it takes time and practice to sketch and paint people. Getting practice sketching people in public is challenging too as they always seem to know you are sketching them. I often sketch people in doctors offices, church, airports, restaurants etc. Its best to practice on people who aren't moving until you get the hang of it. So our challenge is to sketch people and if you go to church you can sketch the backs of their heads. Sound easy? Well remember, even though they are round or oval you need to pay attention to value and details to make each head look unique as they are. 

 In church I never have more than my ball point pen and the program so I take notes and sketch. Do you see the kid sitting next to his mom, his chin was actually resting on his fist, he was leaning forward and low in his seat but it made a great grouping. Sometimes I will paint groups of people together and other times just one or two. I all depends on my position and their position.
 In this sketch the girl had a clip in her hair and a nice bulky collar so I tried to capture that, I also got some of her cheek as she was a bit off to the side of my view. Black pen
Its so funny about this sketch, I know who this is just by seeing the back of his head, I remember he had just gotten his daughter to start going to church with them and he was excited. His daughters hair was actually tied in a knot and posed a nice challenge for my blue ball point pen.

I actually have sketched many of the people that went to our old church, often not recognizing them until they turned away from me! LOL I will share a story of a special couple we all loved and I actually sketched them from the side so it was a nice side view and they were easily recognizable. He got cancer and passed away, one day as I sat with his wife I gave her that sketch, it wasn't great, but it was so representative of their last days together before he was sick. So remember, these simple sketches are really gifts and memories you are recording.

So as you can see, these aren't masterpiece sketches, they are more like a study of people, their positions, hair, features, ear and glasses placement etc. You can learn a lot just by doing these sketches from behind. Getting the head size right, shoulder width correct, where are the ears on the side of the head, its all important.
Some tips:
1. Heads are usually oval like eggs
2. Ears usually start about 1/2 down on the head
3. Collars usually go up into the hair line when they are wearing collared shirts.
Let me know if you want to learn more about painting people, I will do more lessons on that, what about animals, comment with your feed back.
 Have fun and make sure you post your sketches below with our linky tool! I can't wait to see what you do! I will leave the link open for two weeks 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week #3 Friday Challenge, sorry its a bit late- Succulents

This week as I push through the heat I thought it would be nice to paint succulents or cactus. Those amazing plants that are able to thrive most weathers. There are so many different varieties, textures, colors to choose from so have fun!!! Make sure when you are painting these beauties that you notice the blue greens and the tips of color hidden on the leaves and sometimes the stems.

Nice contrast will help you get depth in your paintings. See how dark it is where the stems meet in the middle? That gives you depth! I also started to paint some of the dead leaves. I have added some photos for those who are not near a succulent, and yes they do bloom!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday challenge is all wet!

It's Friday and time for our weekly challenge. I am in beautiful San Diego at a quilt show this week! It is beautiful here as I am over looking the ocean so I think we should paint water, any water. A glass of water, a dew drop all qualify! Remember be creative and have fun. I will post our kinky link when I get home