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deb789
07-23-2010, 10:50 AM
Cool. I will start my very own sketch journal. :)

Horse study. I was prepping for an oil painting of a horse and did a few sketches.

deb789
07-23-2010, 10:53 AM
And another...

deb789
07-23-2010, 10:55 AM
Figure studies...

deb789
07-23-2010, 10:57 AM
Quick sketch of sleeping child...

deb789
07-23-2010, 10:59 AM
Another head study....

deb789
07-23-2010, 11:01 AM
Floral study...with color

mhimeswc
07-23-2010, 01:06 PM
Great sketches! I especially like the horses.

Vivien Maloney
07-23-2010, 04:07 PM
Excellent start to your Sketchbook/Journal. Love the horse and foal, plenty of movement in that sketch, it would be a good one to develop into a full painting. The color sketch of the flower is lovely too. Did you use watercolor pencils for it? I'll be following your Journal with great interest.

Whisperwood
07-23-2010, 05:59 PM
Beautiful! Those horses are amazing... they all are :-)

deb789
07-23-2010, 08:29 PM
Hi Michelle, Viv and Rachel:wave: Viv, I used pencil and watercolor for the flowers. Thanks for the very kind comments, ladies!

robertsloan2
07-23-2010, 08:55 PM
These are great sketches. I like the lively strokes in the horse studies and the figure, they're very striking. Clean, strong lines and the light direction's easily visible, excellent drawings. The floral study in color is beautiful too. Great start to a good sketchbook!

DrDebby
07-23-2010, 09:16 PM
Beautiful sketches all of them. The horses are really dynamic. Your figure studies show a lot of detail with minimum line. The colored flower is lovely.

deb789
07-23-2010, 09:17 PM
Thanks, Robert! :) I was checking out your art journal, too...great stuff :thumbsup:

deb789
07-24-2010, 12:07 AM
I bought these art books for kids at the Met for presents, but I ended up playing with them myself. One is an instruction book, set of brushes and ink, teaching about Asian art and the other is a book of postcards. I regret to inform you that the child it was meant for never got these :evil: but she did get very pretty bookmarks and stickers :D

Here are the results of my playtime....one character means happiness and the other is long life...

deb789
07-24-2010, 12:09 AM
Red Bamboo

deb789
07-24-2010, 12:11 AM
Playing with freeform lines and colors in a landscape...

jacquip
07-24-2010, 12:15 AM
Deb this is a wonderful start. Really love the horse studies. The asian art play was pretty cool, glad you kept the kit for yourself :) Nice feel to the line landscape.

deb789
07-24-2010, 12:16 AM
Beautiful sketches all of them. The horses are really dynamic. Your figure studies show a lot of detail with minimum line. The colored flower is lovely.

Thank you very much, Dr. Debby! I am trying to loosen up since I am a very high strung person :lol: ....and be a minimalist in my brushstrokes/ pencilstrokes, too.

deb789
07-24-2010, 12:24 AM
Deb this is a wonderful start. Really love the horse studies. The asian art play was pretty cool, glad you kept the kit for yourself :) Nice feel to the line landscape.

Hello, Jacqui...the thing is, I can never look at bamboo again without a sense of guilt :o

Thanks for the comments!

mhimeswc
07-24-2010, 01:15 AM
Your landscape reminds me of a Tiffany window. :-)

virgo68
07-24-2010, 05:17 AM
I agree with Michelle, I am really taken with that one!

Jakesgram
07-24-2010, 01:00 PM
Deb - your sketches are so good. I love the variety you have created in this sketchbook. Everything from pencil sketches to asian bamboo, to tiffany-style landscapes. I had to laugh about the gift the child never got. And I have to admit I've been guilty of that myself!

Nice work.

Jean

robertsloan2
07-24-2010, 03:41 PM
Deb, your playing with freeform lines in a landscape is stunning. It has an interesting mosaic or stained glass look with the lines, while the colors are so dramatic. It looks almost like a puzzle but also like a stained glass window - beautiful!

DrDebby
07-24-2010, 07:06 PM
Don't feel guilty. Learn the lesson. When you find something that cool for a gift for someone, buy 2. LOL

The bamboo is lovely. That landscape is absolutely stunning! It does indeed look like a complex stain glass.

Whisperwood
07-24-2010, 09:15 PM
That last one is SO pretty! Love all the colors in it... such a cheerful painting!

deb789
07-25-2010, 12:11 AM
Thanks, Michelle, Jackie, Jean, Robert, Debby and Rachel! :) Jean, I am glad to know that I am not the only artist who will not hesitate to take toys from kids - if it is art related :lol:. And yes, Debby...next time I will buy two. :thumbsup:

Thanks all for your kind feedback,

Deb

deb789
07-25-2010, 12:13 AM
Quick sketch of a little boy at the park...am not very happy with the mouth...

deb789
07-25-2010, 12:17 AM
Sketch of a teacher I admire...not a very good likeness. But the "likeness" is in my mind and :heart:.....

robertsloan2
07-25-2010, 12:19 AM
The boy looks good. I didn't see your blue-gray and red bamboo paintings - they are gorgeous! I love that style. They're laid out so elegantly and the characters you included with them are so beautiful. These are classic.

I can completely understand why something you bought for a gift wound up staying in your hands. I wind up buying gifts for my granddaughter that I already have one, then it's safe. lol

deb789
07-25-2010, 12:37 AM
The boy looks good. I didn't see your blue-gray and red bamboo paintings - they are gorgeous! I love that style. They're laid out so elegantly and the characters you included with them are so beautiful. These are classic.

I can completely understand why something you bought for a gift wound up staying in your hands. I wind up buying gifts for my granddaughter that I already have one, then it's safe. lol
You think the boy looks okay?

Yes, I like the clean lines and minimalism of Asian art. It is very peaceful and certain. The characters were difficult to learn and I am sure it will not pass an Asian teacher's standards. I think it takes years and years of study to achieve perfection in Chinese calligraphy. But I am glad you liked it. :)

I am sooooo relieved I am not the only one who plays with the art kits...I felt so bad. I could have hindered the path of a future Michelangelo!







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vhere
07-25-2010, 08:07 AM
a great series of experiments, especially the children and the bamboo.

deb789
07-25-2010, 12:38 PM
Thank you, Vivien! :)

DrDebby
07-25-2010, 06:47 PM
The portraits looks great. Even the mouth on the boy. Can't comment about the teacher as I don't have a reference to compare likeness to.

Just so's you know. I would have been just as tempted to keep the bookmark and the stickers too. LOL

christinemlr
07-25-2010, 07:13 PM
Hi Deb, excellent sketching experimenting and variety going on here. For me the slleeping child is the favourite - a quite superb drawing. Was it from life? Are all these in the same book? (apart from Asian paintings) You have a strong , confident line. Lovely to see these.

Xina

TaniaBee
07-26-2010, 10:31 AM
Great Sketchbook - i particularly like those horse sketches in the beginning, they were lovely!!

deb789
07-26-2010, 10:44 AM
DrDebby...thanks. We are a terrible bunch aren't we???
Taking toys from kids!!! :lol:

Hello Xina! Yes, the drawing was from life. I have two sketchbooks...one I leave in my studio and the other is in my car. Thanks for the nice comments.

Hey, Tania...thank you very much!

deb789
07-26-2010, 10:52 AM
Experimenting with acrylics, this is acrylic on unstretched canvas. Pardon the rings on the second pic, these are my guides if I need to create a perfect circle for my paintings...

Pics below - Girl with Hot Pink Attitude and Unibrow Girl.

The story about unibrow girl is that I saw this young woman with eyebrows that almost met into a unibrow. Most people make fun of unibrowed people but I thought it gave this young woman's face character. I actually thought she was beautiful. I like uncommon faces...

vhere
07-26-2010, 01:03 PM
very stylish

DrDebby
07-26-2010, 07:17 PM
They are both beautiful women.

robertsloan2
07-27-2010, 12:20 AM
Very classy paintings, they look sleek and fashionable. I like the rings superimposed with the second one, their brightness and curves look cool with the painting. Accidental, but it worked. You do have an eye for design.

deb789
07-27-2010, 10:28 AM
Thanks Vivien, Debby and Robert...I was just playing with different styles and colors. Robert, don't you love those "accidents" that work? My problem is overworking a piece and I did it again yesterday with a huge cubist painting I am working on. :( I should have left it alone.

Vivien Maloney
07-27-2010, 04:44 PM
I like the two women in acrylic. And yes they do look classy and stylish.

mhimeswc
07-27-2010, 05:05 PM
I was looking at your woman with the hat while i wa starting my collage face, and I was thinking that your painting would have made a great image for a collage. Striking colors and simple shapes.

christinemlr
07-27-2010, 06:03 PM
These are very striking images you made here Deb. Where are the ideas to do these coming from? Do you work stuff out in the sketchbook? That zinging pink and cool green are so perfect. How did you choose and create the colour? I like the clour in the unibrow girl, that creates a totally different kind of impact. Yes she does look beautiful. Frieda Kalo had a unibrow she was proud of and painted in her selfportaits and she was a very beautiful woman. (and incredible artist)
Xina (sorry to ask all the questions but I love to know how things get to be created and I seem to be in a questions mood tonight!)

virgo68
07-27-2010, 11:35 PM
Hey Deb, those girls are great - very stylish - remind me of when the designers do their first sketches. Simple but elegant :)

JTMB
07-28-2010, 01:43 AM
Hi Deb,

All your sketches are really great! I admire your face studies in particular, and the horses are very well done also.

deb789
07-28-2010, 08:06 AM
Thanks very much Viv, Michelle, Xina, Jackie and John! :wave:

deb789
08-04-2010, 08:47 PM
Will the images reappear again? Or should we upload the images again?

DrDebby
08-05-2010, 02:04 AM
Supposedly, the powers that be are aware of the images and avatars missing in various areas and are working on it. We've been advised to be patient. However, if you wish, you can load the images again. As of this morning both the mountain icon and the paperclip versions were available for loading new pictures.

deb789
08-05-2010, 09:17 AM
Thanks, Debby :) ...no problem, I will wait - was just wonderin'

deb789
08-05-2010, 02:49 PM
Prep sketches for abstracts I am doing...this will be entitled The Guitarists and will be oil on birch panel (48 x 32) and A Musical Still Life...

deb789
08-05-2010, 02:52 PM
And a pastel sketch...

deb789
08-05-2010, 05:09 PM
I am taking a break from painting and I thought I would upload the missing images...

deb789
08-05-2010, 05:14 PM
The horses...

deb789
08-05-2010, 05:18 PM
And some with color...

My art journal doesn't look so empty anymore :)

deb789
08-05-2010, 05:30 PM
A figurine and a venetian mask pendant and a quick sketch of a sandcastle architect...

DrDebby
08-05-2010, 07:08 PM
Lovely sketches and working things out. My favorite is the architect. *smile*

robertsloan2
08-05-2010, 10:55 PM
Wow! Deb, your abstract guitarists are wild. That's going to be a great painting. I love the bamboo, that's so beautiful. Gorgeous horses, they are so accurate. Beautiful landscape too, it looks like stained glass. The faces and figures are grand too, especially that girl sitting up in bed holding the sheet, she's so lovely.

vhere
08-06-2010, 05:40 AM
That first abstract is really working well. It's well worth doing larger.

deb789
08-07-2010, 01:00 PM
Thanks, Debby :)...do you have your very own sandcastle architect, too?

Ha ha, Robert...I like that description about my guitarist sketch - Wild! I hope I can keep it wild to the finish. A lot of the energy in my preliminary sketches get lost as the oil paints get laid in because of too much thinking and reworking. I really appreciate all your kind words :)

Thanks for looking, Vivien! I will post the finished work later...

DrDebby
08-07-2010, 06:45 PM
My sandcastle architect is already grown up and became a chef. Maybe he'll spawn a new generation one of these days...LOL

jacquip
08-08-2010, 04:23 AM
The Guitarists is fantastic. Love the colours and movement. Great portrait sketches too. All your work is so good :) Love the horses, still trying to get a hang of them.

deb789
08-08-2010, 12:19 PM
Debby...they grow up too quickly...

Thanks, Jacqui...you're too kind :o :)