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Animals Art Digital art Drawing Procreate on iPad

Sketching Before Breakfast #7

Lemons and Lemon Pepper, Procreate on iPad.
Lemons and Lemon Pepper, Procreate on iPad.

More random goodies on the table and off (Fiona kitty!).

Fiona snoozing on her cat tree at the window. Procreate on iPad.
Fiona snoozing on her cat tree at the window. Procreate on iPad.
On the drawing table, water bottle, coffee and pencil sharpener. iPad and Procreate.
On the drawing table, water bottle, coffee and pencil sharpener. iPad and Procreate.
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Art Digital art Drawing Food sketch Procreate on iPad Still Life

Sketching Before Breakfast #6

Bananas in a Colander with Lemons and Journal, Procreate and iPad.
Bananas in a Colander with Lemons and Journal, Procreate and iPad.

Continuing the series of morning sketches, mostly done of random stuff on the breakfast table.

Pasture Eggs of different colors, Procreate on iPad
Pastured Eggs of different colors, Procreate on iPad

 

 

Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate
Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate

 

Color layer added to Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate
Color layer added to Digital pencil sketch of journal and lemons in a bowl, iPad and procreate
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Art Digital art Drawing Food sketch Procreate on iPad Quick Sketch Still Life

Sketching Before Breakfast #3 Mystery Pears and More

Two pears and an apple on breakfast table; morning sketch in Procreate on the iPad.
Two pears and an apple on breakfast table; morning sketch in Procreate on the iPad.

And we have more morning sketches. I was really trying to force myself to stick to 3 values for each object. My glass-topped table is so great with its frosted glass square design elements and reflections.

Unfinished sketch of bananas and lemon on the table
Unfinished sketch of bananas and lemon on the table
Super quick sketch done on Procreate on my iPhone with my finger, barely had a minute to draw but didn't want to lose momentum.
Super quick sketch done on Procreate on my iPhone with my finger, barely had a minute to draw but didn’t want to lose momentum.
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Drawing Faces Oil Painting Painting People Portrait Sketchbook Pages

Oil Portrait of Baby Toa; Painting with Joy and Freedom

Portrait of Baby Toa, oil on linen panel, 10x8 inches
Portrait of Baby Toa, oil on linen panel, 10×8 inches

I really enjoyed making this painting of my friend’s grandson Toa. The biggest challenge was working from a cellphone photo taken in a carseat in the dark where his skin looked dark and bright orange. Fortunately I was able to see some other snapshots with better skin color.

I’ve been taking a new approach to painting; focusing on the joy of creating and letting go of the internal “committee” that demands perfection. I have accepted that my work will never be perfect and that perfect art bores me anyway. A bit of wonkiness, even in a portrait, is ok with me, if I feel I have captured the spark of the subject. I’m painting for myself; if it pleases someone else too that’s a bonus, but not at all a requirement. Giving myself this freedom has completely changed my life.

Below are my initial sketches, a picture of the setup with the photo, and an early stage in the painting.

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Drawing Food sketch Quick Sketch Sketchbook Pages Still Life

Okra!

Red and Green Okra, graphite and colored pencil, 8x10"
Red and Green Okra, graphite and colored pencil, 8×10″

Getting back to daily sketching….yay! Some lovely and odd-looking produce from the local organic grocery. I hope to paint it too, before I cook it but I’m not sure how long it will last.