Here are a few more images from my "Drawing with Joanne and Jill" challenge. The first two were done looking at a line drawing of a shape -- in this case, a balloon. It is definitely "from the past."
All the coloring, detail and depth is mine. (We are basically talking a circle connected to a square as a starter.
This one, "Spring is Really Here" also started with a line drawing of a cart as inspiration.
I added the flowers, color and detail.
"Free and Easy" was done from a photo.
Here's the original -- as you can see, I had trouble with the facial coloring! All that natural light and shadow was a challenge.
The background was the challenge for this one. It's for the challenge "Small Pleasures" and I call it "Tara's Swan."
"Tara's Swan" is from this photo of Tara Bradford's swan from the canal behind her Netherlands home. I was fortunate to have a spotting on my last day visiting a year ago.
I felt pretty good about the swan -- less so with the background.
The last time I posted, some of you asked what media I used. These are watercolor pencils. Basically you draw your work, then wet it and blend the colors. It's an easy way to start water color. I am longing for little more time and space so I can start using "real" watercolors. I've been reading Vivian Swift's blog regularly and in each post she has a painting lesson. That'll have to wait till summer, but it is on the horizon!