05 March 2016

Moving backward and forward

Two more for the EDiM prompts, one for tomorrow, and one for three days ago:

#6: FLAT

I'd just been reading The Princess Diaries for my 6+7 Book Club, and briefly considered painting Princess Mia (since all she does for 200-some interminable pages is complain about being flat-chested!), but I decided to be a bit more literal.


I love weird sayings that make their way into the English language to be used in other ways. I have often used the expression "sticky wicket" without knowing its precise derivation, so I looked up today, and came upon this beer namesake. (The sticky wicket itself is just a big plot of muddy grass, so not very interesting to draw/paint!)

Micron pen and watercolor for both. (We're supposed to be trying out new tools, but...what can I say? not into it right now. Maybe later. I did stick with the limited palette--we're not supposed to use more than three tools or three colors.)

04 March 2016

Every Day in March

So far, I have been sick every day in March...and for what seemed like half the days in February, as well. Seriously, two weeks and counting: Sinus infection, which led to eye infection, which led to ear infection.

I didn't spend my time wholly in vain; during the first week of illness, when I could still hear the TV (!), I mainlined Netflix. I decided to try out Orange is the New Black, and ended up making it through all three seasons. (WHEN does season 4 start?!) So when today's EDiM topic was "on TV," I knew what to paint.

The challenge this month is to use tools unfamiliar to you, or at least to use tools in different combinations and with limited palettes. I had a watercolor pencil lying on my desk that looked orange (it turned out to be more red, so I had to add some yellow paint), so I used it to draw with, then used plain water to spread the color around, and added a couple of accent colors after. It's kind of a blunt instrument in terms of drawing, so the likeness was harder to grasp, but here she is: Piper Chapman, in her orange jumpsuit.

After I finished her and posted on the Facebook site, I was browsing the drawings of others and saw a great one of Hillary Clinton that Shaw Sys had done for the day one prompt, which was "Women's History Month." So I decided to do a drawing of my current hero, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Micron pen, and two colors of watercolor.

Long may she reign!