Monday, June 23, 2014

Drawing Before I Paint Snow Leapord with Flowers

I have been a bit stressed out lately. Two sisters coming from out of state, the same week. My husband's job is have some changes done to it, and I don't like uncertainty. I wanted to look for a new place of employment, but for now that is on hold. To top it all off, my husband and son are supposed to visit NY for Thanksgiving, and I don't know if we will be able to spare the money for tickets.

 So, I paint to destress. I actually missed a few projects in here, but I will get to them. I bought some paint pens, last week. I thought they would be easier to make the tangle patterns with. They are, but some are medium tip and some small tip. Get the small tip, trust me. Another little tidbit I discovered, the word Zentangle is a copyright trademark word, which means you can not use it. I had to go back to my Etsy listings and remove all the Zentangle words. I had no idea it was protected.

 Anyway I never draw out my pieces before I paint them. I just paint them freehand. But, I found creating the tangles was incredibly difficult with a paintbrush, the details are just too small. Unless you are painting a huge tangle, like my mailbox I posted about earlier. So, I wanted to practice drawing flowers. The perfect rose, or what I want the perfect rose to look like still eludes me. So, when I sat down to draw flowers, I came across the most beautiful Snow Leopard with blue eyes. I simply had to draw it. Then I painted it using, traditional paint brushes with acrylic paints, and the paint pens. You can see both below. I really think I am getting quite good at this now. I still have lots of room to learn and grow. This is definitely one of my favorites. I did a bunch of resin jewelry, which I still have to share here on the blog, finished a baby cocoon or two, that still have to be shared, and started a new puppy crochet bed. If you want to see all the things I have been up to, rather than waiting, you can always visit my Etsy store. A lot of my gemstone jewelry is being retired, and not relisted. Some of it already has.


Vallon des Trésors said...

Thanksgiving is in September right? Don't worry about it yet, it is still a long way away, and you never know what might change in the meanwhile! I really find copyrighted tags difficult. Sometimes words that seem very normal are copyrighted, and it is hard to find out which ones are and which ones are not.

The snow leopard looks great!

SJW @ Heartland Photography said...

I love the snow leopard! I wish that I could paint as it has always seem like it could be relaxing.

Anastasia said...

Im not good with ‘uncertainty’ as well – but hope it all works out for you.
Glad to hear painting helps you distress...drawing does that for me to although its been ages since Ive sat down and drawn something – I need to start up again! I tend to bake now to unwind...
Love your painting!

Melissa said...

Thank you, to all of you. I do tend to draw out the design, before painting it. A step I never used to do. But, it seems to be easier to paint a drawing, especially when doing the tangles or doodles.

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