I went through quite the phase. If you've gone through this whole blog you'll see others I made. And I doubt I'm done in that department. Although next I'm hoping to try something along the lines of clay modeling as well as felting.
5. This is a fun little painting I did for my sister's birthday. I did it in about 30 minutes and you can probably tell, but I loved painting it. I'm learning patience as I go. The cat is really done in remembrance of a cat she once owned. He was still alive at the time, but since then he has died and now he is immortalized in this painting. And wouldn't you know, he had a smile just like that! Okay, so he didn't. Ironically enough, he always looked pretty grumpy. Maybe it was because he was so fat. The doll, on the other hand, I gave red hair because that's my sister's color. Very pretty.
6. This is a painting of the Prophet, Gordan B. Hinkley. I painted this (several years back) for my parents as a Christmas present while they were serving their first LDS mission to South Africa, as he was the prophet at the time they were called. This, sadly to say, was never really finished and was my very first portrait so was very difficult. I was under a time restraint because it needed to dry (and do oils really ever dry???) and then I had to allow for shipping time, which to Africa is VERY VERY long. So, someday maybe I'll try the oil portraits again, but I'll make sure I have enough time to really put in the work deserved for something so challenging.
7 & 8. These are other pictures I did the same year as the above portrait (I believe) for my siblings for Christmas. The top one is a scene from Rottenberg, Germany. I don't know why, but that was a toughy for me. I guess it would help if I actually painted more and practiced. Someday my dreams will come true and I'll have my own studio where I can keep my paints out--where kids won't come in and paint for me--and I can pick up a brush on a whim and just paint all day long. Back on track now--the last one is a portrait I did for my oldest brother of his wife. I used one of their wedding pictures for this and you probably can't tell, but she's leaning on a piano. This was difficult for me as well, again with painting faces and this one on such a small canvas. But I was impressed with my restraint in not putting so much detail in the background, a flaw of mine which I am still conquering.
Again--I know these are amateurish pieces, but I'm still learning and growing. Next I will post a few pictures of the beginning process of a book I'm making for my kids. It's pretty fun.