I see a lot of blogs have been suggesting those who draw or paint try a self portrait to start out the year. I thought I'd give it a try and with a couple of tips from Wanda this is my first effort. Make no mistake about it, THIS was what I looked like in 1957.
I based it on the photo below
A couple of weeks ago I started on this abstract. Really I just wanted to do something with my hands while watching TV and I was longing for something really colorful. I really have no idea of what an abstract should incorporate, so I just went with the flow of colors. It probably isn't anything you would put on your wall but I do like all the colors.
At Wanda's recommendation, I picked up the book, "Keys to Drawing by Bert Dobson". I plan to try out drawing with pen and ink one day soon . So this afternoon, I was watching Bailey watching the birds through the open patio window --(I won't even start to mention the weather since everyone seems to be suffering so miserably!) I had a sketch pad and pencil nearby so I decided to try out a little of what the author recommends. I've only really read the first few pages of the book, but have found it very helpful. The results below took about half an hour. Soon I'll get up the courage to try pen and ink-- no erasing with that medium!!