Yesterday was Time Out For Art at Zeebra Designs and Destinations. An every Thursday affair where Lisa encourages you to take a break and draw! I’ve really missed participating in the last few weeks, and am pleased to be only a day late this week. Although, I was drawing yesterday, I didn’t get it posted until today. Be sure to check out her wonderful blog.
For me drawing is one of the most relaxing things I can do, my mind letting go of day to day worries and focusing on the art of drawing (or painting, or sculpting, or writing, etc ….) while listening to music. A creative outlet!
Recently I’ve been working on a sketch for a blogging friend in England that many of you know, Ute! She sent me a photo, and while I’m still working on the actual sketch that’s more in keeping with the photo itself, I decided to experiment with Light and Dark and Ute’s face.
So I imagined that a bright light was illuminating her features from the left, washing out most of the detail on the left side of her face with shades of darkness and shadows on the right.
This is what I came up with: What do you think Ute? (And yes, I had already asked her permission to do this).
And here’s her photograph!
An excellent photo of Ute – and the owl’s a hoot! LOL
Be sure and visit Ute’s at Ute smile, she’s a delight! And she just returned from Spain where she not only spent time with her mom but also visited another excellent blogger and friend, Ralph – visit him too, his blog is excellent!
Thanks for stopping by, Enjoy your weekend my wonderful friends!
39 thoughts on “Time Out for Art – Shadows of Light and Dark!”
Wow, Penny, I’m in awe as you did an amazing job! I’m not an artist in the drawing sense, but I can imagine how difficult it would be to draw faces and make them real…you did it! xo
Thank you Lauren. It has been awhile, when my children were small I did portraits for a living for a period of time, privately, at home, and on weekends at Busch Gardens in Tampa Florida. I could capture a good likeness so I was one of the artists that would sit out where the tourists could watch (with one or more people sitting) and me sketching them using pastels. That part was very difficult. I soooo don’t miss that. Thanks again dear friend! 🙂 xo
Well, even though you don’t miss it, it’s pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing, you talented soul, you! 🙂 xo
Thank you, dear friend, I am so looking forward to my visit to catch up on your creativity as well, Lauren! 🙂 xo
I love this drawing Penny. I had thought that trying my hand at sketching would be a relaxing outlet for me but have to confess that I have yet to give it a try. Seems looking back that has been the case with much lately. 😉
Hang in there LuAnn. Your creativity is just waitng to come out again! I can feel it from here dear friend! 🙂
A brilliant drawing of Ute. Well done Penny. Ralph xox 😀
Thank you! xo
Great image of her face, wish I could do it. I found the wash out effect a little eerie, ghostly, is that what you intended. I will check out some of the other sites you recommended, thanks for visiting mine.
Thank you. I wasn’t sure about the effect I intended, my first try at this particular style! Thank you for taking the time to visit me. It is appreciated!
this is very good Penny 🙂
Thank you Gys, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 🙂
WOW… what a great likeness on Ute… magnificent…
Thank you! xo
wow! you capture the art of your face perfectly well. 🙂
It’s true. art does keep the mind sane and escape from our day to day lives. It keeps us calm, relax, and just listening to pure silence and nature humming with her birds. 🙂
Thank you Charlie! 🙂
You’re welcome. It’s always good to stop by your page and feel refreshed.
Penny I think you are an amazing artist, with light and shadow I think it is even harder to sketch than just normal, and it came out really lovely. By the way, this picture frame with my name on was a gift form Alastair when he came to visit London, he had it made and bought it for me on the bridge over the Thames where the houses of Parliament are.
Totally love your sketch, much love and glad you did this experiment! Big hugs!
Hi Ute. Thank you so much. I love the frame you received from Alastair. Big, big hugs to you also and an excellent weekend of relaxation! 🙂 xo
I love the way you changed her hair!! 😉
Hi Lisa, thank you! It was fun, and a bit of a challenge re the light and dark application. Have a great weekend! 🙂
Hap, Hap, Happy Friday!
This sure made me smile 😀
xx 🙂 🙂 xx
Hi Rosy, my so very special friend (and neighbor)! Thank you for both of your wonderful comments, from my heart to yours, much love, Have an excellent weekend 🙂 xo
Sorry I’m seeing double but my words still hold true! I love making you smile! 🙂 xo
That’s awesome! I love the wire-frame name as well. The photo is great and what you have done with the light and dark is nothing short of brilliant. Well done Penny. You have shown once again that you are a 100% talent in nearly every field.
Hi Alastair. Thank you. I also love the Ute’s photo and the frame. it was very thoughtful of her to let me post my art. You are very kind with your compliment my friend! 🙂 xo
The shading that you have used is brilliant. The way it looks like there is a bright light coming in from the left casting the right into darkness. You have brought her features out well.
Thank you, this means a lot to me as I haven’t met her as you have!
And she’s as lovely as she comes across as well.
Light and dark nicely tamed, my dear Penny, creating the face of this lovely lady! Beautiful!
Happy weekend my kind talented friend!
Hello Marina, I must confess I’m disappointed to a degree with how it turned out from the visualization (need more practice), but I think that’s the nature of the creative beast! I did have an excellent model! A most happy weekend to you also dearest friend! 🙂 xoxoxoxo
Don’t be! It’s a beautiful play and the model is smiling at you!! Also (even if it’s minor), I like it!
Thank you, I will accept your wise artistic council (bugging me though) and move on … You’re a sweetheart, just saying! 🙂 xoxoxoxo
so beautiful! love her picture too!
I have to say I am learning so much
through this time out for art
with you drawing
you can really tell the light is
illuminating her face, the contrast
of the dark and light, I am learning
from this drawing many things
and thank you for that.
Have a great weekend Penny!
Hi Doris, thank you, very much. I’m looking forward to stopping by to visit you. I can’t wait to see what you’ve drawn. My last few weeks have been especially busy ones and I have missed this. The shading was more difficult than I had thought it would be, and of course now that I look at it (once removed) I can see much that I would do differently with some of the shadows. Sigh! Still fun though, I am pleased my drawing has some value for you. Your art (talent) is wonderful. You too have a relaxing and excellent weekend dear friend! xx
I like 🙂
Thanks Becki, it was fun to experiment. although it would have been a smidgen easier if I could actually have seen how the bright light would cast shadows on the right side, lol! 🙂