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A collection of figures and people that inspired me to paint or draw them.

Marietjie Uys
A Pretty Author - Miekie: Hande vat Acrylics, Worship, Arts And Crafts, Author, Drawings, Heart, Pretty, Artist, Blog

Heart Of Worship - A Figure in Acrylics

It is a good thing to give thanks onto the Lord. Every so often in life, I am reminded of how good my life has turned out, and I ascribe all of this to the wonderful and miracle working role that our Father plays in my life. As I was getting ready to paint, the song "Heart of worship" was playing on the iPod and I joyfully sang along. As I was singing, the urge to paint the joy rising up in my spirit, came over me and today's painting is the result of this. I walk you through the steps of…

A Pretty Author - Miekie: Fokus Acrylics, Arts And Crafts, Author, Nude, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Inspiration

Painting A Nude In Acrylics

While I was working on yesterday's abstract nude, I was also painting a more realistic version, at the same time. I decided to keep the backgrounds similar, but to change my tactics and style completely when it came to the figures themselves. For this painting, I paid much more attention to the detail of the lines, and to getting the light and shadows just right. I once again started on a wooden box canvas. This was given two coats of gesso and allowed to dry completely. I found a line…

Cardmaking with Watercolour Paintings Painting Tips, Painting Frames, Watercolour Paintings, Watercolor, Silver Paper, Photo Corners, Cardmaking, Arts And Crafts, Ink

Cardmaking with Watercolour Paintings

I had quite a bit of time on my hands at work recently and spent a part of it in giving some of my colleagues painting tips. We all settled on watercolours as these are relatively cheap to purchase and easy to carry to and fro. In the process, I ended up with a large number of watercolour paintings that I had not intended to do. As a result, I decided to turn these into cards. I show you how to do this in today's blog. Find coordinating paper and cardboard to make the card. Fold the…

How to draw: A Boxer Drawing Lessons, Boxer, Disney Characters, Drawings, Pretty, Artist, People, Blog, Drawing Classes

How to draw: A Boxer

In today's drawing lesson, we are going to be drawing a boxer, step by step. When the drawing is in place, I will introduce you to tinted graphite pencils. This is the same stuff that is used to make normal grey pencils. They simply add a tint to it. The result is something widely different from normal colouring pencils. It gets even more interesting when we discover that these pencils are also water-soluble - and that the painted colour is different from the dry one! I will show you more in…

A Pretty Author - Miekie: Ek mis jou Acrylics, Arts And Crafts, Author, French, Couples, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting

Painting A Silhouetted French Couple In Acrylics

When you search the internet, you will find lots of pictures of youngsters strolling or meeting in the rain, under an umbrella. I love the joy and thrill of young love, yet there is something very comfortable and inspiring about the love shared by an older couple. In today's painting, I show you how to paint an older couple taking a romantic moonlit stroll on a rainy evening. I use acrylics as medium. I once again start this project on a deep-frame masonite box. I prepare the surface by…

A Pretty Author - Miekie: Omgee-mens Rain Painting, Art Techniques, Acrylics, Arts And Crafts, Author, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Inspiration

Painting Rain In Acrylics

There are a couple of techniques to use when painting rain. I show you one of these techniques when doing today's paintings, which is a set of two. I use heart-shaped canvasses as my backgrounds to illustrate my love of rain. As I do not mind getting wet, I go so far as to discard the umbrella in one of the paintings. I use acrylic paint as a medium. I work on masonite backgrounds in these two paintings and start by prepping the surfaces with two layers of gesso. I wait for the gesso to dry…

Painting with Derwent Aquatone on Black Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Inspiration, Products, Biblical Inspiration, Artists

Painting with Derwent Aquatone on Black

In the previous blog I introduced you to Derwent's brilliant product; Aquatone. Aquatone are solid watercolor pencils without a wooden casing. They are fantastic value for money and a brilliant product for professional artists. What I have failed to tell you yesterday is with how much success you can use these fabulous pencils on a black background. Their true vibrancy only comes into its own once it is used on black and the colors will pop off the page. Learn more about this in today's…

Cardmaking with Watercolour Paintings Painting Tips, Painting Frames, Watercolour Paintings, Watercolor, Silver Paper, Photo Corners, Cardmaking, Embellishments, My Books

Cardmaking with Watercolour Paintings

I had quite a bit of time on my hands at work recently and spent a part of it in giving some of my colleagues painting tips. We all settled on watercolours as these are relatively cheap to purchase and easy to carry to and fro. In the process, I ended up with a large number of watercolour paintings that I had not intended to do. As a result, I decided to turn these into cards. I show you how to do this in today's blog. Find coordinating paper and cardboard to make the card. Fold the…

Painting An Abstract Nude in Acrylics Acrylics, Arts And Crafts, Nude, Abstract, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Inspiration

Painting An Abstract Nude in Acrylics

I never thought I would paint nudes, but someone recently intrigued me in a discussion, and I decided to give it a go with two different takes on this theme. The first of these is a rather more abstract rendition where lines were allowed to merge and flow into each other. The painting was also stripped of its detail, so that it gives the impression of a figure rather than pertinently bringing it to your attention. I show you how to do this painting in a couple of quick steps in today's blog…

Painting with Derwent Aquatone Aurora Sleeping Beauty, Arts And Crafts, Disney Characters, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Inspiration, Biblical Inspiration

Painting with Derwent Aquatone

I was in a bit of a playful mood today, simply doodling and toying around with my products when I thought of painting some fairies. I am sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I've been spending so much time with the nieces and nephews over the holiday. When it came to painting these magical creatures, I could think of nothing better than Derwent Aquatone. Derwent Aquatone are solid watercolor pencils with no wood casing. It is a brilliant product and marvelous value for money. I secure…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Painting A Lady In Red In Oil Colours Lady In Red, Arts And Crafts, Colours, Oil, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Inspiration

Painting A Lady In Red In Oil Colours

In today's blog I once again use palette knives and oil colours when I paint a Lady in Red. I lay down blotches of paint to develop the picture and only use a brush to sign my name with. The facial features, though almost imperceptible, are done in scgraffitto. I start today's project on a masonite board measuring 91 cm x 38,5 cm. I prepare the surface by painting the board with Dala Acrylic Gesso. I then paint the whole surface a bright yellow, using acrylic paint to speed up the drying…

Paint An Impressionistic Violinist in Oils Impressionist, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Inspiration, Biblical Inspiration, Artists

Paint An Impressionistic Violinist in Oils

Today I will show you how to paint a violinist in oil colours, using the impressionistic style. To paint this figure I make use of two surprising elements. Firstly, I use a huge palette knife, a no.16 to be exact, to paint with, and secondly, I mix my oils with a medium to assist in creating luminosity. I show you step by step how I went about creating this painting. I use a masonite board measuring 50 cm x 64 cm as the surface I paint today's painting on. I start by giving it a proper…

Secluding A Lonely Figure In Oils True Words, Lonely, Watercolor Tattoo, Connection, Pretty, Artist, People, Blog, Jerusalem

Secluding A Lonely Figure In Oils

Simply painting a single figure on a canvas, is not enough to convey loneliness. How we use colour, line and shapes, all combine to tell the story the artist wishes to convey. Today's painting is a lovely conversation piece as it certainly has a story to tell. My friend and I had different interpretations to the same painting. See who you agree with, or perhaps you see something completely different? I do this painting on a sheet of Prime Art Canvas Pad. The pad contains sheets of canvas…