Sunday, August 31, 2014

More Primitive Dolls

I'm still practicing drawing primitive faces. I'm taking Mindy Lacefield's on-line course, Primitive Portraits and this week I've moved on to adding color. Now these girls have really popped. This one below is probably my favorite...I love the pink hair and dress!
Mindy recommends using Peerless watercolors for some of the painting. I've never heard of them before, but they're so fun to use. The watercolor comes on pieces of paper. I ordered the Peerless basic and bonus pack and here's how I organized my watercolors...
I cut the watercolor paper into 1" squares. I created an MS Word document, so that I could glue the color swatches in and printed the names in each square.
 I used a water brush and painted the sample colors next to each square.
There's also a plastic sheet between the pages, so if the paint is wet, it won't mix with the paints on the opposite side. This little folder that I made is 7" x 5"  and so thin, it makes it possible to take it everywhere.

Below are pictures of the progression of one my dolls...

And below are the dolls I painted this week in my 7"x5" sketch book. You'll see a theme to my dolls. I like to add vintage text paper, black and white striped paper and often use this Metro tissue paper that I bought from Mark and Graham.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but I think I'll use them to make greeting cards or use them in my art journals. I still have several more lessons to go, but I want to take my time and enjoy the's been so much fun!

I even convinced my sister, Frances to give it a try...below is her adorable doll she painted. We reduced it by 50% and made cute little versions she can use for tags or cards.

I hope you're enjoying this long three day weekend...I know I am!


  1. Thx Connie for teaching me how to draw a Mindy Lacefield girl. I was very apprehensive at first but with your encouragement & easy instructions you made the process a lot of fun. Love the outcome & am anxious to practice more on my own. Thx for always sharing your great creative talent! F

  2. Super cute drawings...your artistic talent just keeps growing! Keep up the good work!

  3. So darling Connie! I would say you are an A# student! Great job!

  4. Beautiful blog and amazing talent! I am really happy that I found your blog, you really have awesome work! Best wishes from Slovenia

  5. These are too darn cute. Loved seeing the dolls come alive with the
    watercolors and paper text. Fran, you did a great job with your doll.

  6. Fab!! These are so darn sweet! I hope you will sell in your ETSY shop
    You are sososooso talented Connie!
    xo Laura H

  7. So Sweet... Connie
    Keep drawing and painting..
    Super job, Love the designs on their clothes!
    I can see them in your jewelry, printed on canvas