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We're-re-re-re off to see the Wizard.........


I thought I'd 'kill two birds with one stone' today and show you the refinished frame [the one I mentioned that was free at the antique mall...remember?] and along with the frame, I finished the pencil sketch of the Wizard of Oz characters and matted it; placing it in the said frame---

Here I am, beginning the sketch -starting in the middle with Dorothy, and, to the right, working on the scarecrow's hat. Below those two photos are cropped close-ups of [in order] The Cowardly Lion, The Wicked Witch, The Tin Man, Scarecrow, DOROTHY. Then, the frame, I sanded it down to the wood, and then painted it black all around...on top of the black, I painted it silver...then 'distressed' it in spots going back to show a partial black and bare wood. Glossed it up. After that was dried, I added the "OZ" that I had done in all black. The matte is supposed to "represent" the yellow brick road in color. In real time, it IS more yellow than the photos show [LOL]... It was fun to sketch this. Of course, quite a few characters are left out, including the wizard, the munchkins, the monkeys, the good witch, auntie em and more. I wanted only the main characters. So, this is what I came up with; a collage.

A close-up of Dorothy...
"...I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."
There are so many things about this movie I really like. The phenomenal sequence of changing from Black and White into living color. The tornado...the flying monkeys, the GREEN [Emerald] City, the Yellow Brick Road, the music, the witch melting...so many, many things. Oh and Toto Too!!!

And, the framing and matting---


  1. Anonymous8/27/2010

    I feel like I'm in Kansas now. This is just stunning. Such the talented woman you are. Love it. Have a great Friday. :)

  2. Well done. You're so very creative!!

  3. Wow! Fabulous drawing!!!

    Red Ted Art

  4. This is a spectacular sketch! I love the placement of characters and it looks terrific in the frame! Very nice, Anni!

  5. Wow, how artistic you are, Anni. I love your art and wish I could draw like that. Like you, I am a fan of the Wizard of Oz. L love the Emerald City and the Cowardly Lion.

  6. My daughter acted as the good witch from the North. She wore a wedding dress, and she looked so beautiful compared to the other witches. And of course, as a biased mum, my daughter was the most beautiful actress, even more beautiful than Dorothy. lol

  7. You are so talented!

  8. You did a wonderful job on this, Anni..you're so talented.
    Mama Bear

  9. Oh Anni what a beautiful picture. You have so many hidden talents!!! Wizard of Oz was a favorite at our house from the first day our daughter saw it at age 2 (she was never afraid of anything in it)up until this very day. She'll be 39 tomorrow and still watches Wizard of Oz once a year. Our first family pet was a mighty mini Dachshund named Toto. Yep we knew no matter what size, shape, color puppy we got its name was going to be Toto.
    Happy Weekend Madi and Mom

  10. So awesome, you are very creative my friend.

  11. What a wonderful talent you have. Your sketching is just awesome. Thanks for your visit and directing me to the wizard...a fun place to be!

  12. You did a beautiful job with that refinished frame, sweetpea. I've always loved that movie and yes, when it changes from b/w to color it was amazing for that time period.

  13. It turned out great - all of it!

  14. You did a beautiful job! You are so talented. I wish I could draw but my sister got that talent.I draw stick men and they're not very good.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I didn't use Gorilla glue on that .. I used the E-6000! I had a brain freeze I guess.Think it comes with age.

    I went back and edited the post. Hope I didn't mess anyone up! Have a great week-end.

  15. Anonymous8/27/2010

    Fun re visiting one of my favorite movies of all times...what wonderful sketches!

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by Anni. You have an amazing talent! Such detail in your drawings. Really wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Very beautiful sketches Anni!

  18. You are soooo talented!!! This is amazing! What fine detail, thanks so much for sharing! It has always been one of my favorite movies too! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your kind words! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  19. Awesome!! I love it, and I love the Wizard of Oz... What a fantastic picture.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and I just want to say RAH Marine Mom sis...
    I appreciate your son's commitment and sacrifice to defend and fight for our freedoms here in America, and to pursue that freedom for others all around the globe. Hugs to you and Semper Fi!

  20. Thank you for your lovely comment! I WISH I had time to sketch and paint for fun. I have pressure to create for school so I will hope to enjoy more one day like you. You are very talented and this is just beautiful!!

  21. Wow, you are very talented. thanks so much for stopping by my blog. By the way, if you really liked the blue teapot, its on clearance at Pier One Imports for 8 bucks :-)

  22. Oh Anni, Anni! That is just stunning, you are truly an amazing and talented artist! The close up of Dorothy is just beyond awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!


  23. Wow, you sure are talented! I love the Wizard of Oz and I remember looking foward to watching it on t.v. ONCE A YEAR, long before video's were invented. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend! Mary :O)

  24. I love anything Wizard of Oz, and you are quite talented! I'm joining as your newest follower. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment about my Pink Depression Glass Cake Plate! I loved having you stop by, maybe you'd like to come back again! Sandi

  25. Anni, This is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! I wish I had some of your artistic talent. There are so many projects I would love to do but can't draw a cat, except the ones with the little circles that we drew when we were kids. LOL

    Thank you for inviting me to visit you today. Awesome!


  26. A favorite movie of mine, too. The sketches are terrific. Thanks for sharing.

    BTW - we have a unique kitchen backsplash giveaway that might be useful to you or a friend. Please stop by our Giveaway Friday! Jane F.

  27. Wow! What a beautiful sketch...such amazing detail! The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies.

  28. That is wonderful. You are very good.

  29. Annie your art work is so wonderful!! Nope we are not in Kansas anymore!

  30. Anni
    I am in awe of how talented and gifted you are my friend. This picture is absolutely wonderful and love the way you finished the frame and the yellow for the matt is just too prefect.
    What awesome picture you now have and will treasure for years to come.
    Gosh how I wish I could sketch or do something beautiful.
    Love that you shared this and I am so happy that I did not miss it. I seem to miss out on a lot and this was too good to miss.
    Hope your doing my friend and thanks for always checking in on me.

  31. Wow, I love pencil drawings. Forward facing faces always seemed to be the hardest to do, great job.

  32. Incredible work! Just beautiful!

  33. Just awesome Anni!

  34. Wow! You are a wonderful artist!
    Very, Very talented.
    I love it!
    I am signing up to follow~
    Thank you for sharing!

  35. Hello Anni!
    I found your blog quite by accident going from My Romantic Home to another blog (sorry I can't remember the name) and then to you. What a wonderful drawing and since I live in Kansas it has even more meaning to me! I sketch too...haven't done it in years and have only done one portrait in my life. I love what you did to the frame. I'm now going to check your older posts to see what I've missed! Have a wonderful Tuesday. Maura :)


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