Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Not only is it important to learn mixing but to learn a bit about color theory and how colors can work in a drawing. My absolute favorite writer/artist is Bet Borgeson whose books not only teach you about the basics of colored pencil but she also teaches the reader about some basic art concepts: form, volume, space, color theory, and composition. I highly recommend investing in at least one of these three books by Ms. Borgeson: "Colored Pencil for the Serious Beginner" (my favorite), "Basic Colored Pencil Technique", and "The Colored Pencil - Key Concepts for Handling the Medium". Ms. Borgeson also has a website which gives you a quick overview on color theory which is both very clear and easy to incorporate into your work.
But to get you started, I will share my color wheel and mixing chart with you. You have freedom to use this for your own personal use; however, please do not use these in a class without my permission (you're an artist, you know the drill.) Because copy paper is not much fun for CP artists, you might want to print the charts out on a piece of 8.5 x 11" drawing paper (cut your own!) Have fun and leave me some feedback if you have questions or suggestions of your own.
My finished CP color wheel. The pencils I used are listed; feel free to use your own colors! Now, color your own wheel!
My CP colored pencil mixing chart; again, use your own colors if you want.
Now here's your own chart. Notice how the intensity of a pure color increases by layering. Learn and have fun!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The young woman is the daughter of a high school friend of mine; she has hired me to do portraits of her children at their graduation from high school. (Appropriate, no?) This is her youngest child and, alas, I'll just have to wait until she has grandchildren for the next round.
I am working this on Strathmore Bristol Vellum in colored pencil. It measures12 x 14".
Monday, November 17, 2008
Here's some news and a few pics from my class on the Mexican Riviera Colored Pencil Workshop cruise. Thanks to Ann Kullberg who organized the entire workshop, I was invited to be one of the workshop instructors with Ann, of course, and Gemma Gylling. It was a wonderful trip with a wonderful group of workshop attendees. (I think I've made some new arty friends!)
In my workshop we focused on drawing marbles on two layers of Dura-lar Mylar. With this technique you can render an intense, glowing depth of field which works particularly well for glass objects. Below is my sample drawing.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
This series is hanging, at this time, at Studios on High Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, an artists' coop that has existed for over 22 years. I have been a proud member there for over 3 of those years; however, I recently made an agonizing decision to leave because I have some personal and professional goals that don't afford me the time or money to stay.
I am going to take the next 6 months or so to regroup, explore some new media, new techniques, new marketing strategies, BLOG MORE REGULARLY, and begin teaching. I am also planning on returning to Bolivia to work on the orphanage there and to ramp up some fund-raising efforts for it as well.
One of the most exciting things I'm doing right now is mentoring a promising young artist who is currently in 10th grade where she attends an inner city school which has no art classes. My heart broke for her and I just had to help. She is a wonderful girl and hungry for more art in her life. I feel a very strong need to provide just that.
It's always amazing to me how we are put just where we need to be, meeting just who we need to meet, and given just the right tools to do what needs to be done. Very humbling indeed.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
What fun! Plus, I'm also becoming a little greener, leaving a smaller carbon footprint at 100 mpg! I'm using this baby to run errands around my suburban hood (and terrorizing the neighbors as well). Now, I'm just looking for a gang to join....
Friday, July 25, 2008
- Lots of layering.
- Solvent use.
- Dry brush burnishing.
- No worrys of bending or tearing.
- Acid-free and non-yellowing.
- Great for mixed media techniques.
- Framing without glass.
Here are some of my favorite artists who do wonderful work on pastel board:
Kathrine Tyrrell: http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2006/12/ampersand-pastelbord.html
Nicole Caulfield: http://www.nicolecaulfieldfineart.blogspot.com/
Maggie Stiefvater: http://greywarenart.blogspot.com/search?q=pastel+board
"Where can I get these great Ampersand pastel boards?", you ask. Here's a link to the Ampersand web-site with the "where to buy" information: http://www.ampersandart.com/
If you do try it, I would love to hear your thoughts about it and see your work. Ooh, and if you find some new as-yet-untried technique, please share!