Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bb is Bigger and Better

But before we get to that, BB is also for back breaking. I have an excellent studio set up which allows me to sit or stand when I work, but this month of colored pencil is killing me. My back is still, I know I am bending my neck too far forward, but no matter how I position myself to start, as I begin to concentrate, I am soon in one or another achy position. How DO artists work in small detail without turning themselves into pretzels? I'd really like to know.

Meanwhile, the work is coming along. This is the completion of yesterday's colored pencil on sand paper abstract. The photo is not quite right, but in person, ...

8x10. Bigger, better? Beautiful?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Aa is for Abstract Art

Today's art was inspired by yesterday's Roller Coaster and a question on a Colored Pencil artists page I follow. "Does anyone do abstracts in colored pencil?" I do - and this proves yet again that I am far more comfortable working in abstract - playing with color and shapes - than I am trying to make something that looks exactly like something.

Anyway, this is part of a larger piece  - on black sand paper. The colors and rich texture make this a pleasure to work on.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Z is for Zoom

The idea for this came from a student- lets draw a roller coaster. So we did.                                      Mine is made with Prismacolor penils on sandpaper - the cheap stuff from Home Depot. Though it eats colors like crazy the colors  ZOOM off the page. This piece will be in my upcoming sale at Multnomah Arts Center 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Y is for Yellow again

These holiday flowers were too lovely to ignore. So today, this photo said - YES - share sunshine and keep it fresh. But first, experiment with a few filters to make me even lovelier.

Now the flowers are talking to me ...

Friday, November 24, 2017

WX is for What neXt

Its been a busy and delicious few days - lots to be thankful for this year - but little time for art.

This piece started in Art Rage on my phone and moved into Photoshop for a (photo) finish.

Its just something so that I will not feel guilty about not posting anything, and the colors are nice.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

V for Vermillion

And very little time. I am teaching Art of Fashion today - with a focus on using to express feelings and style. I drew this lovely dress colored in a lively green. Her accessories are complementary colors - including vermillion - a warm deep red.

Happy Thanksgiving one and all. I need to go cook before I teach.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

U is for Unexpected

I found this city scene drawing among a pile of unfinished work. It called out for color pencil. I kept it light and layered color with sunset and atmospheric perspective in mind. Then, to experiment with possible background colors I opened it with Photoshop. Just a few contrast and brightness tweaks and some on screen paint touch-ups brought me to this totally unexpected result. I am amazed with the things that can happen with colored pencils.