Winter Evening Shadows…….

Well after doing this piece twice, I’m still not entirely happy with it but I learned a lot and I’m calling it doneEvening winter shadows_72!!


Classic Car cont’d……

I can see this one is going to take a while but I’m really enjoying creating all the reflections.  Already got my eye on a couple more classic cars I’d like to do.   I used pan pastels to fill in a lot of the base paint of the car and now going in and fine tuning it with colored pencil but since there really aren’t any specific colors that work for this odd color, I’m having to work in many different layers.  I’m using FC Cinnamon and Light Flesh along with Prisma Clay Rose and believe it or not Prisma Black Grape to build the darker values of the shadowed areas.  The chrome is a comprised of a number of various colors due to the items that are reflected in there.

Classic Car cont’d……

So I haven’t found out yet what make and model this car is.  My thoughts were a Ford Fairlane but in looking up images of this car I couldn’t find any that looked like it.  I’m hoping that one of my readers will help me solve the mystery.  In the meantime, here’s the latest update.  All the chrome is going to take a while just to include all the many reflections on the bumper and the facets in the headlight but I do love a challenge.    There are a lot of sun/glare stars everywhere and I usually like to work around them like negative space but there are so many tiny ones that I may go in after the piece is done and use my white uni-ball marker or my Pebeo Artist marker to get the markings that I want.  So far I’m using a gamut of colors including all the warm and cool greys in the Polychromos line, Black, Payne’s Gray, Slate Grey, Indigo and Indanthrene Blue.  No burnishing will be used to achieve the shiny chrome.

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Blue Heron……..complete!!

I know that some folks have been following me on my journey with this piece and what a challenge it has been but I’m happy to say no more whining from me as it is done!!  Sometimes when you work on a piece that you really love and hate at the same time you can get very frustrated and want to quit but please don’t – follow it through no matter how it looks or how hard is is because the lessons you will learn, you will  never forget and they will indeed make you a better artist and a better person.

Blue Heron/Colored Pencil/13.5 x 17.5 on Bristol Vellum

Hope you like it!

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Blue Heron……..almost there.

I had no idea when I started this piece that it would take me this long but I have found that creating moving water with CP is the most time-consuming effect I have ever challenged myself to do.  As I work on it, it’s like it starts moving in front of my eyes and I have to refocus over and over so the end result is I can only manage an inch or so at a time, then I need to work on something else.  So that is what I’m doing.  I have two other pieces on the go, actually three but one only has the drawing set up.  I hope you can appreciate the time invested in this piece.  Fingers crossed it will be done soon.

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Pretty in Pink Trio cont’d….

Spending a little more time on this piece when my eyes grow tired from working on the Heron water.  Gives me a little break.  My palette for this piece is still the same as in my previous post, just adjusting them from warm to cool, more and less saturated depending on the area I’m working on.  I’m not a watercolourist by any means by I’m working at it and hope to feel confident in it one day.  In the meantime, I keep working at it.

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Pretty in Pink Trio in Watercolour….

So I’m trying to balance my sanity from working on the Heron to this piece which is a watercolour.  Yes, I do work in other mediums!  Anyway,  I started this piece over a year ago and was not happy with how it was turning out so I scrapped it but I’m a very determined person so when something doesn’t work, I try again, and again and again and as many times as I need to get it right.  So here I am once again working on these lilies.  Having taken a few pages from a book by Susan Harrison Tustain on managing water in WC, I’m having more success than I did Pretty in Pink Trioin the past.  I guess the proverbial light went on as I read her book and watched her video and I’m finding I’m understanding more of what I’m doing rather than just winging it and hoping for the best.  Some of the shadows you see in the paper are because it is still wet and moving.  This is a 13.5 x 10.5.  I’m working with a palette of Permanent Rose, Raw Sienna and Aureolin Yello for most of the petals as well as some Prussian Blue and Dioxazine Purple in very light amounts for the folds of the petals.  Aureolin Yellow and Sap Green for the center areas of the petals.  I start with one petal at a time, giving it a good coverage of water and once the sheen has gone I add another lighter soak and begin dropping in my colours.  I did also apply some masking fluid per petal in a few areas as well.  Once each petal was completely dry (overnight) I go back in with a little more richer colours to begin deepening the colours.  I then started to add in some of the lines and then applied another layer of either just water or more colour.  This way the lines soften up a bit and become more painterly.

Blue Heron cont’d….

Nothing much to report, just the ongoing saga of the water that is making me crazy!  A little more done.

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Blue Heron cont’d…..

This particular piece is taking a long time to complete as I decided to put in the water background and much like doing feathers your eyes can so easily get lost on where you are.  Achieving the balance of the waves is crucial to have it look realistic and yet still provide the role of support for the bird.  I’m using basically 8 colours.  FC – Payne’s Gray, Dark Sepia, Indigo Blue and Cold Gray VI.  In the Prismas, I’m using Sky Blue Light Periwinkle, Slate Gray and Green Ochre for the bits of weed floating on the surface.  I’m completing only about an inch a day as my eyes and my patience are tested after completing that small amount of space.  I first sketch in with indigo or payne’s gray about an inch worth of shapes,  then I add periwinkle around the soft edges, putting in the sky light blue in the areas around the seaweed.  Then I start my layering process, building with all my colours the depth and density of the shadows till they look right.  Once I have done all the water as per usual, I will go into and blend a little more, darken some areas, add some more highlights where needed and in general just clean it up.  I used a number of colours of pan pastels to sort of map in the water before moving forward just to give myself an idea of where I want to go and to create a base of colour I can build on.  I still have to finish the lower left grasses and the rocks need some work as well.

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Blue Heron cont’d….

Finally got around to making some decisions and serious application to the Heron.  I couldn’t decide what seemed to be not quite right about it in my mind but I decided that I needed to close off both sides but I didn’t want to have to add a whole lot more grasses and water to keep it at the 16 x 20 size so I opted to make it 13.5 x 15.5 and add in only enough of the elements to fill that size edge to edge.  Using artistic license I added some more rocks and some bull rushes as well.  I  need to finish out the grass in the foreground and the water at the right edge, then I think after a few tweaks here and there, I’ll be able to put this one to bed.

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