Monday, March 24, 2008

Fuego Azul

The agave painting is done! I had to switch back to my Coloursoft pencils. The coverage I was getting from my Lightfast Prismacolors just wasn't what I wanted.

Now time to move on to the next painting. Not sure what that will be just yet...but I'm already to start a new one.

Thanks for your feedback! (Hi Bernice! Julie said you have been watching my blog ;-)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Some Progress Today

Almost all of the agave has been covered with at least one layer of colored pencil. Some areas have more layers.

Hopefully, I will be able to finish up the first part of next week.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Agave - WIP

The underpainting is completely done and now ready for colored pencil.

I've started applying cp (using my set of Lightfast CP's by Prismacolor). I'm keeping the background quite abstract. It looks a little like a campfire right now. I'm hoping it turns out, but one just never knows when you work like this. It's fun!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

New Work! Agave - WIP

I started a new colored pencil piece this afternoon, the resource is from the Cacti del Mundo in Cabo San Lucas taken last November on my cruise. I've jazzed up the color and the values in PhotoShop. The original photo is gray and dull.

I'm once again using Neocolor II's and Inktense to do the underpainting on a 11 x 14 piece of
Ampersand pastelboard. This shows the background of Neo II's dry.

The following pic is the Neocolor II's wet.

And the final pic for tonight is the Inktense dry. Tomorrow I will use my water color brush and smoosh (technical term) the color around in preparation for starting the cp.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Finally!! Taxes and a Painting Done

Pears and Cherries 11" x 14" Colored Pencil

It feels so good to be finished with this....OK, I'll admit it will probably be tweaked here and there until it goes to an exhibit. It's just what I do.

And taxes finally done! I was holding my breath until the final line came up on the screen. The accountant said "New shoes for Mamma!". Not expensive shoes....but new shoes nonetheless.

Please check out the new link in my Artist's Blog list to see the link to Joyce Washor She does these gorgeous small paintings, and is the author of the book "Big Art Small Canvas". I'm so thrilled to have found her blog and made her "acquaintance". Hi Joyce!!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Sooooo Close to Being Done!

The stems and leaf are in, a hint of a table top on the left, all that's left is a few measly cherries, and a little work on the reflections. But I've had a ton of other projects on my plate, and I still need to get my taxes together. Hubby is getting impatient with me.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Bit of Progress - Pears and Cherries

I'm making a bit of progress, but I've had a nasty cold that has taken up residence in my body.
I'm willing it to go away!

My green olives with red pimentos are slowly going away, and I am working on the color in the left pear. Then I'll finish the cherries. After that, I will go back and add as much color as I can without going "neon" and ta-da...I'll be done. I'm very ready to move on, although I have enjoyed this approach to colored pencil immensely.