Saturday, August 30, 2008
A very welcome event this week, a sale of one of my new pastels.
It's also been another spell of family issues so not much artwork is getting done. But I start my new pastel class with Deborah Bays next Wednesday. I'm so excited and will try to share as much about how my pastel work changes as I can. I suspect my colored pencil work will change as well.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Many colored pencil artists have their own way of using the dry brush technique involving different papers and pencils. But this is the way I use it on the Ampersand Pastelbord with Coloursoft pencils by Derwent.
The Coloursoft are a bit more chalky than Prismas (Prismas being quite waxy), and when you brush them with a stiff bristle brush they behave a bit more like a soft pastel. Which happens to be the effect I'm after.
Here is a close up of an actual brush that I have used.
A pic of brushes that I bought in a packet at the craft store for about $8.00
I save my Prismas for working on Stonehenge paper where I also use the drybrush technique sometimes. That's a posting for another day.
This dry brush technique is what I used on the "Nectarines" colored pencil piece posted August 12th. The only drawback to this technique is that some of the chalky Coloursoft will brush off and you have to apply more layers. I don't brush too often towards the end of a piece....I usually result to using my fingertips to move the pencil around and to smoosh it into the board.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Step 1 - Using my Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils, I covered the tan Ampersand Pastelbord with basic values and colors and smooshed them in with a stencil brush.
Step 2 - More colors, more values and more layers.
Step 3 - the clunky art piece in the back is starting to take shape with value, color and reflected light. More color, more layers.
Finished piece - Nectarines 8 x 10 colored pencil on pastelbord. SOLD
I am finding that my colored pencil work over the last few years has really influenced my recent pastel work, and that my recent pastel pieces have REALLY influenced this latest colored pencil work. I was using the cp's more loosely and more quickly than I have done in the past.
I can't wait to see how this all plays out when I start my pastel classes with Deborah Bays in Sept.
The CPSA Convention in Seattle was marvelous. The weather was on the chilly side, what a nice change from 104 degrees back here in Denver.
The Renaissance Seattle was a great hotel. I am not too adverse to problems happening while staying in a hotel...things are bound to go wrong occasionally. Rather it's how you handle the problems that makes an impression on me. My toilet was on the fritz the very first night....when I called in the morning they were up immediately to fix it. I was happy.
The banquet room, membership meeting room, hospitality suite, conference rooms were all well laid out, well equipped and perfect for our needs. You could see the Space Needle and a great view of the Puget Sound from the 28th floor lounge (I even had a nice view of the Sound in my room). The food was lovely! Some of the wait staff needed a few lessons in humility but "ah...to be young!"
The week was jam-packed with activities, but I did manage to make a trip to the Seattle Art Museum to see the traveling Impressionist Exhibit. It came through Denver several months ago and I didn't make it to the Denver Art Museum....so I was thrilled to be able to see it in Seattle.
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibit/exhibit.asp If you have a chance to see "Inspiring Impressionism" take the time...it's worth it.
The CPSA International Exhibit is still on display until Sept 29th at the Seattle Convention Center (within walking distance to the hotel). It's a huge public space but the artwork looked wonderful on the walls. Sorry, I didn't get any pics of the exhibit. My camera was home on the kitchen table.
My 60th birthday was the travel day home from Seattle, but the week at the convention was one long celebration. It began with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Pike Flower Market sent by my life long best friend Sharon. She called all the way from central Nebraska to Seattle and arranged to have them sent to my hotel. I didn't even tell her where I was staying. They were waiting on the desk when I arrived in my hotel room.
Next year the CPSA Convention will be in Atlanta, GA. Hope many of you cp'rs that visit my blog will consider coming.....it's an awsome time. The people you meet are the best part.