Finished! I changed the color of the seats on the foremost boat to reflect the blueish lavender in the sea and added some red inside the small boat to repeat the color of the background boat. This was a lot of fun!
So far, so good! The beach area is finished, I hope. I tried to soften the edges between the beach front and the sea. All that’s left are the two other boats. I’m trying to decide if the image is predominately warm or cool — seems to me it’s warmer. I will need to make some adjustments on the temperature, then. Hopefully, my next blog will show the completed drawing. Thanks for viewing and commenting.
Some more work on the boats on the coast of Spain: I finished the lower boat on the left and started to work on the right foreground boat. I have started to work on the beach where the boats are moored. There’s several more hours of work to do before I finish, and I look forward to working on it. I have used blending, burnishing, and dissolving with turpenoid on the left side of the beach as well as on the overturned boat.
I will be teaching a colored pencil class January and February 2018 at the Maumelle Center on the Lake in Maumelle. Hope you can join us.
As you can see in this photo, I used solvent (mineral spirits) to dissolve the colored pencil on the water and the red boat. Doing this always makes a colored pencil drawing more painterly. Then I started to work on the 3 boats leaving the foremost boat to be worked last. I usually recommend that the artist works from top down, and finishes one section at a time in order to eliminate the problems caused by pencil debris. (Prismacolor pencils are bad about this because of their softness.) I use a brush to brush away the residue often.
I don’t like the boat on the upper left, so I’ll probably work some on this later. I started on the lower left boat to suggest the dirt and rust on the hull, and did a little on the green boat. This stage took me about 2 1/2 hours. Next time you see a post, I will have completed the three boats, leaving the foreground and beach area for later.
I taught a short workshop at Art on the Green in Conway last week to two very good artists on drawing with colored pencil. They didn’t finish their first drawing, since it takes lots of time to do colored pencil work. Above is the 9 x 12″ drawing I started as a demo (I didn’t get very far either). So I thought I would work on this as home and blog the progression.
This is an image of beached boats that I took in Spain several years ago. I left out one of the boats and corrected the left side of the photo to show the entire boat on the left. As you can tell, the beach area has only one layer of colored pencil at the moment. There was a lot of straw or thin strips of wood in the sand, so I used a sharp instrument to scratch in that suggestion before I started. I also scratched in my signature so that it would show up when completed.
The top part of the drawing is the sea with the red boat moored in it. There are probably four layers of colored pencil in this section already, but it is not complete as yet. I haven’t figured out as yet how to show the bits of surf. I will work on this, and write another blog sometime soon. Keep drawing!
Well, I’m going to teach an art class again — thought I was finished with that, but guess it’s in my “blood.” Beginning September 15 (Thursday) from 1:30 – 3:30, I will be teaching a class on how to compose a work of art at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center in Maumelle. This is a seven week class, and will include examples, critiques, information, exercises, and perhaps occasional homework. Students will use their own materials, as well as materials provided by the instructor. I’ve had many years of experience teaching this subject, both in high school art classes, children’s classes, and adult classes. A lot of the lessons will be based on the blogs I’ve shared on this site. Cost is $45, and there is a maximum of eight students so call MSWC as soon as possible, if you want to register (501- 851-4344). I’m looking forward to seeing you and sharing my understanding of composition and design principles.
I Always Come Back to Landscapes in Pastel
I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to do non-objective paintings, and they always turn out to be landscapes! I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to paint with acrylic or watercolor, and I always go back to using soft pastels! I guess I should just be myself, and stop trying to do what everyone else is doing.
My favorite subject is the landscape — could be Arkansas’s rivers, mountains, lakes, farm lands and fields, houses, bridges, roads, rocks, forests, majestic trees or their roots; it makes no difference. It’s what I love. At one time, I did a lot of plein air painting, but I haven’t done that in a while. Instead, I take my camera with me as I walk the paths of my home town or travel from town to town; take vacation trips to places like Charleston, Martha’s Vinyard, or Portland, Maine. I must have a zillion photos of landscapes that I want to experience in pastel.
Yes, soft pastel! It’s always been the easiest medium for me. I like to hold the stick broadside in my hands and be able to swipe across the sanded paper, or use the point of the stick to make drawing lines on top. The colors are there for me to use – I don’t have to mix them to get the right color. They are intense, dull, gray, brilliant, sizzling, and/or calming. I can layer on top of a watercolor or ink underpainting, or I can start with a hard pastel underpainting and dissolve it with water or turpenoid. I can use local color, complementary colors, or really intense colors for the underpainting and then layer other pastels on top. Sometimes, the painting just paints itself! What fun!
Here are a few photos of my latest pastel landscapes. I tried to show the mood of late afternoon/twilight landscapes — the time of day when everything is shutting down and the hectic, busy times are over. Time to go home and rest. I call this style “Romantic Realism” because of the emotional content. These paintings are part of an exhibit named “Where the Sky Kisses the Earth” that will be at the Searcy Art Gallery August 5-September 21. The opening reception is August 6, Saturday from 1-3 pm. I will be there; I hope to see you there as well!
This watercolor painting titled “With Strings Attached” recently won the Bronze Award at the Arkansas League of Artists Spring Members’ Show at the Cox Creative Center in downtown Little Rock. It is on 300 # cold-press Arches watercolor paper and framed to 29 x 37.” I don’t usually paint in watercolor, and this was not an easy piece for me to create. I saw the aprons hanging in a studio at the Arkansas Arts Center, and thought they would make a pleasing composition with some alterations on my part. I tried to create visual interest and movement by varying the colors, patterns,, and sizes of the aprons and shirts. It was quite a challenge! This same piece won the Wiggins award at the MSW Annual Competition at the Arkansas Arts Center and 1st place at the Stuttgart Grand Prairie Arts Festival in 2015. The show at the Cox Creative Center will hang until April 30.
Currently on display, one of my pastel paintings was juried into the Wichita Pastel National Show in Kansas — the same piece won 2nd place at the Delta Arts Festival in Newport this year. From April to May 11, I have 3 artworks at the Conway League of Artists Show at the Faulkner County Library in Conway. In addition, a charcoal drawing of my husband’s arms will be published in the Art Coffee Table Book of Arkansas Hospice. Date of publication is unknown at this time.
If anyone is interested, I still have a few copies of my book about the Argenta Historic District Available. Contact me through my website or on Facebook.
I spent two weeks painting these six “word portraits” to take with me to the Delta Arts Festival in Newport last week, and not a one sold! Guess I thought others would like the words of scripture displayed in their house. I was inspired by my priest’s chasuble he wears Sundays in ordinary time. It says “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY” across the front. At any rate, here are the images — the acrylic paintings are 11 x 14″ and I’ll sell any of them for $25. The embellishments are symbolic – at least to me! Might make nice gifts — who knows! Comment if you like them, please
THE NORTH LITTLE ROCK HISTORY COMMISSION WILL BE SHOWING MY PEN AND INK DRAWINGS OF STRUCTURES ON THE NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTER DURING THE ARGENTA ARTWALK FEBRUARY 19 FROM 5-8 PM. MY BOOKS ABOUT THE ARGENTA NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE FEATURED: I WILL BE THERE TO SIGN PURCHASED COPIES. YOU CAN ALSO ORDER LIMITED EDITION PRINTS OF THE DRAWINGS DURING THAT TIME. AS YOU KNOW, MY PEN AND INK DRAWINGS ARE CAREFUL AND DETAILED, AND THE IMAGES IN THE BOOK ARE OUTSTANDING. I’LL TELL YOU JUST WHY I DECIDED TO START THIS 3 YEAR LONG PROJECT AS WELL! PLEASE COME BY AND VISIT.