Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Finally Finished Cypress Trees in Colored Pencil


Could you sense my absence from the web recently? I've been working, working, working on a colored pencil painting. I am finally finished - I think. I said that last night and signed it. In the light of day, I decided (with my husband's critique) that it could use a little punching up in places, so back to work. Then, I thought it was done and was pretty pleased. I took it outdoors and sprayed workable fixative on it. I almost always do that. I've never had problems with it before. But this time...horror of horrors, my dark purple shadows morphed into something more like neon fuschia. Not so good. I used much more Verithin Prismas on this particular work than I normally do and perhaps that accounts for the color shift this time. So, back to the drawing board - literally. I busily attacked the purple with a marine green and think I might have counteracted the effects. I had been so careful to maintain my lights - which is always a challenge for me - and was annoyed that I had to get some subtle gradations darker when the additional coats of pencil were applied. Oh, well. I learn something everytime. I had been working on this one as a submission for the CPSA Int'l exhibit. I didn't enter at all last year and regret that decision. I hope to complete another one and will start on it today. I am giving pastelboard and Neocolors II wax crayons a try with my next one. I will try to post the work in progress - if I don't forget.
Hope to be back here soon!
All the best,

11 comments:

  1. That root work is just amazing. I hope you've conquered your color issues. This piece is just beautiful.

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  2. THANK YOU!!! I enjoy doing challenging things like the roots.

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  3. I love it, Linda. It's beautiful!

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  4. Wow Linda I love this, so much details!.

    As one of my favourite blogs, I am giving you an art blog award. It can be copied from my blog at www.ranjini.wordpress.com/ You are asked to list 7 things that you love and give the award to 7 other artblogs.
    Congratulations,
    Ranjini

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  5. Thanks, Ranjini! You're a sweetie! I think I have to accept tightness when I work with colored pencil. I tried the neocolors and the pastel board and I made a disaster of that! That just gives me even more admiration for your beautiful work.

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  6. Your cypress trees are wonderful! You've captured the quiet, dark peace of a stand of these beautiful trees. Congrats on your award and for sharing it with others!

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  7. What a great painting - the purplish cast gives it something mysterious :) I can imagine this painting took you some time - especially the roots! Glad I found you, I do art too, visit me sometime (you probably want to look at the Celebrity Collection of flowers)

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  8. it's breath taking. Looking forward to see more of your work soon! (i know, these things take time :)

    smiles,

    Silver

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  9. here I am again - thank you for "following" my blog! jeannette

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  10. Thanks for your nice comments, Silver! Just went to your Reflections blog and immersed myself in your beautiful images. What a lovely place to visit! I'm subscribing!
    Seeing your name jogged my memory for a friend I've lost track of whose maiden surname was Silver.

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  11. ah..how sweet.. do you like food? visit me at One day at a time.. no wait.. didn't i see u there? ha.. sorry, aging does get to me sometimes.. thanks for joining the "FOOD-CHAIN" club!

    if you see this friend of yours, send her my hello, will you?

    smiles..

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