When Art and History Collide, Something Special Happens

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

The following is a story submitted by artist Pam Gassman and published with permission. Enjoy reading!

The Sea Captain's Wife

I took my first art lesson at the age of 11. My family moved to Montreal, Canada from Minnesota. At that time, there was a problem with gangs. A neighbor told my mother that if you get your children involved in the arts - they won't join the gangs. So, my Mom marched the three older children into Shirley Smith's art studio. Art captured my heart, and I never have joined a gang yet, so it must have been true.

I have painted in oil, acrylic and watercolor for decades. A few years ago, I was intrigued by color pencil, so I took an Ann Kullberg Super Workshop. I think the sky opened up and the sun shone down. It was laborious, slow, methodical, challenging and amazing. Unlike any other medium I had worked with. The art concepts remained the same. But the process was very different. I fell in love.

I find color pencil somewhat unforgiving like watercolor. This makes me take the time to really plan out my compositions, colors and layout. I loved doing flowers with raindrops (See Hidden Treasures 3), animals and still life. I experimented with everything. But where I found my real voice was when my teenage daughter said to me after school, "Women didn't really contribute much to history." I paused and asked her why she thought that. She said, "because in her classes there were mostly portraits of the men in history."

I was a history major in college. I taught history, loved and breathed history. Later, I became a recreational therapist and used art therapy for brain injured and cognitively disabled patients. After my daughter's comment, I knew it was now my time to mix my love of history in a therapeutic and educational approach.

Contemplating Her Stitches

I knew that women contributed greatly to history, especially American colonial history, my specialty. I could not stand still and let  any of my daughters feel they were in any way less important than their male counter parts. So, I started thinking...and the process began.

I decided that I would create portraits of colonial women. Some known in our history and some to just represent the everyday unnamed women.

The next hurdle was how to do this. I started researching the clothing. I bought fabric, yards and yards of fabric in many different period appropriate prints. I got out my sewing machine and started to design and create numerous colonial costumes.

My family thought I was a little bit mad...but I think all artists have a spark or two of madness - or why would we persevere with the visions in our imagination.

After creating many costumes, I asked friends and family to model for me. Most were very enthusiastic about the adventure. I dressed them up (from historically accurate underwear to top wear), and photographed them. And then the real fun began with the color pencil.

I experimented with backgrounds; watercolor pencil, Gamsol, detailed backdrops. My mind worked faster than I could keep up. I filled notebooks with sketches and ideas. And yes, I had my daughters model for me many times. That gave me a captive audience to teach them about how important the role of women was in colonial America.

A Letter to My Best Beloved

Since then I have won first place in the national Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) fine arts contest and The Evelyn Cole Peters award for art excellence in 2016. I was thrilled to be asked to go to Washington, DC to receive my award.

My historical art was featured in Artsy Shark, The Oldfield Art show (WA), The Decorative Painter & COLOR Magazine. I will be a featured artist this July at Liberty Bay Books and in the North West Colonial Festival. And in 2017 I won 3rd place in the nation in the D.A.R. fine arts contest. And have been commissioned to do a portrait of the president general of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

I continue to teach history in schools. But now, as a visiting artist. I dress in colonial costume and bring some of my prints and teach kids about American history. And yes, I teach about the important role women had. So many young kids have written me notes telling me they never heard of many of the ladies I've spoken of, and are excited about what they learned. My mantra to them is, "what each of us does - matters. It matters now, and it matters to history."

I also continue teaching traditional painting classes in the Seattle, WA area, as I have for 26 years. Somethings will never change. But for each day and each pencil and each yard of fabric - I am glad I have found my voice and feel blessed to be able to share it.


About the Artist:
Pam has been an artist for 26 years, but when she discovered color pencils she found her voice. Mixing her love of art and history she makes portraits to remind today's people of the importance of history. Her art starts before the pencil meets the paper, it starts with fabric.

See more from Pam at pampaints.com.

April 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

This month, three artists who were featured in the April 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. Read below about their inspiration for each of these interesting subjects.

Young Hand
by Ann Marchel Kelley
15" x 15"
Own photo reference
Prismacolor Pencil on watercolor paper.

Branding time is a day of neighbors helping neighbors and of family traditions. Like his father before him, and with determination and the passion of a true Cowboy, Jesse is "learning the ropes." All the necessary ingredients to make a Good Hand. This moment in Jesse's life inspired me to capture it because I could relate to his determination and passion when I was his age.

About Marchel:
Marchel exhibited her work in the "Split Skirts and Sidesaddles- Women Artists of The West" Art show, in Juried Shows and galleries. She competed in the "Artist's Magazine - All Media Competition," selected as one of the 236 Finalists. Her work has been published in colored pencil books.

See more from Ann on her Facebook Page.


by Susan Brinkmann
24" x 16"
Own photo reference
Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D'Ache Supracolor soft pencils on Winsor
& Newton smooth surface heavyweight cartridge paper

My niece Vera is one of my favorite models. I made a photo series of her when she was about 12 for a commissioned booklet containing photo's and poems about 'Emotions'. This picture portrayed the emotion 'Grief', but in the drawing the emotion turned out different than in the reference photo. The drawing is more about serenity, contemplation, melancholy and the innocence and beauty of youth. The pose reminded me of a swan: beautiful, graceful and pure.

About Susan:

Susan Brinkmann is British, but has lived in the Netherlands most of her life. Portraits of people and animals are her favorite subject, and her commissioned portraits are appreciated across the planet. Her ultimate challenge is to not only create a good likeness, but to capture 'life' in a portrait.

See more from Susan on her facebook page.


Mandarins and Paper
by Paco Martin Dominguez
12.59" x 10.23"
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Luminance and Pablos on Caballo paper 109

I love drawing objects from everyday life, I love details and textures. A long conversation with a friend about tangerines with green leaves suggested me this drawing. ,It took me much time to finish it but I'm very happy with the final result, it's a very special drawing for me because it allowed me to focus a lot on details and enjoy every moment.

About Paco:

Paco has been using coloured pencils since he was a child. His first Faber box of 18 coloured pencils blew him away. Little by little he was facing bigger artistic challenges and he made his decision years ago to devote himself full time to coloured pencils.

See more from Paco on his Facebook Page.


These artworks were published in the April 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.

Download the 40 page digital version of the magazine for just $3.89, or subscribe and save 15%. Each issue is packed with step by step projects, critiques, colored pencil tips, artist profiles and much more.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - April 2017

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR MagazineThe Pencil Box blog series will give artists a bit more space to share insight and inspiration about their colored pencil art. Make sure to check out links at the bottom of this post for our Facebook group partners - join in the fun and your artwork could be featured, too!

Water Jewel by Melanie Wallace 
18" x 24"
Prisma, Caran d'ache-Luminance, and Prisma Verythins pencils on canvas prepped with Colourfix, mounted on board.

I love capturing water. Water drops in particular. One day after a nice April shower I walked through my favorite local gardens at Houmas House where they have tons of water lilies to choose from. This particular one captured my eyes with it beautiful colors and perfectly placed rain drops all over its flower petals. It was an instant love for colors, shapes, and challenge. My fingers itched immediately and it wouldn't let go until I gave in and created this piece. It was a few months until I found the time to start on it and a few months to finish it. Created with the Icarus Board, making it a fun piece from every aspect.

About Melanie

I always loved to paint as long as I remember. It wasn't until I was in my 30s I started experimenting with color. Always having done nothing but graphite, colored pencils seemed the most familiar and hence best choice. To this day it is my favorite of all mediums.

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Moose on the Prairie by Tammy J. Hoffert
24" x 18"
Colored pencil on front and back of Grafix drafting film. Background is colored pencil and pan pastel on Mi Teintes pastel paper.

Moose on the Prairie has been a labor of love! Moose are my oldest son's favorite animal, and he wanted to show his support of my artistic journey, so he commissioned me to do a colored pencil painting of a moose for his office. What a wonderful son, right? Moose are commonly seen on the North Dakota prairie, so it also reminds me of home. As I was working on the front of the drafting film, I decided that I wanted to create strong depth in this piece. I found that drafting film was a wonderful surface for creating depth. It has become my favorite surface so far. I rendered the moose on the front side with a few of the grass stems in the foreground. I then turned it over to the back side and put more grass and twigs. I decided I wanted even more depth and took out a sheet of Mi Tientes and used pan pastel and colored pencil to create the background.

About Tammy

I remember as a child, sitting with my mother coloring in a coloring book as she taught me how to do gradations of color and blending. This was my 1st art lesson! I believe this is why I have such a passion for colored pencil!

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The Gathering of Crops by Rosalind Batty
18" x 13"
Drawn on Fabriano Artistico EW HP 300gsm Watercolor paper, using Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.

Living in a farming community, I am surrounded by agricultural machinery. Owning a tractor myself, I thought this would be a nice piece to draw, as it shows all the details of the workings of the tractor. This piece will bring back memories for anyone that grew up in a farming community, and remind them of home.

About Rosalind

I'm a self taught artist specializing in colored pencil drawings with a passion for what I do. I love to bring art to life using pencil strokes and draw a wide variety of subject matters.

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Discarded by Michelle Ripari
11.69" x 16.53"
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premiers, Caran d'Ache Luminance, Pablos on Arches Smooth 300gsm.

I completed this work as part of a body of various works, while I was an Artist in Residence at Saltwater Community Centre in Point Cook Melbourne, in late 2016. This is a young urban neighborhood with pockets of undeveloped flat land, combined with a huge amount of housing development growing steadily. So, my focus for the works were subjects in the area surrounding the location.

"Subjects that are only in transition; wide open spaces, a young landscape with discarded equipment and rubbish that will no longer be part of the backdrop of Saltwater CC in the years to come. Objects and equipment once important, once vital to the development and progress of the new environment. Now one project has been completed, what was once required is now obsolete and disposed of. Discarded too easily and scattered for all to see.”

About Michelle

I have been honored to have my work published numerous times and won a handful of prizes since discovering color pencils in 2014. I’ve also started teaching classes and workshops and hope to one day to have my work represented in a gallery. My favorite subject is the gum tree.

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These artworks were published in the April 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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March 2017 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

This month, three artists who were featured in the March 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. Read below about their inspiration for each of these interesting subjects.

I AM, Soup For The Soul
by Buena Johnson
22" x 27"
Own photo reference

In my inspired artwork, I like to present the viewer with positive messages to empower, uplift & inspire. ‘I AM, Soup For The Soul,’ influenced by Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans, my aim was to recreate & relabel a mass produced product with a brand & label of Positive Affirmations for the everyday audience. Imagine the local supermarket shelves or your kitchen cabinet being stocked with canned lunch choices that empower you to feel stronger & more confident plus fill the body; Every word on each can & every bite generating a sense of self worth. The Powerful word LOVE is spelled out with noodles in one open can of ‘I AM’ soup. LOVE for oneself & others is the greatest gift. Positive, Empowering Affirmations- "I AM, Soup For The Soul," A gratifying way to start any day, all day & great at all times! This artwork of positive affirmations is the first in an ongoing series.

About Buena:
BUENA, fine artist, teacher & photographer, conducts workshops & has exhibited in galleries & museums locally & internationally, including the Smithsonian & the Getty. She has received numerous awards & is widely published. BUENA’s favorite tool is the pencil.

"I am grateful for the gift of Art."

See more at http://www.buenaartist.com or on her Facebook page.


Living the Big Easy
by Cheryl Caro
23" x 16"
Own photo reference

Basset Hounds were the beginning of my colored pencil journey. After three years that journey has come to a crossroad. It is time to leave my precious basset hounds. I yearn to draw complex compositions and develop my own unique style. This desire had me purchasing a high resolution camera in order to capture interesting subject matter. The quest to find something worth drawing had me taking a day trip to New Orleans, aka The Big Easy. I specifically targeted the French Quarter. The streets were lined with all types of people, from artists, musicians, street performers, and panhandlers. Each and every one making a daily living in the Big Easy. I took many photos, but this particular man seemed to stand out the most in my thoughts during my drive home.

What attracted me to this man was all the beads around his neck, and then the look he gave me when he thought I wasn’t going to put any money into his bucket. His stare was penetrating. Later that night, as I looked through all my pictures, I knew without a doubt which picture I was going to use for my first complex drawing. It was only fitting to title this piece “Living the Big Easy”.

“Living the Big Easy” was going to be my first photo realism drawing. Well, so I hoped. After laying the drawing out on paper, I realized what a daunting task this was going to be. Last year I took a four day workshop with artist Wendy Layne, a very photo realistic artist. I expressed my desire to draw photo realistic. Her words kept repeating in my head the entire time I worked on this drawing. Draw what you see. Look at the flesh and pull colors that you see. I tried very hard to stick to those words. Previous to this drawing I had only attempted four drawings with people. This was pretty much a first for me in many ways. It may not be the photo realism I would like to have achieved, but I guess it is my style. I suppose I must have a style because another artist told me she could pick out my work before she even looked at the artist’s name. I never realized I had my very own style.

When I started drawing my basset hounds I tried different colored pencils and different type papers. I really like and tend to stay with the materials used for this drawing. Fabriano Water Colored Paper, hot pressed. I use Faber-Castell Polychromos, Caran D’Ache Pablo Colored Pencils, Caran D Ache Luminance Colored Pencils, and Derwent Drawing Pencils. I also learned to layer quite a bit to achieve the desired colors instead of blending.

About Cheryl:

My childhood passion was put on the back-burner for over thirty years until three years ago, when the love of my basset hounds had me buying my first set of colored pencils and a drawing pad. Since my first basset drawing, I have been like a sponge, absorbing everything about colored pencils, papers, and techniques. After two years of drawing bassets and other dogs, I am spreading my wings, so to speak, and focusing on people and everyday living. I am at the beginning of an endless colored pencil journey. It’s never too late to fulfill your childhood passion.

See more from Cheryl on her facebook page.


by Carolyn Chua
14" x 19"
Own photo reference

Acceptance is one of the completed colored pencil paintings that I'm planning to develop into a series of bread in a plastic/cellophane bag - it's an exploration of the relationship between bread (basic food) and human, and its impact on one's outlook in life.

Before starting this artwork, I took many photo references of different types of bread loaves, slices, etc. that I had trouble selecting a picture that would speak profoundly through visual means. In fact, even though I knew the photo (that I ended up using) was the right one, I just couldn't bring myself to draw it. I think I was very afraid of not being able to rise above the occasion to deliver the realism of the subject matter. I finally resolved in putting myself to the test, skill-wise, but not expecting the mental and emotional test that come with it.

There were many personal conflicts that affected me during the process of this artwork, plus the fact that the US elections had the entire world raging against the candidates for the next US President. With so much turmoil raging externally and internally, it sure made an intense influence on the development of my artwork. However, I let all this dictate my feelings and direction while feeling very pressured to succeed to even complete it. What made it worse was the fact that I had used a substrate which I had no experience in handling (Fabriano cold pressed watercolor paper) and found it extremely difficult to conquer it; it instead made me changed my entire art process and had to customize it specifically for this artwork!

In the end, I instinctively knew what this painting is all about; it's coming to terms about many things that I don't have control over. Even if I could change it, there'll be a bigger consequence to face. So, I took all my influences, emotions, mental state of being, and wrote it on the cellophane bag to reflect the situation that I was in, and the bluish brown slices of bread (charcoal bread slices) were symbolization of parts of me which had undergone transformation from the situation and now ready to emerge as someone unique. Maybe not everyone is accepting of the final results, but I am... It's acceptance on my part, of who I am and what I'm capable of... Skill-wise, I feel I have broken my own boundaries and created new learning experiences.

About Carolyn:

Carolyn started drawing at a very young age and excelled in arts throughout her schooling days, and pursued her passion at Malaysian Institute of Art where she graduated in Graphic Design. She's an award-winning creative with experience in both art and writing in the advertising and media industries. A multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on colored pencil art, her fine arts style is best described as contemporary realism. Her artworks have been featured in notable art publications, and her works have been exhibited both locally and overseas. She's currently a member of the Color Pencil Society of America.

See more from her at http://carolyngmc.wix.com/carolyncfinearts.


These artworks were published in the March 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.

Download the 40 page digital version of the magazine for just $3.89, or subscribe and save 15%. Each issue is packed with step by step projects, critiques, colored pencil tips, artist profiles and much more.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - March 2017

Posted on March 01, 2017 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR MagazineThe Pencil Box blog series will give artists a bit more space to share insight and inspiration about their colored pencil art. Make sure to check out links at the bottom of this post for our Facebook group partners - join in the fun and your artwork could be featured, too!

Zoey & Quinn by Diana Fendley
16" x 20"
Paper: Strathmore 400 series cold press watercolor paper
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor, Polychromos, and Derwent Coloursoft.

I belong to The Cat Crazy Villagers Club, one of the goal of the club is to help shelter cats. I donated a free portrait as first prize for a raffle that was held to raise money for 3 animal shelters. This is the winning portrait. Zoey and Quinn are both rescue cats, very much loved by their owners.

About Diana Fendley

I have been drawing since I was about 3 years old. I am an avid animal lover, art and animals are a match for me. I am self taught, with no formal education in art. I have learned much over the years just by practice and observing other artists techniques.

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Canadian Moccasins by Anna Maria Toth
9" x 12"
Paper: Bockingford watercolor paper
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor

This artwork is part of the “Working Man” series I designed in coloring pencils. I wanted to showcase coloring pencil medium as it relates to the realistic rendering of color and texture. There are 3 images completed in this series and I have plans for a few more. Two images are featured on my Facebook page and the series will be featured on my website I am in the process of updating.

About Anna Maria Toth

I am a Canadian artist. It is thrilling to join the online art community on Facebook and connect with so many exceptional artist. Specialty groups, like the color pencil groups are particularly inspiring. At the risk of permanently damaging my hermit tendencies I am happy that I embraced social media.

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Waiting by Kirsten Walsh
11.69" x 16.53"
Paper: Bristol Board
My own photo, with permission from client.

"Waiting" was a commissioned drawing, as a Christmas gift. I really wanted to do a drawing of a dog that was lying down, chin resting with that look of patience. Leo the dog, was so playful, and was hard to take photos of him, but we persisted. I was lucky enough the light was so great that day and after an hour of being with him, and just as I was going to leave, I captured this image. It captured him perfectly. I wanted to really enhance the light and his beautiful red coat.

About Kirsten Walsh

I'm a mum of 2 girls, married, a dog lover and live in Victoria Australia. I trained as a young artist, in design and illustration, and always loved Colour Pencil. I hope to share my drawings with other people, capture a memory, and create a line of prints and cards.

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Blue by Deviprasad Chand
9" x 12"
Paper: Strathmore Bristol 400 series
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor Premier

Drawing water is always challenging. When waves, reflection and Skintone comes into the picture all together, it makes life hard for an Artist. This was a challenging reference to work on and for me it was the first time drawing water using colored pencils. I have used gamsol solvent to blend the wave section. The BLUE factor was intimidating. But I somehow managed to pull it off. My hands usually shake during drawing because of nervousness while going through minute details. To make my hands still, I used to hold my breathing for a moment. That is why I feel each and every stroke I put on the paper. On a lighter note, I was almost like not breathing during the face forehead and the goggles area. I really enjoyed drawing this piece. A small attempt to capture the vastness of the BLUE.

About Deviprasad Chand

I am a Self taught Artist (Hobbyist) and a Software Engineer by profession. My experience with colored pencils is less than a year. I decided to pick up the pencils again in my life at the age of 24 because of my interest towards the exciting Photo Realistic Art.

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These artworks were published in the March 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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“Drawn to the Wild”– A Solo Exhibition of Drawings

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Ann Kullberg | 1 Comment

by Kate Jenvey

In my hometown of Benalla,  north-east of the state of Victoria, Australia, I am fortunate to have a wonderful regional art gallery that is located on the banks of a picturesque lake. It is home to a wonderful, permanent collection of fine art. The Benalla Art Gallery (pictured above) comes under the directive of the local council and provides a selection of well-lit, roomy spaces to host a variety of visiting exhibitions throughout the year.

In January last year I was granted an exhibition at the gallery and a few weeks later the director made an appointment to visit my studio and discuss the finer details. After perusing my artwork, we decided to make up the exhibition including both color pencil and graphite for a nice cohesive display of at least 24-30 works. This became a very exciting milestone for me as I had not, as yet, had a solo with only drawings, they have always included my paintings. The date was set for early February 2017 and I immediately got to work on planning and developing the concept and structure for the exhibition.

Kate pictured with her artworks titled Vanishing, He Watches Over,
Stride of the Leopard and As the Sun Sets.

Since my childhood, most of which was spent in East Africa, I have been inspired by nature and have always enjoyed being out in the wild, soaking up the sights and sounds of the bush. I find the diversity of birds and animals fascinating and enjoy watching and studying all forms of wildlife. From this background sprung the name for my show, “Drawn to the Wild.”

With the use of my photos, notes and sketches, I developed the concept of each piece, aiming to capture the spirit of each bird and animal as they go about their daily routine. My style is realistic and that is why I enjoy using pencil so much as it slows the creative process down and I can relish each little detail of these gorgeous creatures with my pencil.

I managed to garner a few pieces that I had completed late in the previous year but the bulk of the exhibition was created last year, in 2016. I find I work best if I have numerous pieces on the go at one time. That way if I reach a stale point throughout the day, I can put that one away and start afresh on another piece with renewed energy and insight. After a few days I will pull out the original piece and reassess it with fresh eyes and make adjustments if needed. I worked consistently throughout the year and also had to be mindful to work with my framer and not swamp her with work at the last minute. It became a very full and busy year but I loved working towards my end goal. As the new year of 2017 approached I was on track and had 32 drawings ready for display.

Gold 'n' Sunlight and Gold 'n' Sunset

I have always felt that Mother Nature is the most awesome designer and so I aim to pay homage to her incredible handiwork with my realistic interpretations of her creatures and deviate only with a little artistic expression. The exhibition became a collection of wonderful moments I have witnessed traveling across the globe and I love to share these moments with others. I feel very privileged to have my work hanging in such a gorgeous place and am delighted so many have been to visit the exhibition to enjoy our beautiful wildlife from around the world.

Gold 'n' Sunlight was featured in the Step by Step from the October 2016 issue of COLOR Magazine. Learn more about Kate's process for adding gold leaf to colored pencil art for simply stunning results.

About Kate:

Kate Jenvey SAA, AFC is an artist originally from Kenya, now living in rural Victoria, Australia. A childhood love of drawing has led her now to a full time art career. A lifelong fascination with nature has been her artistic inspiration that she incorporates into her realistic detailed drawings.

See more from Kate at www.katejenvey.com


February Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

I'm always so thrilled by the talent we come across in the colored pencil community. Two artists featured in the February 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase were kind enough to share a little bit more about the pieces we published this month. Enjoy reading! - Ann

Gone Fishin'
by Vickie Lawrence
12" x 18"
Own photo reference

Still life is a relatively new subject for me and lately I find myself in a sentimental frame of mind. I inherited this rod and knew it would be a drawing one day! But how to incorporate it into a still life? I was browsing at a flea market and found these worn, beat up, rusty lures and thought of the rod and the art possibilities!

I used a piece of Kraft Brown Stonehenge paper and Prismacolor pencils. Working the random bits, pieces and crumbs of cork was liberating! It didn't have to be precise, and the paper color did most of the work.

My favorite part of this piece are the eyes on the right lure. One eye is deliberately higher than the other and lends it a comical air! Originally the rod was standing on an old book but I changed it out for a barn board, with more lovely texture!

I learned a lot from this drawing. I use photos because they are convenient, and the light never changes. But in this case, I was able to pick up the pieces for closer inspection and was surprised at how much detail and color my camera was missing, compared to the actual object!

About Vickie:

Vickie is a self taught artist who's career started in 1986 with graphite drawings. She discovered colored pencils in 1994 and it's been her favorite medium ever since. Vickie's subject material includes still life, animals, landscape and florals. She has won awards for her work and exhibits it internationally.

See more from Vickie on her facebook page or by visiting http://www.vickielawrence.ca.


Rock Smorgasbord
by Richard Chester Klekociuk
12" x 17"
Own photo reference
Luminance pencils on Mi-Teintes paper

The second in my current series featuring Australian rocks, this drawing is as much about the colors and patterns to be found on rocks as the variety of three-dimensional shapes of the rocks themselves.

The rocks featured in this drawing come from the shoreline along the NW Tasmanian coast. The variety of rock shapes and patterns in this area is truly amazing, having offered me much "grist for my creative mill" for many years. I have collected, photographed and cataloged a substantial variety for future reference. It’s important to know, understand and appreciate your subject if you want to do it justice on the drawing board.

I often use a variety of pencil brands, but on this occasion I had just completed a series of drawings featuring objects above, on and below the surface of tropical creeks from Far North Queensland, and I was keen to see how the Luminance pencils performed with a different color palette. I wasn’t disappointed. They are such wonderful pencils to work with.

For me, the greatest satisfaction in this drawing has been the opportunity to work with abstract-like patterns. Abstract art has been a passion of mine since my art school days. It’s not often seen in CP art, but I believe that it should be. Nature offers many wonderful examples of abstraction, rocks being one of them.

I write a blog where I discuss a variety of subjects including what I’m currently working on. I invite you to visit it and in particular, my article ‘CORCD’, which I wrote last month.

About Richard:

Richard Klekociuk graduated from the Tasmanian School of Art in 1971 and has been a practicing artist, teacher and art judge for over 40 years. Richard’s art is inspired by the Australian landscape. Mark making, weathering, landscape memory, decay, pattern, color and shape are of particular interest to him.

See more from Richard at http://www.artkleko.com.


These artworks were published in the February 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.

Download the 40 page digital version of the magazine for just $3.89, or subscribe and save 15%. Each issue is packed with step by step projects, critiques, colored pencil tips, artist profiles and much more.

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