The three artists below, featured in the January 2022 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase, share their beautiful artwork and the inspiration behind it here in our blog.
Frog in the Throat Fish in the Mouth by Elizabeth Kincaid
21 x 13.5 inches
Watercolor and colored pencil on Arches watercolor paper
(Artist's own photo)
This was an egret fishing by the shore of a lake in Fairchild Gardens in Miami. I was painting there after teaching a workshop in watercolor. The egret was completely unconcerned as he foraged in the leaves and fished in the lake. Every so often I would stop painting and photograph him.
I painted the water, bird and land first with watercolor, and then layered colored pencil over the top, using Prismacolor and Luminance colored pencils.
The land is an interpretation of the weeds that covered the ground. I painted a pattern of violet and yellow in watercolor, and then drew the weeds with colored pencil. The bird has a base of ultramarine watercolor and then colored pencil indigo over the top, with colored pencil for the beak and fish. The water has a base of yellow, Thalo blue and Hookers green in watercolor with horizontal blues and greens in colored pencil on top.
About Elizabeth Kincaid:
Elizabeth Kincaid has taught watercolor for many years and is the author of Paint Watercolors That Dance With Light. She has shown her work in many galleries coast to coast and works in her home studio in Kirkland WA. She has now fallen in love with colored pencil and is a member of CPSA.
See more at: www.elizabethkincaid.com/
Let There Be Light by Kevin Rogers
16 x 24 inches
Colored pencil on Grafix .005 matte drafting film.
(Photo from pixabay.com/)
One of my little pleasures is letting my eyes wander through country paths and tracks, wondering where they lead and this image from Pixabay was the perfect subject to satiate that desire. When I see light dancing through trees, creating abstract shadows on the textured earth, it stirs the artist in me. These elements combined lead me to my studio to complete this artwork.
This artwork was done on film and was ideally suited to my style. Country scenes like this are plentiful throughout Australia due to its sparsely populated landscapes...one can simply lose and immerse themselves on strolls through our countryside. When I first saw the reference photo, I immediately heard a symphony of birds accompanied by the gentle sound of wind through the tree leaves. There was a feeling of isolation in this image and it just begged to be walked through.
When I am creating an artwork with all the above characteristics, I disappear into the scene and my pencils just follow me in.
About Kevin Rogers:
Kevin has always had an interest in art and photography and since his first win at an art competition at the age of 13 in 1970. Kevin was recognized as a "Master Colour Pencil Artist" (CPCAM) with the Australasian Colour Pencil Society in 2018. Kevin started using colored pencils in 2017 and he has held six solo colored pencil exhibitions.
See more at: www.facebook.com/AHistoricalArtist/
Homesick by Susan Morris
8 x 10 inches
Polychromos, Luminance, Pablo colored pencils, and PanPastel on PastelMat
(Photo by Pilbara Working Dogs; used with permission.)
This sweet fellow is named Saint and tonight is his first night away from his family. So, it is easy to understand why he is feeling sad. We've all been there, whether it is a first night at college, camp, or any other time away from home for the first time.
Saint is one of many Australian Kelpies with an important job to do at Pilbara Working Dogs, a cattle working station located in Western Australia. These trained, talented, and fearless dogs help with moving and managing the cattle herds from the ground. Using words, sounds, etc. the herders let the dogs know what needs to happen and the dogs respond accordingly. Their swift and dependable actions allow the herders to stay at a safe distance away. These four-legged team members are deeply respected and appreciated.
About Susan Morris:
Susan Morris, the artist behind SH Morris Art, loves creating art that tells a story, captures a special moment, or passes along a treasured memory. Her attention to detail and use of color help to create her unique style. Susan's work can be found in homes across the U.S. and Internationally.
See more at: www.facebook.com/shmorrisart
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