November 2023 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

November 2023 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

The three artists featured in the November 2023 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase share the stories behind their beautiful artwork here in our blog. 

Rain Delay by Pamela Clements
20 x 16 inches
Prismacolor colored pencils and graphite on Canson Classic Cream 90#. Artist’s own photo.

I waited out the morning rain for my daily walk and discovered the elegance of raindrops on hostas right outside my door. Raindrops on just about anything will get my attention, but when the rain has barely stopped and nature is saturated, I grab my camera.

I love this composition of the green heart-shaped leaves with the subtle surface undulations and color nuances emphasized by light and covered by glistening raindrops. These large green leaves complement any summer garden and are a favorite for both gardeners and artists. The leaves may also provide a brief shelter from weather for the smaller creatures such as this butterfly. I like to think he agreed with me for a brief moment, long enough for his closeup.

About Pamela Clements:

Colored pencil artist Pamela Clements takes inspiration for her artworks from her lifelong love of walking through nature, specifically the woods. Natural still life artworks composed of textures, colors, and shapes continue to intrigue her while also visually studying the changes of time, seasons, and weather of nature’s serenity.

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Beach Boys Jeanne Bogar
14 x 10 inches
Prismacolor pencils on Stonehenge paper. Artist’s own photo.

Joyous memories were made on beach vacations with my children in their younger years. During one of the trips my boys took some time to bury each other in the soft, smooth sand on the beautiful beach. Capturing the simple, relatable moment brings me a tender happiness.

Creating the contrast in this artwork and other projects involving deep shadows and bright sunlight are always a goal for me. It was also fun to experiment with techniques adding speckles of sand by rubbing the colored pencil on sandpaper over the artwork and securing the small pieces of pencil with fixative.

After completion, fellow colored pencil artists encouraged me to enter “Beach Boys” into the 23rd Annual CPSA International Exhibition. It was juried into the respected exhibit in 2015. The happy image now hangs in my home bringing me daily joy.

About Jeanne Bogar:

Jeanne Bogar is an artist who discovered the layering and blending techniques of colored pencil ten years ago. She applies these processes to create highly realistic artwork. She has been accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America International exhibit numerous times, and she earned her signature status in 2020.

Cherries by Paco Martín
8.7 x 5.9 inches
Caran d'Ache Luminance, Museum, Prismacolor, Derwent Lightfast on Fabriano Cold Press paper mounted on Ampersand Claybord.
(Artists own concept/en pleine air).

I have always liked drawing everyday objects. I like to bring to light the beauty they hide. I have also always enjoyed capturing nature. My first works with colored pencils were always botanical: mushrooms, fruits, medicinal plants. I still feel I have a lot of challenges ahead, always trying to capture the delicacy of everyday life.

Personally speaking, I love red, drops, reflections, water and most of the time, black backgrounds. So, when I came across this photo, I fell in love with it.

This drawing is very special to me because I used it to teach an online workshop with my fellow CP artists of the CPSA Memphis, TN Chapter. I have such good memories of that moment.

About Paco Martín:

Paco Martín has been passionate about colored pencils since he was a child. For the past eight years he has been working as a professional instructor, teaching workshops in Spain and abroad. He’s experimented with shapes, volume, texture and composition to recreate the harmonious beauty of everyday objects, which in turn have become a sheer art form to express with.

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These artworks were published in the November 2023 issue of COLOR Magazine.

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