The three artists featured in the October 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. In their posts below, each artist shares their inspiration for their beautiful art.
HomeSpun CowGirl by Cheryl Caro
18 x 24 inches
Faber Castell Polychromos, Luminance, Derwent ProColour, Derwent LightFast, and Pablo Caran d'Ache colored pencils on smooth Bristol (artist’s own photo.)
Homespun CowGirl is a portrait of my sister, representing her journey from city girl to cowgirl. Her pride is reflected in her eyes as she gazes upon her home and land that she and her late husband built together. It was on her land that she learned to ride horses, construct a three stall barn with her husband, pull barb wire fencing, ride their tractor, and even stand in the tractor's bucket to trim their numerous trees. It was on her property that she shared many quiet evenings sitting on the porch discussing the day's work with her husband. Her love for her land and her cherished memories had me wanting to draw her because she truly is an inspiration to me. She doesn't wear fancy clothing, nor get her nails polished or her hair perfectly styled, but she has lived and loved more than many. A woman with true grit. My Homespun CowGirl sister.
About Cheryl Caro:
Cheryl Caro started drawing with colored pencils in 2013 to draw her Basset hounds. Since then, she has become fascinated with drawing people and capturing their expressions while trying to convey an emotion.
See more at: cherylcaroart.com/
Wet N Wild Grizzly by Doris Woodruff
16 x 18 inches
Faber Castell watercolor pencils on Pastelmat (artist’s own photo.)
I loved seeing the grizzlies play in their "river" on one of our many zoofaris! Animals do the most amazing things if you spend time watching them and are quite the challenge to photograph.We return to the same zoos often and see many different animals and activities going on every time! I think it is much more meaningful to paint an animal when I have spent time watching their many antics!
I had never tried to paint water of any kind nor an animal, or used watercolor pencils, so this is a first on many counts. In photographing and painting animals from our zoofari trips, I have become more interested in so many animals which I had no idea were in danger of extinction. We lose the animals, we lose ourselves and our connection to land and life!
About Doris Woodruff:
Doris Woodruff began painting many years ago and has painted in acrylics, oils, watercolor, pastels, and now her new love colored pencils. Art is a form of relaxation but also a progressive interest in the world around her. It is the best way to really "see" the world and gives hours and years of enjoyment both doing art and learning.
Nuba, Egypt by Galal Ramadan
23 x 36 inches
Prismacolor Premier, Faber-Castell GoldFaber colored pencils and white SupraColor dry on Stonehenge white 120lb. printmaking paper (photo by Ziad Abdelbasit).
I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. Nuba, located south of Aswan, right along the border with Sudan, is a land of secrets; a land that bears the charm of the past with a slight modern touch. It is a land whose people are a constant reminder of legends of the past, stories of our ancestors, Nubians' traditions, modest lives and welcoming hearts welcome anyone. A land that will both enchant and intrigue anyone at the same time.
Nubia consists of many islands in the Nile. Nubian families inhabit these islands. However most of these families had to leave their home islands to new places after the Nasser Dam was built and the water flooded their homes. When you travel to El Nuba (as we call it in Arabic), it is highly recommended that you visit most of the islands, as each of them will have a different story to tell.
About Galal Ramadan:
Galal Ramadan is a self-employed graphic designer and marketer. He is an award-winning self-taught colored pencil artist. He was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt and now resides in Boca Raton, FL. He has participated in numerous solo and juried national and international exhibitions and has taught colored pencil classes and workshops at several locations.
See more at: facebook.com/galal.ramadan.9003
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