The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - April 2017

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - April 2017

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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