Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR Magazine, The 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 FB group links at the bottom of this post. Call for entry is posted every month in participating Facebook groups - join in the fun and your artwork could be featured, too!
Love by Laura Cormier
8x10 inches, colored pencil on Strathmore Velum
This painting is my sister and our 94-year-old dad (aka Papa Joe). He was a gentle, loving and sensitive man. She is wearing our dear deceased mom's birthstone ring which holds 13 stones representing each of her children. My sister is going through a health issue, so I did this piece for her as a way to show her that all of her family is holding her hand. I loved adding the birthstone colors for each of my siblings and especially enjoyed drawing in dad's life lines on his hand. Hands tell so many stories.
About Laura Cormier:
Laura started working with colored pencils as a result of Covid lockdowns. She loves drawing portraits and hands as she feels a spiritual connection to these subjects. She enjoys seeing peoples reactions when they realize her work is done in colored pencil!
Leap of Faith by Nancy Honaker
10x13.5 inches, colored pencil on Pastel Mat
We used to love panning for gold when my son was younger. We never really found anything, but it didn't matter as it was all about “treasure hunting” in the rivers and spending fun weekends with the family. I captured this picture of my son leaping into his dad's arms with complete trust, knowing his dad would always be there to catch him.
About Nancy Honaker:
Nancy graduated with a fine arts degree, but life led her in different directions for years. After many years in CA working in the film industry, Nancy moved back to her hometown in Ohio and began selling whimsical art with her sister. This rekindled her spirit for getting back into fine art, and she discovered the joy of colored pencil.
See more at: https://www.nehonakerart.com
Queen of Hearts by Paulette Morrissey
11x14 inches, colored pencil on Strathmore Bristol Vellum
I photographed these little figurines in an unusual tourist attraction in Wisconsin, called House on the Rock. The rooms in this attraction are lopsided, endless and incredibly neglected, but there are obscure little treasures to be discovered around every corner. I think I took over 400 photos while wandering around that day. These particular little figurines were a bit dusty and badly lit, but I kept returning to them for another look, and knew after the third look that I needed to draw them. They are part of a larger scene, but most of the other figurines were in much darker shadows. I did the entire drawing with a red pencil before adding any color, taking the idea from oil paint masters who used the grisaille technique. It was a very interesting experiment that I will be repeating, including more odd little figurines from this same place.
About Paulette Morrissey:
Creating art from ordinary objects and turning them into something worthy of a frame and a space on a wall is what Paulette Morrissey strives for in her work. She enjoys taking something most people wouldn't give a second glance, and transforming the object with simple colored pencils and a piece of paper. For Paulette, that is the joy of art.
See more at: https://www.paulettemorrissey.com
Girl on a Swing by Susan Grimm
10x14 inches, colored pencil on drafting film
This picture just warms my heart because her grandfather was pushing her on a swing for the first time in this neighborhood park. Her hands and white knuckles gripping the metal chains show her concern for the new adventure. Her colorful outfit that I'm told she picked out herself sheds light on the mind of a two-year-old. The textures in her striped hat, her fall sweater, her bright yellow shirt and printed pants made it an interesting composition to capture. Finally, the barren trees in the background during this Fall day, and the smooth texture of the cork beneath her swing added to this composition.
About Susan Grimm:
Sue Grimm is from Wooster, Ohio; a small college town Southwest of Cleveland. She started drawing at a young age while taking art classes on Saturday mornings. Fast-forward 30 years as a young mother, Sue took up colored pencil classes once again. After honing her skills from many workshops, Sue enjoys drawing pets, portraits and antique cars.
See more at: http://suegrimmart.com/
These artworks are published in the APRIL 2022 issue of COLOR Magazine.
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