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!
Frankie's Bucket by Alison Stokes
12x9 inches, colored pencil on pastelmat
I took the reference photo that this drawing is based on during a long awaited family holiday in Wales last summer. It depicts my youngest grandson, Frankie, enjoying his first proper beach holiday, as he was born just before COVID 19 struck & was unable to participate in many of the 'normal' social learning activities that a toddler would usually experience. I wanted to capture his joy and focus in exploring the seawater, shells and sand with his new bucket. It was so lovely to watch his awe and wonder at the fact that he could refill his bucket every time the waves advanced over his toes. He literally spent hours crouched at the water's edge, watching the tide ebb closer and picking up shells and pebbles that were rolling in with the waves to add to the contents of his bucket. I really enjoyed the process of drawing this piece and recreating that precious memory of such a happy day at the beach. I felt as though it was an easier piece of artwork to complete than some others I have done in the past; perhaps because I had been present with Frankie as he explored, played & giggled, and maybe also because I had taken the photograph myself of this little boy who is very familiar and dear to me. I decide to use sienna pastelmat to add warmth to the colour palette and to enhance the skin tones amidst the cooler tones of the water. It also proved to be a good base for the wet sand colour in contrast to the reflections. I used mostly the soft buttery textured Derwent lightfast pencils, which were perfect for the effect I was trying to achieve, I also added a little bit of green and blue pan pastel into certain areas of the sea to try and create a smooth, dark shade under the crest of the waves. Overall, I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
About Alison Stokes:
Alison is a retired teacher who has rekindled her love of art, following a break of almost 40 years. She studied art to A level at school but didn't have time to pursue her interest once she began teaching and having a family. Alison attends two art groups and enjoys online tutorials and live workshops to develop her coloured pencil skills.
See more at: https://facebook.com/Alistokesart/
Fishing Lesson by Diane Masek-Blow
15x11 inches, colored pencil on Derwent Lightfast paper
My husband's cousin is one of my favorite people in the whole world. He has a huge heart, has raised a lovely family, and is now retired and living his best “grandpa” life. He and his grandson share so many adventures — including ATV riding, camping, hiking, and fishing. This is a drawing of him and his grandson, sharing one of their favorite pastimes in one of their favorite places. I just had to try to capture the joy on grandfather's face, while grandson looks like he just woke up....or he's just humoring grandpa...it could go either way!
About Diane Masek-Blow:
Diane has been drawing as long as she can remember, mostly in graphite. Art took a backseat as she pursued a career in Medical Technology. She rediscovered her love for drawing shortly before she retired. Diane is attracted to scenes that tell a story, and draws from nature and architecture as well as portraits.
See more at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/diane-masek-blow
The Great Egret by Elyse Kent
9x12 inches, colored pencil on Dura-Lar Drafting Film
I was taken by the movement and shadows in this particular photo. The photographer, Tim Comeaux, is a member of Free Reference Photos for Artists on Facebook and has taken a series of photos of these astounding creatures. The Great Egret Is a most magnificent, graceful bird that I have so enjoyed watching over the years. I have only been working in colored pencils for about one year and I believe this was my third piece on drafting film. I love the vibrancy, depth and dimension I am able to accomplish with the double matte film.
About Elyse Kent:
Elyse is a self-taught artist originally working in Acrylics, painting Barn Quilts. It wasn't long before she wondered just what she could create using colored pencils, and create....she has!
See more at: https://www.facebook.com/elyse.hope.kent
Fun and Games by Pat Carnett
8x10 inches, colored pencil on Pastel Bord
As an avid game player, it was a natural step to pull down these games and View Master to assemble with those items I hoarded from my youth to create this still life. Edit out a large number of games, add a little funny paper, include the blocks and Fun and Games was ready to come alive. It was a nostalgic walk down memory lane as I worked on this piece. Fond memories always make creating enjoyable. As work proceeded the world closed its doors. Feeling the anxiousness of the world around me I withdrew, as many fellow artists did, and ceased working on my artwork. As the world adjusts to our new normal, I picked up my pencils again with renewed enthusiasm for creating. Fun and Games patiently held its place on my drawing board waiting to be completed. I'm happy to say that day came in May 2022.
About Pat Carnett:
Pat's journey in art began before kindergarten. Drawing in the dirt, on random scraps of paper and even sometimes the walls of her home, she was always interested in drawing and color. It seems the term artist would define her. Always learning and growing, seeking to improve as an artist, Pat continues to learn and grow.
These artworks are published in the AUGUST 2022 issue of COLOR Magazine.
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