June 2017 Featured Artists. 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 links at the bottom of this post for our Facebook group partners - join in the fun and your artwork could be featured, too!
11" x 16"
Colored pencil on canvas
I love the interaction between these two sisters, playful yet serious. The look in her
eyes just stops you in your tracks. As a portrait artist I love capturing emotion,
especially in the eyes, of who ever or what ever I am painting.
I first stumbled onto color pencils as a medium about a year and a half ago, and it was love at first sight. Though I work in many mediums, color pencil is by far my favorite!
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Julianna by Alison Philpott
8" x 10"
Prismacolor on Strathmore Bristol Smooth
The composition and light are beautiful in the original reference photo. So much so
that I read the entire story and was so compelled to draw her that I tracked down the
photographer who lives in Uganda and asked for permission to draw her photo.
Julianna's story is a compelling one of hardship, strength and joy. She was married at
13 to a 40 year old, had 5 children and was widowed at 25. Circumstances were very
hard as strangers claiming to be family tried to evict her and take her farm. For decades she struggled to keep her livelihood and home intact. Eventually, International Justice Mission was involved and proved that her husband had a will leaving the entire farm to her alone.
At age 75 She remains there today, in peace with her family. Her story is part of great changes happening for the protection of widows in Uganda.
I defied every instructor I had all through school when presented with giant sheets of
newsprint and a chunk of charcoal. "Draw with your whole arm" they'd say "Use the
whole page." Ha, not likely, I wanted to focus in on the detail. And still do!
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10" x 8"
Colored pencil on paper
I was inspired to draw this piece as Mothering Sunday was approaching and I felt it
depicted a mother's love for her children. It was especially apt for me as there are five
cygnets and I come from a family of five siblings. I have secretly decided which one is
each of my brothers and sisters, naturally I'm the cute one! I was in two minds as to whether I should go ahead with the drawing as the reference photo was very dark and grey. The title of the work seemed an obvious choice after using so many different shades of grey!
I enjoyed art at school but I've been too busy with my career and family and hadn't
picked up a pencil for 33 years. To help me to cope with the anxiety of being bullied, I found solace in drawing pets initially and then other animals.
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12" x 18"
Prismacolor & Luminance pencils on Stonehenge paper
(using the Icarus Painting Board)
My drawing brings back fond memories for me of a day I spent in Orvieto with friends.
My husband couldn’t join us, but was added to my drawing as the wanderer. I took my reference photo just before leaving Orvieto. I hope that through the details in my work the viewer also feels like they're wandering down the streets of this charming Italian town.
Shortly after graduating with a B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology, Caryn
began working in colored pencils. Her realistic paintings are inspired by the world
around her. Caryn’s award-winning work has been featured in numerous art
publications and exhibitions and can be found in private and corporate collections.
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These artworks were published in the June 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.
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