The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - June 2021

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - June 2021

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 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!

A Timeless Love by Cassie Miller
25.5 X 19.5 inches, Canson Mi Teintes.

This was drawn from a photo portrait done for our 30th anniversary, this portrait was inspired by my favorite TV series, Outlander. When I told Jeff I bought him a ruffled shirt for the photo shoot, he said “Great, I’m going to look like a member of the Partridge family.” My husband always makes me laugh. My dear friend Raisin Carter from Raisin's imagination Photography, took and gave me permission for the use of this photo. My husband Jeff was a great sport doing this for me. So now, I drew this for us for our now 32 anniversary. Happy Anniversary Babe.

About Cassie Miller:

Cassie Miller has been a colored pencil artist since 2016. She loves the versatility & control she has with colored pencil. Her love for colored pencils has developed into a part-time business. Cassie is a full time hairstylist of 38 years, a wife to Jeff, and mother to Hannah.

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The Sunday Gathering by Vera Susan Chamlee
24 x 18 inches, Artist Wrapped Canvas

I love to draw flowers. They have been easily accessible during Covid for me to photograph. One Sunday, after parking lot church, we went to the Chattanooga Open Market. My husband bought me the most beautiful bouquet. On the ride home the sunlight through the car windows presented some lighting for photos of the bouquet. This is the third painting from the same glorious bouquet. The bouquet has kept on giving joy hopefully to viewers of my work as well as to me. This particular drawing is on canvas. It takes a lot of work and pencil to cover the canvas and maintain a pencil look to the painting.

About Vera Susan Chamlee:

Vera Susan Chamlee has been an artist since being able to hold a crayon. It is a God given talent. At this time Susan is concentrating on florals with pencils on canvas.

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Unconditional by Pat Lentine Cpsa, CPC
7" x 9.5", UArt paper

This drawing was done from a photo of my niece and great nephew. I was drawn to the relationship between mother and child. I tried to capture the sweet soft expression on the child and the special unconditional feeling of love that a mother has for her child. I usually try to make my pencil drawings look like a painting. I build the drawing using many layers of pencil. I then blend first with brushes and then using the Icarus board. I repeat this process of layering, brushing and blending with the Icarus board many times over until I am satisfied.

About Pat Lentine:

Pat Lentine is originally from the Chicago area, but has lived in Florida since 1987. She teaches acrylic, colored pencil, watercolor, and oil, having taught all levels of artists since 1991. She is now teaching with Zoom. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America..

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Bear by Susan Morris
8x10 inches, Pastelmat.

Bear belongs to a friend of mine. He is a very sweet, gentle, and loyal soul with the most amazing amber eyes. Capturing his unique eye color was one of my primary goals while working on this project. I started with light yellow tones and added oranges and burnt sienna until I had the exact blend I was trying to create. I used a light base of pan pastels to start and then covered with Polychromos, Pablos, Luminance, and Prismacolor colored pencils. I went outside my normal color comfort zone and used some black cherry in the dark fur and oranges in the fur around his face. I also used a slice tool to work in the fur detail. I really enjoyed this piece. On to the next...

About Susan Morris:

Susan Morris loves creating art that tells a story, captures a special moment, or passes along a treasured memory. Her attention to detail and use of color help to create her unique style. Susan's work can be found in homes across the US and Internationally.

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These artworks are published in the JUNE 2021 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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