The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - August 2019

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

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!

The Kitten and the Butterfly by Sema Martin
(A3) 16.5 x 11.7 inches, Pan Pastel, Polychromos, and Luminance on Winsor & Newton Extra Smooth Bristol Board

Welcoming the Spring of 2019, this drawing is created from pure imagination and love of spring. The warm tones and bright daffodils show the warm spring day. The new kitten seeing a butterfly for the first time among newly bloomed daffodils in a Welsh country garden. I wanted to convey the connections between the two species discovering each other. The kitten, being completely consumed by amazement and curiosity at the sight of another living creature unlike himself. Nothing else matters, only this moment. I was inspired by the newness of spring and the surrounding Welsh countryside I live in. This spring image will be one of four produced this year, one for every season.

About Sema:

Entirely self-taught, Sema Martin made the leap from a NASA Engineer to Fine Art Artist in 2016. Her love of nature and wildlife brought her to the Welsh countryside where she now has a studio in the heart of the Brecon Beacons and a thriving International Pet Portrait Business.

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Air Force Air Advisor – Afghanistan by Chere Jackson
8"x10" Prismacolor on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper. Reference provided by the subject (Michael B. Jackson) and used with permission.

Most of my pieces have been completed with specific people in mind because I find that the most joy and satisfaction for me comes from creating something meaningful to a specific person. This piece is no different in that I wanted to draw something that would honor my husband for the sacrifices he makes on a daily basis for our family and our country. He has served over 20 years in the United States Air Force and will be retiring from active duty service in December. This portrait was done to commemorate one of the most exciting and dangerous moments in his military career and to celebrate his retirement at the end of this year.

About Chere:

Chere Anne Jackson is an emerging artist from the United States, best known for subject matter that reflects a certain richness in color, dramatic angle, or intriguing light. She captures the beauty, mystery, and humor of everyday life and allowing it to resonate through each new piece. . 

Chins Up by Pamela Clements
10" x 8", Prismacolor and Verithin pencils on light grey pastelmat. Client’s photos used with permission.

Did you know that chinchillas have the densest fur of any mammal living on land? Otters hold the prize for water mammals. A little research done on the new subject of my latest pet portrait revealed numerous enlightening details and better understanding. Meet Teddy and Gwen, two beloved pet chinchillas commissioned as a graduation pet portrait for a friend of my son. The challenge of capturing personalities of a pet with the unique characteristics of a chinchilla differs greatly from the more familiar cat or dog portraits. Putting Teddy and Gwen together allowed two different viewpoints which help define the chinchilla while also hinting at the personality underneath all that velvety fur. I further individualized the two by using primarily warm grays for Teddy and a cool grays for Gwen giving each their own specialized fur coat. I used to tell my students that pets should be petted, meaning fur covered and no scales or leather skin which students love to counter with their numerous stories of snakes, lizards and turtles. Teddy and Gwen would prove my point, I think, much to their delight and mine.

About Pamela:

Pamela Clements retired from teaching K-8 art in 2018 returning full time to her lifelong love of drawing. Camera in hand, she walks the woods, state and local parks to discover the numerous subjects of her nature still life's and the love of animals in her pet portraits.

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Proud and Independent by Anja Fuhrbach
11x15 inches, Prismacolor on Clairefontaine Pastelmat800

This was our first Saluki "Kohaylan", who came to us when I was 16 years old, and who changed my life completely in several ways. One point is that he was the reason why I started drawing. The reference photo for this portrait was taken by me in 1991. I always delayed drawing it because it was so special for me. It shows his aloof and snobbish character perfectly, which it is typical for Salukis, the breed standard for these very independent and reserved sighthounds says: "The expression should be dignified and gentle with faithful and farseeing eyes." For many years, I knew that I could not draw good enough to do him justice. He had a very special character and such beautiful coat colors. Now finally, after gaining enough practice and changing the light situation from a cold winter scenery to a very natural, classic portrait look which shows his real colors better, I finally was confident enough to start this artwork. In the end, I am happy with the result. It’s been worth the wait.

About Anja:

Anja is a german artist and the owner of the colored pencil shop (
Her favorite theme are animals, she loves to draw them, developing their expression and character with careful, gentle strokes and she is fascinated by the detail that can be achieved with colored pencils.

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These artworks are published in the AUGUST 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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Allusive Expressionism

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 1 Comment

by Elena Adam

I am absolutely sure that everything in life comes to me at the best time, at the best place and in the best way. Colored pencils definitely did! They found me one day and became my favorite media. Since I am a self-taught artist, I am learning something new every day, trying different techniques, paper, tools, and ways, workshops, tutorials, and practice. I love to combine different things and media. Sometimes work goes straight to the trash can. Sometimes it wins award. Any time it’s a precious experience.

Every year I participate in four annual shows of my local art club, Artists’ Society of Dearborn, Michigan (I am also a web master and social media chair for the club), and also in two shows a year of Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. My colored pencils pieces won several awards and honorable mentions, and that makes me more and more interested in the ways of working with this amazing medium.

I love a strong outline, what probably comes from illustrating the children’s books, so I often use an ink with my colored pencils. At the same time I love to create the softness of human faces with pencils. 

I think colored pencils are the best medium for the portraits. I love to experiment and call my style an “Allusive Expressionism.”

Even if the piece I started supposed to be realistic, it would come out the way that people would say “it’s definitely yours”. Stylization comes by itself; I don’t try to stylize my works on purpose. That’s probably how I see things. Each piece has mind of its own. Because I strongly believe that any art work has a birth moment somewhere in Universe and has its own life from that second when I touch the paper with the pencil. I just help it to start.

11x14", Prismacolor and Derwent watercolor pencils on Strathmore mixed media paper. Honorable mention at ASD Fall show in 2016. Original is in private gallery in Israel.

Making “Music” was incredible. It’s a portrait of my best friend’s daughter, who is 16 and plays guitar. I wanted to combine her soft eyes and face with something very strong and energetic. Like sounds of the famous guitar piece, “Alhambra,” the portrait needed to be quiet and loud at the same time, giving the feeling of movement. I was lucky that Michelle was curly, that gave me the possibility to show a movement using her hair. To add to this feeling of flying sounds of music I decided to bend the guitar itself. I used Derwent watercolor pencils for the background, hair and guitar and Prismacolor for Michelle’s face. The work was sent to Michelle as a birthday gift. It was framed and packed well. The package was very badly damaged on its way to Israel, but the painting itself arrived safe.

Over the Head
11"x14", Prismacolor and ink on Strathmore tan toned paper, 2018.

I have two Scottish terriers that own me and rule the house. Even if I don’t intend, once in a while Scotties appear in my drawing. “Over the Head” piece was done for a themed challenge in our local art society. I decided to show somebody’s thoughts, which fly over the head and don’t give that person a rest. I planted her thoughts on her hat, and you can see that she thinks about Scottish terrier. Of course. Tan Toned Strathmore mixed media paper dimmed the colors down a little, I loved the effect of “the painting that painted itself”, because I used the toned paper for the first time with Prismas and had no idea how the color would change.

Good Evening
11"x14", Prismacolor pencils and ink on Strathmore tan toned paper. Second place at Artists' Society of Dearborn, MI Show, 2018, works on paper category.

The same effect I used making “Good evening”. The brightness of some colors came a tone down bringing me the possibility to show the evening color of the forest more easily. The heroine of the painting is imaginary person, some Crazy Scottie Lady, funny and creative as any human trained by a Scottish terrier. The work won an award at the local show and went to the new home to the Scottish terrier breeder, where a lot of dogs live and every evening is good.

Sometimes the subjects of my works come by themselves, I think of something, the face that fascinated me or color of the eyes, or dog’s pose, and the image follows me for a little, then asks to put it on the paper. Sometimes the piece of paper could tell me what to do on it, that’s happens very often. The color of the paper, its texture, how the hand feels it by touch.

Except for commissioned portraits I never use photo references.

I love to think of my art works as of the windows to different worlds. You can just pass by. Or stop and look, and get amazed by those worlds with me.

About Elena:

Elena Adam was born in Sumgait, Azerbaijan. A graduate from Moscow State University she has worked as an editor and writer. In 2001, Elena moved to United States where she decided to follow her dream and become an artist. She works as a fine artist and illustrates the children's books. She is a member of Artists' Society of Dearborn, Detroit Society of Women Sculptors and Painters and Colored Pencils Society of America. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two Scottish terriers.

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July 2019 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on June 30, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

The three beautiful works of art below are featured in the July 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase section. Here in the blog, each of the artists shares the story and inspiration behind their artwork. Enjoy!

Embracing All Colours 
by Silvia D'Almeida
16.53 x 11.69 inches
Polychromos, Caran d'Ache Luminance and Pablo pencils, Zest-it, Derwent blender pen, blue and red pan pastels for the background on Pastelmat. (Photo by Sheldon Rego. Used with permission.)

Embracing All Colours is a portrait of my brother from his picture taken on Holi, a festival of colors celebrated in India. During Holi, people come together and play by smearing each other with colors and, as my colleague says, when covered with Holi colors everyone looks the same.

As we were preparing for Holi this year, news came of a shocking terror attack. Many innocent lives were lost due to discrimination against a race. When will we realize that we are all the same, just different parts of nature’s rainbow on earth?

I wanted to draw a picture about Holi, not just for the vibrant colors but to show how we are all the same and spread the message of peace. When my brother video-called me, his face covered with colors, I knew I had found my reference picture. Through his portrait I have tried to convey a message of peace and harmony. Though we are all different in race, color and creed, we are all still the same. So, embrace all the colors. Stand united, stand strong.

About Silvia D'Almeida:

From sketching a scene of a shoemaker and elves in third grade to drawing portraits from life as a teenager, Silvia always loved drawing but never pursued art as a career. Decades later, she picked up the pencils again and has never looked back. She has been working with colored pencils for the past two years and accepts portrait commissions.

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by Victoria Manser
14 x 11 inches
Colored pencil on Clairefontaine Pastelmat. (Artist’s own photo.)

The image for this artwork was captured during a visit to the British Wildlife Centre and features a rather shy, elderly vixen who had been injured as a youngster and then rescued by the Centre. She had been coaxed into view with a few tasty snacks but didn't want to hang around too long. She began to retreat to safety, pausing to glance back over her shoulder at us. It was a fabulous shot and I knew the second I took it that it was going to end up on my drawing board.

I loved the curve that the fox's body makes, with that gorgeous brush taking center stage. Using PanPastels, I kept the background simple to keep the focus fully on the fox, and placed her on the page with a soft shadow. Her foxy red fur was a joy to create and inspired me to create many more wildlife subjects.

About Victoria Manser:

Victoria is an award winning UK based artist specializing in equine and wildlife art and working predominantly in colored pencil. She exhibits regularly with several societies and art groups, and has been published in a number of art magazines. Victoria offers a commission service and also teaches colored pencil art in the New Forest.

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A Collection of Seashells 
by Mary Jones Easley
16 x 29 inches
Watercolor and Prismacolor Pencils on Strathmore Watercolor Board. (Artist’s own photo.)

I have always found peace of mind walking the beach, searching the sand for shells, agates, and wood that has been worn by the surf. I am able to forget the stress of the day and get lost in the moment. This painting is a reminder of the joy I experience when at the coast. I assembled the still life to work from; it's a collection of shells and pebbles that contain my favorite colors and surfaces that I find pleasing.

After drawing the composition, I start with a layer of paint which establishes the darks and general color scheme. Most of the work is then done with colored pencils. I’ve been told I have an identifiable style. I love the way color interacts and feel my knowledge of color is a strength in my work. Working as an ink and paint artist was very valuable in developing my line work.

About Mary Jones Easley:

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mary Jones Easley received her BFA from Herron School of Art. She was a freelance Ink and paint and color key artist for numerous animation studios while living in California. She now resides in Seattle, Washington. Mary's work hangs in private collections and has been shown in galleries across the country.

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These artworks were published in the July 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - July 2019

Posted on June 30, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

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!

Moon Moth in the Vineyard by Nancy Jacey
18"x28," Prismacolor on Crescent cold-pressed illustration board

My passion for art is capturing the color, beauty and detail of nature and our surroundings. My work depicts how I view the small things that we see every day that are often overlooked and transforms them in to larger-than-life paintings and drawings. This piece, “Moon Moth in the Vineyard,” is inspired by the grape vines that grow at our family vineyard. Normally my subject matter is depicted in daytime settings, so this was a fun and challenging study of how color is reflected and perceived in the moonlight. This piece is completed using 100% Prismacolor pencil over a 3 month period of time; no solvents were used.

About Nancy:

Nancy graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she received her BFA in Studio Art. She later studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design, earning her MFA in Illustration. 

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Tufted Coquette by Dianne Muth
9x12 inches, Polychromos on Grafix 0.05 Matte Drafting Film. Photo used with permission from Nicholas Bray - Zoothera

This Tufted Coquette is a rare Hummingbird species whose friendly presence flits about at the edges of tropical forests, plantations, and savannas in South America. It is so tiny it's often mistaken for a large bee! Another name for this bird is the Splendid Coquette, and truly what a marvel of splendid colors and intricate detail it is! The extraordinary photo caught both my eye as an artist, and my heart. As a young girl growing up in Australia, beautiful exotic birds graced us with their presence on an everyday basis. The sunrise brought with it a chorus from laughing Kookaburras, charming ringing of Bell Birds, and the complex warbling of Magpies, while flashes of bright color announced bountiful flocks of Lorikeets had arrived at nearby feeders for breakfast. Like so many from my homeland, these birds are a precious part of my most sacred memories. The opportunity to portray this glorious Coquette was a soothing balm to my soul, and I hope it serves to bless your hearts with even more wonder at this beautiful natural world we live in.

About Dianne:

Dianne, from an early age, has viewed the world through a lens of love and wonder. She's worked hard caring for her family through both trials & joys. Now, finally free to pursue her own dreams in retirement, she loves to bring her passion for imagination and color to paper.

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Majestic Stone by Gem Thompson
9x12 inches, Pan Pastel and colored pencil on Clairefontaine Pastelmat

Majestic Stone is a UK based racehorse who is owned by a syndicate. One of his owners commissioned me to produce this piece as a present for his wife's birthday.
In the reference image the horse was wearing a large sheepskin nose band cover which I was requested to remove for the portrait due to it covering much of his face detracting from his beauty. This proved somewhat of a challenge as I had to invent the facial features that had been obscured by the nose band. This is the first occasion I have used a black background for a drawing but due to the horses rich color and shiny coat, plus the heavy shadows in the reference image I think it worked really well and I am very pleased with the result.

About Gem:

Gem is a self-taught artist working from her Yorkshire home in the UK. She predominantly produces commissioned pet portraits alongside creating original wildlife pieces when time allows. Gem currently balances her artwork with a full time day job, though dreams of eventually making her living through drawing.

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The Music Makers by Lesley Martyn
A5 (8" x 6"), Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d'Ache Pablos on Canson Mi Tientes 

This drawing has special meaning to me as I come from a very musical family. My grandfather played Cello, founded the Leeds XXV String orchestra in the UK in the early 1900s, then went on to Rhodesia where he founded the Bulawayo Philharmonic Orchestra and was the conductor for many years. On retirement and well into his 90's he was the librarian at the Academy of Music in Bulawayo. The library has been named in his honor. My grandmother played the violin and viola ,my mum and brother played the cello and I played the piano! We were always surrounded by sheets of music!!.

About Lesley:

Lesley Martyn started drawing in November 2017 when a local artist offered classes demonstrating his technique in graphite. From there she discovered the world of colored pencils and followed artists Karen Hull and Lisa Ann Watkins, joined the CPCAU where she is now the Secretary and has started doing commissions.

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These artworks are published in the JULY 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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How Art, Nature and Colored Pencil Can Heal!

Posted on June 21, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 1 Comment

by Galal Ramadan

I suffered all my life from Bipolar disorder which is a mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression. Despite the mood extremes, people with bipolar disorder often don't recognize how much their emotional instability disrupts their lives and the lives of their loved ones and don't get the treatment they need. I was misdiagnosed and mistreated many times. I enjoyed the feelings of euphoria and cycles of being more productive. However, this euphoria is always followed by an emotional crash that caused me depression, worn out — and sometimes in financial, legal and relationship trouble. And, my persuasion of art was no exception. What made the matter worse is in my youth the public schools in my home country did not have the resources to support art classes for young kids. Art was considered a luxury. As a youth I worked in various unrelated artistic jobs, but I did some sketching, en plein air oil and gouache and I participated in a few group exhibitions.

When I was very young, perhaps four or five years old, I used to surprise my older brother with my work. While he painted in oil and water colors, I would sit on the floor with a sheet of construction paper and pencil on my lap and draw what he was painting.

My lovely daughter Sara by Galal Ramadan
16 1/2" x 19" Prismacolor and Faber-Castell GoldFaber on Pastelmat

In 1985, I immigrated to the USA to start a new life and settled in New York. There I pursued a college degree in commercial art, and worked for Hallmarks Nameplates of Farmingdale, NY. I enjoyed mixing ink for the silkscreen presses for new runs, and matching the colors to the original runs. I soon became known for doing so with great accuracy. Happy customers make for a happy boss, and I was promoted to production supervisor. I started my family and my responsibilities have grown as well as my ambition.

In 1988, I saw an opportunity to work at the largest newspaper in the Tampa Bay, FL, area. There I was a graphic artist, designing customers’ ads and newspaper layouts. While working at the newspaper I started my own graphic art and marketing business. This experience sharpened my eye for detail, but also taught me to work under extreme deadlines.

Tulips Blossom by Galal Ramadan 
19" x 13 1/2" Prismacolor and Faber-Castell GoldFaber on Fabriano Artistico paper

I worked with some of the leading health insurance providers in the state marketing and management teams to establish the foundation of market plans and strategy, getting the approval of the health plans by obtaining state and federal licenses and launching ad campaigns and establish regional and satellite offices.

Until the 1980s graphic designers presented their customers with proof sketches done by hand, using colored pencils or markers. Illustrations made up some of the design concepts, and other artwork was hand drawn and scanned to be included in the overall design. With the introduction of Mac computers, artists gradually began transitioning from drawing and painting to computer-generated images. I followed that trend and became adept in the use of computers for graphic arts projects.

In 2015, after retirement, my desire for fine art sparkled in me again. I did not know how to start and I was inspired by the beautiful work of the members of Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). I decided to try colored pencils and I bought a small set of Prismacolor. Immediately I fell in love with them and started self-taught colored pencil art and techniques.

It was a game change in my life and healing. I felt alive like never before and entering another world but it is more real.

With the beginning of expressing my emotions through building images’ details in photo-realistic style I discovered my inner voice and the connection with my deepest feelings and emotions. Expressing them through color, form and shape and texture releases their hold on me, clearing the way for healing. It relaxes and quiets my overworked and unbalanced brain, significantly lessens my stress, and helps me to stay focused. This has been an absolute awakening.

My work reveals my fascination of nature and culture matters and appreciation of the basic elements of art and life. My future goals are not only to master colored pencils the techniques but also to create my own style. Colored pencils allowed me to achieve practically any desired effect.

Egypt: History and Culture I by Galal Ramadan 
17 1/2" x 26" Prismacolor and Faber-Castell GoldFaber on Stonehenge paper

I have to love my subject matter before painting them. I started to make a series of paintings related to the Egyptian history and culture. My reference photos are a combination of my own and other professional photographers’ using them to start my composition.

My artwork “Egypt, History & Culture” was awarded 3rd place and Juries’ acknowledgment of Mastering Colored Pencil Medium at Boca Raton Artists Guild Spring 2019 juried exhibition at ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

About Galal:

Galal Ramadan is a self-employed graphic designer and marketer. He is an award-winning self-taught colored pencil artist. He was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt and now resides in Boca Raton, FL. He participates in solo and in various juried group exhibitions. He is teaching colored pencil classes and workshops at several locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties, Florida. He is an active member of several national and international art associations.

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June 2019 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on May 31, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

The three artists featured in the June issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. Read below about their inspiration for each of these beautiful works of art.


by Harriet Bevan
11 x8 inches
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer, Derwent Drawing pencils, Caran D'ache Luminance on Clairefontaine PastelMat
(Client’s photo, used with permission)

It's always an honor to be asked to draw a much-loved cat, and the fact that someone has chosen me, out of many fabulous feline artists, also makes it a big responsibility. The reference photos I get asked to work from are often blurred and pixelated. Yumi's photo was so perfectly clear that I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it justice. I always aim to capture the light and softness as well as detail. There were lots of very subtle color graduations in Yumi's coat, which made it a joy to work on; I was constantly swapping over my pencils adding a light touch here and there. I'm quite haphazard in my approach. I am particularly pleased with how Yumi's fluffy legs came out in this.

About Harriet Bevan:

Harriet Bevan is an emerging artist from the North of England, best known for her cat portraits. Now about to turn professional, she began producing her own work in an informal art class. Gradually incorporating pen and pencil into paintings, she fell in love with colored pencil, and has worked exclusively in the medium for the last three years.

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by Barbara McGee
8 x 10 inches
Colored pencil on Stonehenge
(Artist’s own reference)

When my husband swims it is a beautiful thing! Armed with an underwater camera and the right light I am able to capture a wonderful merging of flesh tones and swimming pool blues. These photos make great reference shots for drawings and paintings. I love the irresistible patterns of color and juxtaposition of recognizable versus abstract forms. Colored pencil provides an immediate brain-to-hand expression that allows subtle gradations and nuances that I don’t find so readily with other mediums. This piece was drawn applying multiple layers of color, without burnishing the surface, so the texture of the paper remains intact. I love this subject matter and will definitely continue exploring its rich possibilities.

About Barbara McGee:

Barbara McGee was born on Quebec’s north shore, Sept-Iles by the sea. She studied art in Montreal at Academie des Arts and received a BFA from Concordia University. She moved to Toronto and worked at several advertising agencies. She since moved out of the city to raise her family. Barbara wrote and Illustrated the children’s book “Counting Sheep."



Wilbur the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
by Cathy Settle
8.25 x 11.75 inches
Polychromos, Prismacolor, Luminance, Pablo pencils and pan pastel on drafting film
(Photo by James Lowther. Used with permission.)

I had agreed to provide a prize for an online dog show competition and had the honor of choosing the winner from around 60 wonderful entries.I was offering to draw the winner and it was great to be able to see so many fabulous reference photos as a lot of my commission pet portraits are from photos of poor quality. It wasn't easy to just pick one but I'm so glad I chose Wilbur as the owner was a young boy who had saved his pocket money for the entry fee. He was so pleased that his photo was the winner; it made me feel like I'd gone with the right choice.

I chose to use drafting film as I find I can achieve very fine details on this smooth surface. I do find that it takes a bit of getting used to though, as some of the colors don't seem as dark, so sometimes I had to choose shades darker than I normally would and you have to use a very light touch as it won't take as many layers otherwise. The other problem I've found is that it's unforgiving if you make a mistake, sometimes using an eraser makes the surface impossible to cover, so no mistakes allowed. I do love the finished effect though; it has a sheen that is almost of a photographic quality.

About Cathy Settle:

Cathy Settle loved drawing in childhood, but it took over 30 years for her to pick up her pencils to help her to relax to cope with work stress. Admiration of her pet portraits gave her the encouragement to pursue her childhood dream of being an artist. Cathy gains her inspiration from the beauty of creation and enjoys recreating fine details.

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These artworks were published in the
 June 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - June 2019

Posted on May 31, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

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!

Tessa by Pris Hardy
11”x14” colored pencils on suede matboard

Tessa was the beloved, little friend of a woman I know. When Tessa passed away, it left a huge hole in my friend's life and heart and two years later, she still misses her sweet companion. As I delivered the artwork, my friend asked how I knew about the special blanket made for her by her grandmother, but I had no idea what she was referring to. Unknown to me when I added the cushion that was not in the reference photo, I had chosen the exact same pattern, spacing and colors as the special blanket she was now asking about. Tessa had one more gift of love for her friend and finally...I know the secret behind those eyes. 

About Pris:

With the children getting old enough to stop helping with the art and encouragement from family, Pris set down the charcoals and graphite pencils to test out colored pencils and was soon hooked. Pris often creates in colored pencil and often incorporates an underpainting of watercolor, pastel or graphite.

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Up on the Roof by Paulette Morrissey
11x14 inches, Prismacolor on Canson illustration board

The photos I took of this stately bird were a lucky break. I was letting my dog out, and turned and saw a heron standing on the next door neighbor's roof. I hurried back inside to get my camera, and luckily, he was still standing there waiting to have his picture taken. I got a few shots and then he left! I was lucky to be out there at just the right moment. Since moving to Florida recently, I've been fortunate to live on a lake where I'm getting a lot of opportunities to photograph various Florida birds. I plan to draw a number of them in the near future.

About Paulette:

Paulette enjoys drawing and painting things she sees in everyday life. Making something ordinary become frame-worthy. More than anything else, she loves color! She has won awards at the CPSA international exhibit, the Visual Arts Center in Florida and the League of Milwaukee Artists in Wisconsin.

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Sharing the Gossip by Kris Stokes
12x10 inches, Coloured Pencil on Pastelmatt

While I am out walking my dog I often wonder if the wildlife are chatting to each other without us knowing and then I saw a little bird sat with a statue and it became the idea for this drawing. I really like the thought that they have their own world of gossip sharing, so I played around until I could put the two together so it looked like they were deep in conversation discussing the latest news. I tried to keep the colour pallet of the statue complementary to the bird and left the background one tone as I wanted to create an atmosphere of the two of them captured in time, sharing a moment in secret.

About Kris:

Kris Stokes is from Belper, Derbyshire, UK. Trained as a Graphic Designer in the 80s, Kris started drawing again in 2014. She enjoys using pencils because they give a detailed accuracy in mark making and likes to create images of animals, wildlife and Pets as characters that tell a story.

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Ruby's Joy by Cindy Wiltse
14x16.5 inches, Prismacolor on Strathmore Bristol paper

I knew Ruby's father before he was married or had children. When I saw this photo on Facebook of his youngest daughter, it reminded me of his smile exactly so I asked him if he would mind if I drew her and her chicken. I just had to draw the pure joy expressed in his daughter's face. The drawing makes me smile every time I look at it! It was a great photo to draw as it had so many different textures to practice on — wood, skin, feathers, dirt, etc. I did brighten the colors some from the photo but kept everything else exactly how it was taken. It took me a while to get up the nerve to draw such a large detailed project but definitely worth the time..

About CIndy:

I am a new artist who didn't begin drawing until four years ago. I have gone to a few seminars to learn some techniques but am mostly self-taught. It is a talent I never knew I had until later in life which is very exciting!

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These artworks are published in the JUNE 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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