Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pots Still Life -- Colored Pencil

The inspiration for this still life came from a book on colored pencils. The  subject and the colors caught my attention. I fell in love with this last year, but did not get up enough nerve and determination to do  it until now. There were a lot of directions on how to do it, but it seems that directions are not enough sometimes.  On a couple of the pots I could not produce the exact finish of the original, but have learned from painting things usually work out- just not in the way you originally thought it  would. Over all I am content with the result.

Since people are asking-- This was done with prismacolor pencils (the 120 pencil tin set with all the grays) on plain printer paper. I also use the prismacolor colorless blender.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Water Lilies -- Watercolor

This is one I did previously.  The picture I was using for inspiration was from an art book, but the original was done in acrylics. I had to experiment a lot to figure out how to reproduce that picture in watercolor. There are lots of layers of color in the picture to try to reproduce it. Was a lot of fun and learning.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Grapes -- Colored Pencil

These were actually done for practice before I did my Four Fruit Still Life post. The inspiration for these came from an art book. Grapes are a challenge as you have to try to make each one look unique. I had at least seven different purple and red pencils blending these into uniqueness. You definitely get a lot of practice blending and burnishing colors when you do grapes, but it was rewarding to do.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Four Fruit Still Life -- Colored Pencil

This inspiration for this came from a drawing prompt from the Draw-This art group. This past week a different fruit (colored) each day was our drawing prompt. The final drawing prompt was to do a still life with the four fruits we previous drew. I have wanted for a while to practice colored pencil fruit. This answered the desire.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Victorian House -- Watercolor

Though I used a picture reference for this, I had fun redesigning the placement of the main house windows (and doors), and supplying the bottom fourth that was missing in the picture. I then printed the scanned pencil sketch onto watercolor paper, and painted it with watercolor pencils. The yard I did with  graphite pencil just to ground the building.  The color of the house scanned in a little stronger than I originally painted. I had a lot of fun with this one, because I love architecture. If this looks a little familiar to you, I have previously posted a pen & ink version of this before. (If you would like to see it also, click here.) This current version was not done overnight. I worked on it on and off for a few months. Some things I can do in one sitting, but some things get done a little at a time for a variety of reasons (I get bored, the piece is complicated, it gets lost and forgotten, lack of time, or  any combination).

Monday, March 8, 2010

Amber Glass Bottle -- Colored Pencil


This is another I did for practice to learn more about colored pencils. Since capturing glass in a painting has always been an interest of mine, it was fun to be able to combine both learning more about colored pencil and painting glass. This illustration comes from an art book.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pears and Grapes -- Acrylic Still Life

This is one I did last year. I wanted to practice doing the fruit, texture, light, shadow, and depth of a still life. The inspiration  for it was a picture hanging on my kitchen wall. Parts could be better (as always), but I had fun learning from it.