Original Colored Pencil Artwork
I am in the process of having limited edition prints, notecards and greeting cards made of some of my colored pencil paintings. Soon they will be available by mail, and not just sold locally. Check back soon, I'll have them ready!
This is one of my latest flowers, titled Stella's Passion. I think lilies are becoming my favorite flower to draw, and I have a few more in the works right now. I love the deep rich colors of this particular lily - photos were taken at a beautiful botanical garden not far from my home. This piece is 14x17 inches in size.
This pair of Asian lilies was too pretty to ignore. I planted an assortment of them in my front yard and was delighted by the variety of colors I got. This is 16x20 inches, on a smooth Bristol surface. It has several layers of varnish on it, making the colors come out nice and bold, and protecting it from fading. The varnish also eliminates the need for glass in the frame, which I love being able to eliminate.
This piece was a very enjoyable challenge on two levels. First, it was my first time drawing roses, and second, my first time drawing on stretched canvas. I have to say it was a lot of fun, and I'll be using canvas for a lot of future works. It was given several coats of varnish to finish it. It's 18x24 inches, titled Five Roses.
Another colored pencil painting on stretched canvas. I titled this one Twelve Stones. They were a complete joy to draw, with all the fine detail discovered in each stone. This picture is 18x24 inches, though in reality, the stones are all quite small; each less than an inch across.
My second rock picture, this one is titled The Rock Collector. Put in a black frame, it's hard to tell where the painting ends and the frame begins. Rocks and stones are almost as much fun to draw as flowers. This one is 13x19 inches.
I planted a little apple tree in my yard last fall, and was delighted to see blossoms on it this spring! Needless to say, I took way too many photos of the delightful little blossoms. These two pieces are the result of some of those photos. Each is 11x14 inches, and I had quite a time picking out the right color mats for them - so many possibilities. These are titled Apple Blossom One and Apple Blossom Two. Not real catchy, but descriptive.
This piece, titled Beauty Pageant, came about as I was playing around with sketches of different flowers, trying to decide what to draw next. Then, I was shown a beautiful cross stitch my sister-in-law had just finished, with a row of glass jars, each holding a single different flower. So I thought I'd try doing something similar with some different flowers, and added the mason jars. This piece is 15x20 inches.
One of my favorite subjects is carousel horses. I prefer the horses over the other animals. But rather than drawing them on a carousel, I thought it might be fun to have them running free! It's 20x15 inches, done with Prismacolor pencils and Neocolors for the background, and took about 50 hours. Titled - Escape from the Endless Circle.
Lately I've discovered I like drawing flowers. This purple double dutch tulip was my first attempt, and it was a lot of fun! It's 14x11 inches, done with Prismacolor pencils, and took about 30 hours. Titled - After the Rain.
This is my second colored pencil flower picture. It's 11x14 inches. A good friend, Linda S. Carr, let me use one of her beautiful photographs as reference. I call this one Sunflower Twilight.
I played around with portraits for a short time, but I don't think this is something I will do much of. So far, the flowers are more fun for me. This is Joey and her sweet little dog Daisy, getting ready to be part of a St. Patty's Day parade in Florida.
This is Bear on His Throne, one of several dog commissions I did earlier this year. The leather chair ended up to be my favorite part of the picture.
Working with colored pencils is a very slow peaceful process. To get the really deep bold solid colors, it takes as much as 20 layers of pencils and burnishers, which was the case with Red Hot, shown here. This artwork won an Award for Excellence at the 2007 CPSA Annual International Exhibit.
I call this one "Frightful Ride". It's 15 x 20 inches, and very vivid colors.
I think the zebra is my favorite of my early drawings. It is about 18 x 24 inches. It used up about 20 black and white pencils.
I drew these three toucan pictures so they could be displayed alone, or all together as a triptych. Each is 16 x 20 inches, and all together they are 45 inches wide. I was on a toucan drawing kick for a while..... still haven't figured out where I'm going to hang them. But I think I want to smooth out the background a little before I do anything permanent with them.
More toucans. Their faces and beaks are fun to do.
This drawing was done from a section of a bookcase in my house. I collect those round glass paperweights, and drawing one seemed like it might be fun.
These two African Grey parrots are my birds, Nora on the bottom and Frankie on the top. The photos I took for reference were actually with the birds on a play gym. I added the branches to the drawing for a more natural parrot setting.
I was planning to do a series of all different game boards. So far all I've done is this Monopoly board. I do have the "Life" board started though.
This one is about 18 x 24 inches. It I called this one "Life in the Tank". One of my earliest pictures.
Playing with the glass balls again. The brass stand under one of them ended up to be my favorite part of the drawing.
These were my first two colored pencil drawings. Done at a couple RC flying competitions I was attending with my husband. I was bored and needed something to do while sitting there all weekend, every weekend, all summer. So I took up drawing. I never tried colored pencils until that weekend - I was almost 55 years old at the time - so you're never too old to try something new.
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