Sunday, February 21, 2010

misc weekend stuff

my first attempt at colored pencil. it is awful, but you have to start somewhere! i did find out that the pencil covers better on paper for graphite, that the white pencil is a good blender & that i don't think i want to try any sort of realistic looking background behind the goddesses. but i like the van gogh-y thing.

i bought some pumice gel, which can be used as a pastel ground or to prepare surfaces to take graphite. thought i'd try it on some masonite (after gesso) and then try colored pencil on this. assuming that i can do something not hideous with them at some point.
and i got back to work on some of the backgrounds for the metal pieces. this will have the tree on it (surprise!). crackle paste on the left.
this is coming along. barb- the hands are still there! because it's a 2 thing the old song so happy together (tea for two and two for tea, no matter how they toss the dice it had to be the only one for me is you, and you for me....) kept coming in my head, which you see in the piece now. and yes that's a faucet handle from my favorite local art store, ace hardware. it's getting close.
beautiful in fairfield this weekend, blue skies & snow.
and some hoar frost this morning.
and now- time for bed-


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Colored pencils take a while to adjust to. I *used to be* proficient with them, and remember that they don't work in the same color progression as paint or even pastel. I got to the point I would have scrap paper of what I was using to try the layers before committing to the actual piece. And the didn't have blender pencils then, thus, a sore finger! LOL!
I think you will love them.....
And the faucet handle is GREAT!!! Looks like a lovely red flower.
HAve a good one!!!


Julie Jordan Scott said...

What gorgeous images... and yes, the Van Gogh-y effect is lovely. Keep trying that new skill. It will come to you!

Beverley Baird said...

Love your artwork - the wood piece is great!
Lovely photos as well.