Sunday, November 8, 2009

Work in progress: "Waiting"

This will be a last minute addition to the portrait section of my work in next week's group show. I'm still working on it, and I'm sure the matting and framing process will bring it right down to the wire!

Today, I will be picking up my giclee prints. I chose "Water Plus Sunshine", "Pizzelle On a Pedestal", "Lilac and Primaries", and "Brussels Sprouts and Delft" for the prints. Also on my list today is proofing images for note cards that will be printed this week. "Espresso and Lace" and "Winterberries" are among the chosen pieces for the cards.

(12"x12", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Winter Is Coming

When I see these winterberries on their leafless branches by the side of the road, I know that winter is just around the corner. They inspired me to put together this still life with a holiday feel, along with some trimmings from a fir tree, a gracefully shaped old pitcher, and a bright red tablecloth. The backlit white curtains add a snowy touch.

I've chosen to have some note cards printed of this piece, and a few others, to add to the offerings at the upcoming show. There will also be giclee prints of "Water Plus Sunshine", "Pizzelle On A Pedestal", "Lilac and Primaries", and "Brussels Sprouts and Delft". I'm looking forward to a very busy and exciting weekend of the 20th through the 22nd!

(12"x16", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Zinnia, Parsley and Pattypan

How's that for a combination? I love the shape of these little pattypan squash, and their subtle, creamy green color. After trying many different still life set ups, it was clear that a pink palette was perfect for showing them off. So, pink linen, an old Staffordshire plate, and a mix of zinnias provide the complimentary color, while a bunch of parsley and a yellow pitcher lend support to the squash's green-ness.

(12"x12", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brussels Sprouts & Delft..progress

Once again, this piece was set aside, but I finally have it very close to finished. The basket-like reed mats under the sprouts and pitcher have been more defined and warmed up in hue, and the long afternoon shadows accentuated. Finally, I think a few touches of a zingy, springy green on those Brussels sprouts will just about do it!

(6"x14", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Upcoming Group Show

I am looking forward to my first local group show, coming up in November. The combination of large acrylic landscapes by Jane Ryan, fine art photography by Nina Fuller, "fine rustic" furniture by Dirk Leach, and my own colored pencil still lifes and portraits should really fill our space with energy, life and color. The space is a charming one... "The Old White Church", situated on the banks of the Saco River, repurposed as a venue for musical performances and an art gallery. It is right next door to (and actually a part of) the Saco River Grange Hall which is a wonderful little theater and concert hall.

The show and sale will be November 20th through the 22nd. Here is a map of the location. You are hereby invited!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall Fun

Here is a little sampling of matted prints that I am offering for sale at the Fall Fair in Burlington, Massachusetts, on September 26th. My mother, a brother, a sister, and I will have a family table there that will feature a fun mix of items including handmade vintage style aprons, hand crafted birdhouses, whoopie pies, autumn themed tiaras for girls, and my art prints.

The prints were chosen from a collection of over a hundred art cards (ACEOs) that I created. The originals all sold through ebay. I have reproduced them in their actual size of two and a half by three and a half inches, and matted them in eight by ten mats. These are not limited edition prints, but they are each unique, as I added touches of color to each one with colored pencil. This "suns and moons" series was a lot of fun to dream up, as was the nostalgic, illustrative style that I employed.

I'm looking forward to an enjoyable day with family, friends, food, and music!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Another Cute Pair

It seems that portrait commissions come two-by-two for me, and I like it like that! (My last five commissions have been for two or more portraits.) Drawing a pair of siblings, as these pretty girls are, always makes me more aware of the subtle little differences and similarities in features and expressions. There is also a benefit to looking at them side by side for a few days at the finishing stage, adding a touch here and there until they are equally good. (That being said, I have no such control over scans and photographs of my pencil drawings. Why are grays so difficult?)

These two girls were a joy to meet, and to draw! The portraits are packed up and ready for their trip to California, so, off to the post office I go!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Brussels Sprouts and Delft

This work-in-progress has been in-progress for quite a while, interrupted by several pencil portrait commissions and life in general. The clean white narcissus, classic blue Delft-ware, and crisp Brussels sprouts looked quite lovely in the setting sun of early June. Even at this rough stage, I think the freshness I'm seeking is starting to come through.

(6"x14", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Primarily Tactile

With a few more tweaks, this will be finished. Besides those primary-leaning colors, which always grab me, I was drawn to the different textures here. The bricks and their old crumbly mortar, the glazed pottery, the tender and flexible lilac blossoms and leaves, and the smooth but sturdy cloth with its creased fold; to me, they beg to be touched.

(12"x16", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back To Work

It has been a while, but I'm back at the drawing board, and enjoying working on this new piece. The almost-primary palette of this still-life is making me happy! And then there's the scent of the lilacs... heavenly. I love May.

(12"x16", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Two Pencils; One Subject

This graphite drawing, of the same adorable little boy portrayed in the (now finished) colored pencil piece, shows how I use these media very differently. The colored pencil on roughly textured Pastelbord owes much of its strength to the multi-layered areas of color, while any actual drawing of line is kept to a minimum. With the graphite pencil, I like to emphasize the contours with a definite linear presence, which creates a kind of framework for the rest of the drawing.

These commissioned portraits were a joy to do!

(12"x18", graphite pencil on bristol)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Little Portrait in Progress

I am loving all of the color in this little portrait. (Happily, my client agreed to allow me to share it here!) There is something about the cool hues of the subject's skin tones and sweater being in front of the warmer colors of the chair slats and wall behind that just make this piece sing (to me, anyway)! And then there are his vibrant eyes, lips, and... oh, that hair!

(There is a graphite pencil portrait of this boy in the works also. I'll post it soon.)

(6"x7.5", colored pencil on Pastelbord)

Friday, January 30, 2009

...almost there...

This is still not quite finished, and the photo isn't the best, but I felt the need to post something before I head out for a little leave of absence. The dark areas under the table need more work, and there are more darks to add to the lace details. Once this is done, I have some commissions to get going on, two of which are portraits. I'm definitely ready for a portrait!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Pizzelle On A Pedestal... more progress

Yes, I'm still working on this one. The two stacked pizzelle are taking shape, as is the creased and rumpled linen. I really like the varied textures of the still life elements here; the delicate crispness of the cookies, the glazed weight of the pottery, and the soft linen, which has been reminding me of snowdrifts. The lace trim hanging in the air will add a nice dimensional touch while emphasizing some depth under the table.

(detail) 16"x20", colored pencil on Pastelbord