Well, here is the finished colored pencil version of the Old Barn Window. I broke a number of “rules” in doing this piece, and I’m very glad that I did. I really like how the wood turned out. I like how the stonework turned out as well. I’m not so crazy about the plants in the foreground, but I do know how I would do those differently in the future, so that’s a good thing. All in all this was not only a very relaxing project, but it was a great learning experience as well. Next I’ll be tackling this barn window in graphite!
There’s just something about old barns that I absolutely love. Yesterday I started this colored pencil painting of the window of an old barn. To be quite honest with you, until today colored pencils and I have been at odds with each other. Part of that reason I that I’ve tried to imitate other colored pencil artists’ techniques to achieve the results I desired. While I have learned a lot from these other artists, their techniques aren’t quite right for me. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – there is no right or wrong in art. It is what it is. Yesterday I gave myself permission to relax and simply paint with my pencils, doing what felt right for me and having confidence that I really have learned and know what I’m doing. And guess what. I really like how this is turning out!
Something else that I’ve decided to do with this old barn window is paint it in four different media – colored pencils, graphite pencils, pastel pencils, and soft pastels. I want to have a good visual at the similarities and differences between the media and how those differences affect the final result. It should be interesting and I look forward to sharing my results with you!
Life in a family that has two Aspies in it (I’m one of them) can be interesting at best. I don’t even want to talk about the “at worst” scenarios. Suffice it to say that there are times when try as I might, no matter how much I want things to go smoothly they don’t. This means that sometimes my passions, like art, music, and writing, get set aside for a time because, well, life.
A few days ago I decided to make it a point to do some art every day. Nothing big, but something. I’d like to share my work from day one and day two, both done in colored pencil, both 5×7. Today being day three, and it being the time of day that it is, I’m a little worried that my streak might end at two days. Unless I try a mini drawing. That just might be the ticket today!
I’m already finding that I’m becoming much more confident with colored pencils. When I first started out with them my drawings tended to look like a kindergartner went haywire with crayons, but not any more. I’m also trying to find my way to make my drawings look the way I want them to look rather than trying to copy other artists techniques and outcomes.
Anyway, here are my first two dailies. I hope you enjoy them!
Another drawing my my “Leaded” series, this seascape is a tribute to the first, and only, stained glass window I ever made. Rather than making the leading silver, I have chosen to use black. Why? To give a nod to another of my hobbies – quilting! Unfortunately I have yet to make a stained glass quilt, but I love how they look; very reminiscent of Amish quilts with their black accents throughout. This drawing is done on 100 lb. 9″ x 12″ paper. The drawing itself is 8″ x 10″ with a generous boarder ready for your mat and frame.
Can’t get enough of nature’s beauty? This lovely painting of a delicately blooming flower will help keep you satisfied all year long! Done on 100 pound paper in colored pencil with a mineral spirit wash. Finished piece is 5″ x 7″ with an ample border for your mat and frame.
When I was 17, a very long time ago, I took an extension course at the local university to learn how to make stained glass windows. I loved everything about it – the brilliant colors of the glass, putting the pieces together, soldering the lead. Well, I could have lived without the cuts I got, but everything else was great! When I recently made my Leaded Mountains piece in colored pencil I was reminded of those days and how much I enjoyed myself. I’m currently working on another leaded drawing. This one is very similar to the project I made in that class so long ago, but without the sharp edges. I can’t wait for you to see it when it’s done!
Autumn is my favorite time of year. In this meadow landscape I have tried to capture a few things that I love about fall. Come with me and visit a meadow stream before the first snow of the year arrives. This original landscape is done in colored pencil on 100 pound paper. The finished size is 5″ x 7″ with an ample border for easy matting and framing.