Graphite Lighthouse

A couple months ago I wanted to try creating the same subject (an old barn window) in different media. I made it through two of the four. Why? Well, the second one I did was in graphite and the results really captivated me. The other day I decided to do a bigger pieceĀ  in graphite. This is an original design of a cliffside lighthouse, and let me tell you, I loved doing this one! This is an 8 x 10 on Bristol vellum.

Graphite Lighthouse

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Boat and Windmill Tutorial

Well, I have taken a break (perhaps a permanent one) from the Old Barn Window. I really like how the graphite version turned out and when I attempted it in pastel pencil it simply didn’t measure up, so I’m putting that on the back burner. I did complete this tutorial in pastel pencil. I love the palette he used for this painting and will be using it for an original piece next. The tutorial is from Colin Bradley. He is a wonderful artist and an excellent teacher.

Boat and Windmill

Old Barn Window Graphite Final Part 4

OBWGraphiteFInal

Well, here’s part 4 of 8 in my series of the Old Barn Window. This is the final product using graphite pencils and is 5″ by 5″ as all of the pieces will be. Again, I still have challenges getting the photos to more accurately depict the actual artwork, but this is pretty close.

I very much enjoyed working on this piece, and being only the second piece I’ve done in graphite I must say that I am very pleased with it. I learned a lot, as usual, and had a great time making this one.

For parts 5 and 6 I will be rendering the Old Barn Window in pastel pencil. Also, I’m thinking about having a bit of a contest when I’m done with all four of the Old Barn Window pieces. I’ll let you know more as I progress!

Old Barn Window Colored Pencil Final Part 2

Final CP Old Barn

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!

Winter Landscape

There’s something about bare winter trees that I just love, and this landscape (done from this tutorial at TheVirtualInstructor.com) captured my attention. I’ve been wanting to try it for quite some time and finally dove in a few days ago. I just finished and wanted to share the results, as well as some of the process, with you.

This might sound silly, but the more I art (as my husband and our son say), the more I realize just how important the process of creating is for my emotional well-being. I love finishing a project, but while I’m working on it I find myself in a very special place – a place of quiet and peace where I can lose myself in the colors, in the forms, and in the subject. I can feel myself calm down and slip into “the zone.” Once I’m in the zone everything is good and all that matters is the process and the act of creating. Even after I’ve finished a piece the calm stays with me and I look forward to starting again – choosing the right paper, the right subject, the right media, the right colors.

I would like to invite you to try your hand at “arting” even if you don’t think you know how or don’t think you can. If you have a pen and paper, if you have a can of Play-Doh, if you have markers and coffee filters (yes, really) you can art. Tap into your creativity and see where it will take you!

WinterLandscape

Keeping It Simple

I can be easily distracted, especially by colorful, shiny things. When it comes to my art I can get distracted as well. I can get so caught up in trying to find the right tint or the right value for something that the fun just sort of fades away and the art becomes a chore. That doesn’t leave me in a very happy place. So the other night I grabbed a piece of colored pencil paper and my graphite art pencils and had a little fun.

My husband likes barns and I’ve been trying to draw him a nice barn for a while now. I’ve tried pastel pencils, soft pastels, and colored pencils, but the outcomes have been less than what I would have liked. It seems I just needed to keep it simple, stupid!

By using graphite I was able to concentrate on the subject, on the light, on the shadows, and not get caught up in tints and trying to blend colors properly. Don’t get me wrong. I love bringing color to my art, but sometimes simplicity should rule the day. Life is filled with enough frustration. Why bring that to our art?

Here’s the finished barn sketch. Unfortunately I didn’t realize until I was well into the piece that the paper had some scoring on it. I was so excited to get started I didn’t even think to check for that. But my husband loves it, and so do I. When I look at it not only do I see a barn and silo, I also see simplicity and the freedom it can bring.

Graphite Barn

You can find my paintings atĀ Smurgles Art!