Posts Tagged ‘Colored Pencil’

Little Things can be inspirational!

November 23, 2013

I don’t have anything in the Swan Coach House Gallery for this year’s exhibit “Little Things Mean a Lot” but I went to see the show today and it is amazing anyway!  I am so inspired to create.  I drew a “little” portrait this afternoon.IMG_20131123_0004

Her face is about 2 inches tall.  This would fall into the category I call “thru the fire,” a series of art based on old cabinet cards that survived (albeit a little damaged) a tragic fire that killed family members back in the early 50’s.  Some of my earlier posts show other images.

To New Beginnings…

January 1, 2013

I am not doing resolutions this year.  I never keep them anyway.  But… if  I were to make a resolution, I would want it to be to create a drawing (or comparable creative endeavor) a day.  And… if I had made that resolution, this would be drawing #1.  I bought a pad of grey scaled papers so I could add light and dark to the mid range of grey to create drawings like this, but the texture of the paper is too rough and I have a lot of “pits” showing.  They are rather detracting in the light areas.


Happy New Year!  May this be the year that we make better.

Don’t bug me!

November 19, 2011

Do you ever feel that way?    I remember one day  in the car with husband and two youngish bickering kids, I closed my eyes and put my hands over my ears and wondered how Helen Keller got to be so lucky.

It was a fleeting moment.

Here is the bug that made me think of that moment.  I drew him this week in pen and ink and then used colored pencils.  This is in my latest Moleskine.  The paper is the most wonderful receptacle for colored pencils.  They were so fluid and blend-able.  Makes me wonder exactly what the paper is.

This evening, I drew a butterfly, put some watercolor on it and then collaged paper all over it.  The paper came from the 4th holiday catalog this month from Pottery Barn.  I can’t believe that they can’t come up with a better advertising campaign than to send out un-requested catalogs but I guess it is keeping the printers and mailman employed.  And that is a good thing.  Hope the paper is recycled though!

I have never really liked doing collage (I have never really “understood” it altho’ I have liked many I have seen) but I had so much fun last week doing those faces I wanted to do more.   Always good to push yourself, right!?

This butterfly is about 7″x11″.  I wonder what a layer of beeswax would do to it…

a life of crime begins…

August 19, 2011

I know it is illegal to own a hawk feather but this one was basically handed to me by its previous owner.  A hawk swooped down to feed on a bird that was feeding on seed at our backyard bird feeder and I was sitting 20 feet away.  After a  brief skirmish, the hawk flew away with its capture and left behind this feather. (payment?) At least the smaller bird put up a good fight.  I brought the feather inside to search on-line and see if I could identify it.  I went here and found out it is a Coopers Hawk wing feather.  I copied it with colored pencils.

Now that I have documented my feather, I guess I need to toss it back outside.

Here is a photograph I took a couple of years ago when a hawk decided the bird feeder made a nice perch (forgive the quality, it was taken from inside through the window blinds with my point and shoot camera).  This could be a Coopers Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Can you tell the difference?


July 27, 2011

I come from a family of smilers.  We nod, we laugh, we smile,  but seldom are we openly very enthusiastic.  I feel it on the inside but just cannot make my body react. That flutter of excitement stays deep, it doesn’t bubble to the surface so all the world feels excited with me.  But, forcing myself to show it, I want everyone to know that I am excited, I’VE BEEN PUBLISHED!!!

I am honored to be included in the Quilting Arts e-magazine, InStitches!  Yay for me!

Okay, settle down, enough of that.  Still smilin’ inside, though.

That upper right piece of art is mine.  In the article, I show how I use color pencils on a drawing and then turn it into fiber art using free motion machine embroidery.  I really was thrilled to be asked to contribute to this issue.  And, there are several other artists who show you their work and how to’s.  Some great stuff.  Here is the first page of my article.  I love the graphics the magazine editors/designers put together to title my work.

InStitches is now available here (at a $5 decrease, yes, I said decrease, from the last issue’s price).  It is an interactive magazine, you can click through to websites, increase picture size to study up close and even watch videos.  They managed to edit the 60 minutes of tape I sent (what is that called now that it isn’t tape?)  down to 7 minutes. It is hard watching myself talk with my hands, stuttering over words, not finding the correct one, and  sounding so so Southern.  But as my sister pointed out, I am Southern!

a plug for architecture

June 28, 2011

I have been busy at architecture for the last couple of weeks and haven’t produced anything to share with you.  I apologize if you have looked only to see the same post pop up continually.  I am always a bit disappointed when I head over to someone’s blog and I have already read the latest.  (How happy I would be to think you may feel that way about my blog!!!)  I still have no art artwork but I do have architecture artwork to show you.  Here is a building of 4 townhouses that construction should (hopefully) start soon.

Here is the same building footprint with changes made to the roof and porches to create a totally different look.

Which version do you like better?

It is nice to have some of this kind of work.  Designing a building plan and elevations can be a lot of  fun.  It’s a challenge fitting all the elements together and making it work.  An upcoming high school senior came by the office today to see if architecture might be a direction he wants to take.  You might not make much money, but it can be rewarding to see a creation the size of a house (or 4 as the case may be) of yours come to life.

These drawings are the copyright property of Peek Design Group.  If they inspire you to want to build your dream home, let me know.  We are good at this!

Can I do it?

May 30, 2011

I am challenging myself.  June 10 is the deadline for submissions to a local, fairly large quilt show sponsored by the East Cobb Quilting Guild and I want to have a quilt in it.  My problem is that I don’t have one to enter!  So here is my challenge.  To create and quilt an art quilt by June 10.

Step one – decide what my image will be.  I can check that off.  Here is my colored pencil sketch.

I’ll keep you posted.  If you don’t see any progress on this, you will know I have totally failed at this particular challenge!

playing with colored pencils

March 30, 2011

A while back I bought a book by Carla Sonheim called Drawing Lab.  I then watched a video of her doing a couple of exercises on an Etsy workshop.  It inspired me to draw just for fun because she sure looked like she  was having fun.  Here are the results…

a Picasso dog following her draw, turn 90 degrees, draw, turn 90 degrees….  then color.

Blind contour, then embellishing the linework and colored, of my nephew, Daniel.  He, his mother and I had a great evening playing with these techniques.

Blind contour of Daniel’s dog.  I love the line that is created in this.  It may be my favorite.

a contour drawing (this time I looked) of a woman from an old photograph.  This time, I did not pick up the pen but tried to make the drawing one continuous line.  That is actually the case for all these but I admit, I sometimes picked up my pen and then when I was finished, I was  guilty of going back into the drawing and adding and adjusting.  But, hey, it is for fun!  I can break rules all I like!

Miss Marple, done from putting the dvd on pause….  I loved this Miss Marple, sorry she isn’t making them anymore.

Berry College…

This is the way most of the contour drawings looked before I went back into them with line variations and color.  It is a little difficult to worry about proportion and perspective when you don’t pick up your pen from the paper.  I like the whimsy of these drawings.  Especially since I am usually so tight and precise with architecture considering my background….

An owl and a

Bird and nest!  No pussycats as yet.  These last two were developed into free motion machine embroidery.    I spent a little more time on them watching where my pen was (but still trying not to pick it up)  in relationship to the image I was drawing.  These really do develop your drawing skills.  But enough scans for the day!  I will show you the embroidery later.

the girls of agnes scott

October 21, 2010

A few years back in an antique store in Tennessee, I bought 1923 yearbook from Atlanta’s Agnes Scott College.  I bought its companion, a 1923 yearbook from Staunton Military Academy.  I surmise the original owners of these yearbooks married and  their unsentimental offspring got rid of them while cleaning out the attic.  Rid of the yearbook, that is, not the owners.

Today I had a day just to do what I wanted and I have always loved blind contour drawings so I used the girls of Agnes Scott as resource material to do a series of faces.  I truly did start out with a blind contour but I admit, after I got the basis of the face I went in and “developed” and then colored the pictures.

What amazes me the most is how all these girls are so fashionable for the roaring twenties and today.  Their hair cuts and clothes would be quite stylish on the streets today.

And speaking of old photos….

I have just always pictured the period of time prior to say, 1950 as black and white.  So seldom do you see a picture in color prior to that, that it makes the pictures here even more remarkable.   Well worth your time to take a look.  It’s like going to Oz.

Hummingbird Repose

August 22, 2010

I watched the most beautiful Nature episode on PBS yesterday about Hummingbirds.    The show showed all kinds of hummingbirds captured  in the most wonderful photography.  It showed their wings in flight, their tail feathers spread, their ability to catch bugs in flight (did you know hummingbirds were carnivores?).  And it showed their nests.  Wonderful tiny creations the size of large walnuts and when the birds were perched in them, they look just the sweetest, most perfect  creature ever!

What a treasure it would be to find a hummingbird nest.  The show inspired me to create the thread art below.  This particular nest is only in South America (I think I am remembering correctly).  It was just about like you see it below, with bright green fibers intertwined to make a long (much longer than my piece shows) hanging nest.

I sketched my composition in colored pencil first and thought I would show you the beginning and the end.  This was a good way to repose myself this weekend while nursing bronchitis and an ear infection.   On the mend now and ready to sketch some more!  Lots more  hummingbird inspiration.  But then again, I am thinking I want to play with a Maxfield Parrish image.  I think that his color use would be perfect interpreted in thread!  Stay tuned…