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Another Blue Ribbon for “Above and Below”

"Above and Below" took another First Place at the 2010 Pencil Painting Exhibition presented by the Los Angeles District Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America. The Cypress Community Gallery, located at 5700 Orange Avenue in Cypress, is hosting the show until April 16 (Mon-Fri, 9-5). I was told the as soon as the judge, Michael Daniel, entered the gallery, he immediately asked to be reassured that my artwork was indeed made with colored pencil.

Below are the pictures of my winning artwork and of the award recipients. From left: Ester Roi (1st Place), Barbara Roger (Honorable Mention), Ruth Anisman (2nd Place) and Ruth Arthur (3rd Place). Other Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Jeff George and Margaret Lindsey. Congratulations to all!

Award RecipientsAbove and Below

 

 

A Whole New Point of View

AWholeNewPointofView

As an artist I'm always searching for different ways to look at the world around me. In my latest piece, "The Lightness of Being", you can see how simple poppies transform into ethereal creatures when turned upside down.  What do you do to get a whole new point of view?

 

Best of Show!

Flying High From Happiness

My artwork "Above and Below" (colored pencil and oil pastel on the Icarus Drawing Board) has been awarded the Expy Best of Show and Prismacolor Award in "Explore This! 6", the Colored Pencil Society of America's online exhibition. The juror, Dr. Barbara Grazul Hubbard, has selected the work of 55 artists for this annual prestigious exhibition which will run until January 31, 2011.

Edit (2/4/10): Katherine Tyrrell  wrote a post about "Explore This! 6" on her blog Making a Mark. You can read her wonderful comments on my artwork by clicking here.

 

My Art Studio: Part 1

My art studio has a high cathedral ceiling with a wooden beam running across the middle. Several months ago I had the brilliant idea to install a swing which has become one of the most useful features in my studio. I discovered that by taking 3 to 5 minute breaks on the swing every few hours or so, not only do I get re-energized but my concentration level increases. The motion of swinging is also very relaxing and soothing and it seems to foster creativity and right brain thinking.

Swinging in My Studio

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Speckling Technique for a Starry Sky

The starry sky of "The Butterfly Effect" could not have been accomplished in colored pencil without the Icarus Drawing Board. The choices would have been to painstakingly draw the blue sky around the white of the paper or to paint masking fluid over hundreds of stars. Instead I came up with the following technique:

Step 1: I laid down several different blue Neocolors II on the warm zone.
Step 2: I used a gray paper stump to thin and blend the crayons on the warm zone. This is accomplished by making small circles with the paper stump while cleaning the excess wax with a paper towel.
Step 3: I kept on working until the colors were evenly blended.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

 

Step 4: I grated a blue colored pencil on a sand paper block.
Step 5: I shook the blue speckles over the crayon background.
Step 6: I grated a white colored pencil on coarse sand paper.

Step 4 Step 5 Step 6

 

Step 7: I shook the white speckles over the crayon background.   
Step 8:
After placing a sheet of tracing paper over the colored pencil speckles, I pressed down with a brayer on the warm zone.
Step 9:
The speckles melted into the blue background and created a starry sky effect.

Step 7 Step 8 Step 9

 

For another example of "speckling" see Snake River Pebbles.