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One Down, One to Go

"After the Rain" is finished and in the process of being framed.
Size: 12" x 18"
Medium: Prismacolor and Luminance colored pencils, Neocolor artist crayons and oil pastels
Tools: tortillions, paper stumps, and color shapers
Surface: Art Spectrum Colourfix Supertooth board
Icarus Technique: http://icarusart.net/
Originals and giclees available here: http://esterroi.com/artwork/view/rocks-water/after-the-rain

I made some progress on my "Opus magnum", a 40”x 60” canvas. The section I completed is about 10% of the whole canvas (10" x 24").

I plan to work on it a couple of times a week, in between other projects. This is my first tribute to Montana's Glacier National Park, specifically the McDonald Creek. 

 

Upcoming Demonstration

Saturday, February 14, I will give a demonstration during the San Diego CPSA District Chapter meeting (10:00 am - 12pm) at the Serra Mesa- Kearny Mesa Library, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego.

The title is: Forget all the rules you learned and be a colored pencil rebel!

I will introduce the latest addition to the Icarus board family, The Icarus Painting Board, and will highlight its innovative design and applications. Prepare to let go of preconceptions about colored pencil and learn that fear has no room in the life of a creative artist. 

Everybody is welcome! If you're not a member of the Colored Pencil Society, this will be a great opportunity to meet a dedicated group of artists who share a passion for colored pencil. I hope to see you there!

 

Glad to Be Back!

After my husband's emergency surgery before Christmas, we both came down with a serious case of the flu. I'm very happy and relieved that we are finally doing well. Now I'm ready to get serious about my art again.

Below are the highlights of the last six weeks.

I wanted to challenge myself and started my largest piece so far, a 40”x 60” canvas. It’s my first tribute to Montana's Glacier National Park, specifically the McDonald Creek. I'm very excited about it!

My Facebook page was listed as one of Ten Facebook Pages about Art in 2014 on Making a Mark, Katherine Tyrrell's amazing blog.

My art was being copied and sold illegally as ‘original oil paintings’ by a company in South East Asia. I'm happy to report that, after contacting them, they immediately stopped selling the copies and profusely apologized for neglecting to verify the authenticity of some of their products.

I'm almost finished with my current piece and will post an image as soon as I get it scanned. It's called "After the Rain".

 

New Open Edition Giclee

“Ephemeral Journey” is now available as a 6” x 6” open edition canvas giclee. After the image is printed on fine canvas, I personally mount it on a 2” thick cradled board. Then I paint the sides with acrylic and apply several coats of gloss varnish. It’s sold for $99 from my website store.

 

Included in a New Book by Katherine Tyrrell

Renowned UK artist and blogger, Katherine Tyrrell, has a book coming out on January 1st, 2015. It comes in three different versions for the UK, USA and Asia, with three different publishers, three different titles and three different covers. However, everything inside is the same, including my contribution (!). Yes, I'm one of the artists included in the book.

The USA version, titled "Drawing 365", is now available for pre-order from Amazon  and North Light Books.

For more information, please read Katherine's blog post

 

Icarus Drawing Board Workshop


Exciting news! A cruise to the Caribbean with Arlene Steinberg teaching how to work on the Icarus Drawing Board. Every student will have their own board to practice with. For more information please visit Ann Kullberg's Workshop Page.

In the last several years Arlene has created fantastic artworks using the Icarus board. To view her art please visit her website: www.arlenesteinberg.com.

 

“River Pebbles, No. 13”

Title: "River Pebbles, No. 13"
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Prismacolor colored pencils, Luminance colored pencils, Neocolors artist crayons
Tools: tortillions, paper stumps, and color shapers
Surface: Art Spectrum Colourfix Supertooth board
Icarus Technique

I created a graphite sketch from five different photo references I took during my trip to Montana. I always make sure to have many photos of the same subject, especially when dealing with moving water, so that I can combine the best parts into a drawing.

I then transferred the original sketch using Verithin colored pencils to avoid having to erase the graphite pencil.

After drawing the outline, I proceeded to map the main colors with Neocolor artist crayons on the warm zone of the Icarus board at low temperature. During this step it's not important to include all nuances and details as these can be developed later with colored pencils.

For more on color mapping with artist crayons you can view the following video: Mussel Shell - Blocking in Colors with Artist Crayons

With temperature set at maximum, I melted and blended the artist crayons with a clay shaper (also known as color shaper). 

For more on melting artist crayons you can view the following video: Mussel Shell - Melting Artist Crayons

With the Icarus board set at medium temperature I developed the colors, values and details by layering and blending colored pencils with a variety of tools (tortillions, paper stumps, Caran d'Ache blender). During this step I made quite a few changes from the original outline; I removed a bubble and several small pebbles, aiming to simplify an already complex drawing.

Here are close-ups of the main steps: outline, mapping, melting, and developing.

I hope you enjoyed this step-by-step.