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Inching Toward the Finish Line

I'm inching toward the finish line and soon I will be done with my largest piece ever. Below is a picture of what I've accomplished so far.

I'm not surprised to have discovered that I enjoy working big. When I used to paint in oil (back in the nineties) my smallest canvas was 30" x 30". It never occurred to me to paint any smaller. That feeling stayed with me even after I transitioned to colored pencil.

The Icarus technique has allowed me to tackle larger work, especially by combining colored pencils with wax crayons (artist crayons) and oil pastels. I'm also realizing that time is not necessarily proportionate to size. 

On my final post I will tell you how I'm able to speed up the process, how I feel about working on canvas, and I will show you some close-ups of the progress. Stay tuned!

 

Demonstration on Canvas and the Icarus Board

Saturday, October 12, I will give a demonstration on how to use canvas on the Icarus Drawing Board. This will take place during the San Diego CPSA District Chapter meeting (10:00 am - 12pm) at the Serra Mesa- Kearny Mesa Library, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego.

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!

 

Apologies to my Blog Commenters

I just discovered that my new blog was not notifying me of any new comments as they were being submitted, so I have a backlog of unapproved comments from the past two months.

This was clearly a mistake, as I always made it a point to answer every single comment. I'm very sorry if any of you felt neglected. It will take me a few days to go through each post, sift though any spam, approve the legitimate comments, and reply to every single one.

I appreciate everyone's feedback very much and hope you will continue commenting on my posts in the future. 

Lesson learned!


 

Go Big or Go Home!

"Go Big or Go home" is an expression that resonates in my mind while working on my largest piece so far. After a very busy summer it's really nice to be back in my studio doing what I love to do.

I had decided to redo "In Between" four times as big on canvas. Below is a picture of the two artworks, at about the same stage of completion. You can use my pencil trays as a visual reference to get an idea of the actual size of my latest piece (24" x 48"). 

I will follow up soon with more progress photos and, at the end, I will review my technique of working with canvas and the Icarus board. Stay tuned! 

On a very positive note, sales of my artworks were very strong this summer. I shipped giclees and originals to many US States and to Australia, South Africa, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom. Thank you to all my collectors!

 

“Ephemeral Journey”

 

Title: "Ephemeral Journey"

Size: 13.5" x 14"
Medium: Caran d'Ache Neocolors I and II, Caran d'Ache Luminance Colored Pencils, Prismacolor Colored Pencils 
Tools: Tortillions, Paper Stumps and Colour Shapers 
Surface: Extra Fine Texture Canvas primed with several coats of clear Art Spectrum Colourfix Supertooth Primer
Technique: Icarus Drawing Board
Presentation: Mounted on a 3/4" Ampersand Claybord, varnished and framed

To see how I mount and varnish my artwork please refer to my post on Glassless Framing.

 

New Website and Blog Launched Today

Oversize Giclee of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

After months of hard work, and thanks to my own son’s expertise in web development, I'm happy to announce the launch of my new website and blog. It comes complete with all the information on the pricing and availability of my artwork. In addition, originals and giclees can be purchased directly from the website store.

Please let me know by email ([email protected]) if you find any problems with the new website.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship!

 

“Metamorphosis” Donated to Silent Auction

Metamorphosis

"Metamorphosis" is one of 38 artworks donated to the 2013 CPSA Silent Auction in Brea, California. Final bids will be due the evening of August 1st during the Membership Meeting. The bidder or representative must be present. Purchase is by cash, check or credit card and must be paid that evening.

Click to preview the beautiful artworks:
http://www.cpsa.org/coloredpencilartists/SILENTAUC2013/

Embassy Suites - 900 East Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821

 

Los Angeles CPSA Chapter Book

The CPSA District Chapter 214, Los Angeles, has produced a wonderful book that will be for sale at the 2013 CPSA Convention in Brea. Designed by Jeff George, Dreamstarter is a  multi-purpose book that provides both inspirational colored pencil imagery (including my artwork Social Network) and work-spaces to help you kick start your creative ideas.

There is only a very limited quantity of books available and the chapter is accepting pre-orders. You may send a check (a receipt will be mailed to you) and you can then pick up your copy at the convention. Please contact Barbara Rogers at [email protected] or 562-925-5775.
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