Monday, January 12, 2009

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Beach Home Progress

This is progress on private residence in Seagrove Beach, FL. Almost done!

Next I will be drawing The Nester's home. I couldn't wait and began the sketch for her home over the weekend.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Autumn Berries

I took this closeup photo of a Firethorn bush months ago. I just love these evergreen bushes with the bright scarlet berries. I can't help but stop and take photos of them when I am on a bike ride. This will be on my drawing board for leisure drawing. I have been collecting some great red and orange pencils that I will get to use for this picture; "Pale Geranium Lake", "Crimson Red", "Permanent Carmine", "Deep Vermillion", "Pale Vermillion", "Scarlet Lake", "Dark Cadmium Orange". Oh, and greens; "Amber 1710", "Olive Yellow", "Mustard", "Oak 1730", "Felt Green", "Spring Green", "Light Olive", "Olive Green", "Apple Green", "May Green". I love color! I can't wait to get started on it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Getting Organized!

I just joined the CPSA last week. Since then I have been visiting the websites and blogs of fellow colored pencil artists from the members list. I have been gleaning ideas and tips from others -besides being amazed by the awesome talent. One of the first tips I read was to organize your colored pencils by color. Why hadn't I thought of that? Here I am sitting at my desk with my cute little bucket (as seen in my logo) with all my colored pencils mixed around. I must admit I like searching through the colors when working on something. I love color. I love looking at art with lots of colors. I love coloring with lots of colors. But after reading that tip I realized it would be so much easier to find my "Supracolor II Soft Brownish Orange" or my "Faber-Castell Phthalo Blue" if the browns were with the browns and the blues were with the blues.

So today I made a trip to Michael's. I would have went to Hobby Lobby, but they are not open on Sundays and I was determined to have my colored pencils organized. Today.

I found a great organizer and it happened to be 30% off! It is a scrapbooking organizer by Making Memories. It is a carousel organizer. I can spin it around and find just the right color. I love it.

Once I began to separate the colors, I found that they really could be separated even more. So I cut pieces of foam core board to make dividers. So my blues are now divided into three shades of blue. There are the blue-greens (which happen to be just across the boarder from the green-blues in the green section), then the regular blues and light blues, then behind that are the blue/purples(which are directly across from the reds). So on and so forth with the rest of the colors.

I also love the little drawers at the bottom of each section. Here I will keep the little stub pencils that seem to get lost in the bottom of any container.

I am so glad I tackled this project. I feel it will be so much easier to find a color now. And it is still so beautiful to look at all the colors.

Now I need to finish my drawing I should have completed weeks ago.....

Monday, October 20, 2008