Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pastel Elephant

I am a huge fan of Derwent pencils and this year one of my Christmas gifts was a Derwent pastel pencil workshop kit. I’ve never tried pastels so this was the perfect introduction to the medium.

I learned a lot along the way – like being even more careful where my drawing hand was when strengthening existing lines and watching out for stray bits from sharpening the carbon black (P170) pencil – hard surfaces clean easily if you inadvertently smudge pigment on a table like I did :)

This was a very positive experience, I’ll be trying more drawings soon. The kit comes with 10 pencils representing grays, browns, and greens so one or two reds or blues would be a nice addition.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Elephant (pastel)

Blue Jay

Each Christmas for the last 8 years I have given my husband a drawing or painting for one of his gifts. I typically begin planning in October and then working in small increments during November and December when he isn’t looking so his gift is a surprise. This year I painted one of his favorite birds, the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata). In case you are wondering, he loves it :)

Materials: Arches #140 HP watercolor paper, Derwent Watercolor Pencils, Prismacolor Verithin Pencils

Cheers!

Blue Jay

Flamingo

My hubby likes flamingos so I made this painting for him. Not for any occasion, just because he likes them. This was rather fun to do as I had never known what their beaks and head structure were really like.

Materials: 140# CP watercolor paper, Derwent Watercolor pencils

Cheers!

Flamingo

Amy’s Horse

My friend Amy loves horses. It is so much fun to watch her as she talks about them – her face just lights up. This is my interpretation of the spirit of these beautiful creatures.

Materials: 140# CP watercolor paper, Derwent Watercolor pencils

Cheers!

Amy's Horse

Christmas Time is Near

Christmas TimeI love this time of year – the cold air, the lights, decorating a tree, watching A Charlie Brown Christmas, baking cookies, it’s all good. Every year I do a painting for the holidays, some years it is transformed into cards but no matter the final result I enjoy the time spent creating the piece. This year I wanted a painting that captured the natural beauty of the season. The blue-gray background to remind me of cold winter nights and the cardinal in the tree to remind me that there is so much color that can be seen if we just stop and look.

Materials: Arches 140# HP watercolor paper, Derwent Watercolor Pencils

Cheers!