Monthly Archives: June 2012

Garlic

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My latest shopping trip inspiration took the form of a garlic bulb. Not the plain white kind but the ones with the beautiful purple lines. Why garlic? I got an email from a friend a few days prior and she mentioned how she was going to keep a garlic bulb at her desk to remind her not to let the vampires suck the life out of her. Knowing her work life the imagery was perfect and I think it stuck with me.

It is also the perfect subject for me to try out some new colored pencils from Faber-Castell’s Polychromos line. These are different because the pigment binder is oil not wax. Several botanical artists that I admire use Polychromos and they say how wonderful they are and I never understood why. Well, after using them for one drawing I am so pleased with the performance! They stay sharp much longer than my wax based pencils and I am able to make much finer marks. Also, because there is no wax there is no wax build-up after many layers. Bonus, the colors match my Pitt markers. I have 21 colors at the moment but I will be adding more soon.

A girl can never have too many pencils, can she?

Materials: Strathmore drawing paper, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

Cheers!

Kelli

Cherries


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I was thrilled to find cherries at my local Whole Foods Market this week. Thrilled for a couple of reasons, one cherries are delicious and two (the main reason for my excitement) I had a new colored pencil subject.

I decided to mix things up and add shadows to my botanical study. I’m hoping to find some Rainier cherries on a future trip. I think they’d make a nice follow-up study.

Materials: Strathmore drawing paper, Derwent Coloursoft and Prismacolor pencils

Cheers!

Kelli

Radish


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Inspiration can come from many places, this latest drawing comes from the produce department at my local Whole Foods market. Rather than do a study of a bunch of radishes I decided to find the most interesting bulb and leaf and concentrate on those. I added the lettering to give the piece a more finished look. I wonder what I’ll find on my next shopping trip to draw?

Materials: Strathmore 400 series drawing paper, Prismacolor pencils

Cheers!

Kelli

Anniversary Rose


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The roses in my garden are starting to bloom. This variety will keep flowering until fall so I’ll have many opportunities to draw more blooms. This particular drawing was done for my hubby to celebrate our 19th anniversary.

Materials: Strathmore drawing paper, Derwent and Staedtler graphite pencils

Cheers!

Kelli

Bass Harbor Lighthouse


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Most of my drawings are of botanicals and birds. I rarely do drawings of buildings because the perspective is never quite believable. Recently I had the opportunity to take classes taught by Diana Johnson who shared some excellent techniques for approaching perspective.

This drawing was done from a photo I took of Bass Harbor Lighthouse in Acadia National Park.

Materials: Strathmore drawing paper, Derwent and Staedtler pencils in HB, B, 3B, and 2H

Cheers!

Kelli