Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rosa Mystica

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Inspiration comes in many forms — I draw what I bought at the market, what I found on a walk, what I read in a book, and like this post from what I heard – specifically the music of Therese Schroeder-Sheker and the CD Rosa Mystica. Her music inspires me to think and dream and the other night while I was listening the image of a rose on black paper came to mind. There is something special about black paper, I think it gives the subject a mystical, other-worldly quality.

I chose to use my Derwent Coloursoft pencils for this piece. They have a chalky quality that works well on black pastel paper. I used a simple color palette of five colors and mixed them on the paper by layering one over the other. In spots I limited the amount of layering so individual colors would show and add interest to the piece. At the very end I added a few strokes of black pencil in the darkest shadows to help round out the form.

The moral of this story: listen to some music, maybe something outside your normal genre, and be inspired to create.

Cheers!

Kelli

First Snow

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The first snowfall began late last night and although we only got an inch it was still fun to see (bonus: there was no need to shovel). The snow came at a perfect time, I had been looking through my collection of art lessons and found one on painting a winter snow scene. Seems that fate stepped in and gave me a topic so I could practice watercolor techniques.

I am not completely comfortable painting in watercolor, I always want to control the paint too much rather than letting it “do its thing.” I get a lot of back runs and blooms when I try to make it “perfect.” I think the lesson I chose was good for me, it is actually a Chinese Brush painting lesson but I used traditional watercolor paper and adapted some of the steps. I used a mountain hair brush for the sky, trees, and foreground to get that broken pattern and a happy dot brush for the finer details on the houses.

The result is better than I expected, I was able to paint faster because I didn’t spend as much time fiddling with the way the paint was flowing on the paper. I did glaze over the larger house but that was only to darken one side to give more perspective to the composition.

I think the most important thing was that I had fun and I was able to move one step closer to being a little bit freer with watercolors.

Cheers!

Kelli