Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ballerina in Blue

Ballerina in BlueContinuing with the adventure in figure drawing, today’s painting focuses on the idea of capturing motion. To create the sense of movement in the ballerina’s skirt I loaded Prussian Blue onto a fairly dry brush so that when I swept it over the paper the brush hairs would separate leaving lovely streaks of white. The first layer of paint was fairly light so I added additional layers of paint. This gives the skirt fullness and the streaky bits at the end gives the appearance of the fabric moving. Once the paint was dry I added a light layer of white drawing ink over the dress to create the details. The final touch was hand lettering the word dance. The “d” and the “e” were drawn so that they mimicked the movement of the dancer.

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Cheers!

Kelli

Steampunk Rose

Steampunk Rose with Hand Drawn Lettering

It may be the geek in me or the types of books I have been reading lately that inspired this painting. The composition began with the idea of embellishing a watercolor rose painting with hand drawn lettering. I knew that I wanted the letters to have flourishes (swirls and loops at the ends) but as I drawing the “o” I had the idea to turn it into a gear – hence the steampunk reference in the title. I kept the gear simple, taking inspiration from a mechanism in an old pocket watch. The internal areas of the letters were painted with an antique gold watercolor pencil. The combination of the delicate pink petals with the gear turned out even better than I had expected.

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Cheers!

Kelli

Red Umbrella

Red UmbrellaI find working with watercolor pencil expands my range of subjects and I am more likely to experiment and step outside my comfort zone. When I work with regular colored pencils my subjects are predominantly animals, birds, and botanicals. But, when I pick up a watercolor pencil I am more willing to try landscapes and like today’s painting, figures.

I like how the bright red pops off of the page as it contrasts with the range of grays. The street lamp was added to balance the composition and simulate a light source that enhances the shadows. The finished piece is 5″ x 7″ and can be purchased from my shop.

Cheers!

Kelli

Golden Yellow Pear

Golden Yellow PearHappy New Year, here’s to another year of art adventures! I thought I would start off the new year by painting a golden pear. I am trying out my new Faber-Castell watercolor pencils and first impressions are that they are exceptional. They work beautifully on their own and the colors complement my Derwent pencils so that I have an even wider range of colors (and who doesn’t like more colors to choose from).

This and several other new paintings are available from my shop.

Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!

Kelli