Monthly Archives: July 2015

Poppy Flower Painting

Poppy Flower PaintingI love to draw and paint botanicals and this poppy flower painting is the perfect pick-me-up for a cool, cloudy summer day. I chose the poppy as my subject because it has been awhile since I’ve painted them.

I began the painting by drawing the poppy flowers from different angles and then arranging them into a composition that I thought was appealing. Rather than paint a field of poppies I tried to imagine what they would look like in a vase. To balance the piece I added buds, a seed pod, and a flower just starting to open in the empty spaces. I also added a single petal at the base of the vase. The tiny patch of red at the bottom helps to draw the eye around the painting.

I used gold, deep vermilion, pale geranium lake, and permanent carmine for the petals. The center was made from a mix of purple violet and indigo blue and the leaves were mixes of sap green, cedar green, and olive green. The vase and shadow were painted with different strengths of indigo. Once everything was dry I added the details with a Pigma micron pen. I like making quick gestural lines with the ink to give movement to the piece. It helps add definition without having to layer on more pigment.

The poppy flower painting can be purchased from my shop.

Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!

Kelli

Wild Hare Mixed Media Painting

Wild Hare - Mixed Media PaintingI have been experimenting with acrylic pastel ground as a way to enhance the tooth of watercolor paper so that I can add pastel details to my drawings. The wild hare on the right began with a underpainting of watercolor pencil. Once that was dry a thin layer of the pastel ground was applied over top. This gives the paper an almost sandpaper like texture that grabs onto the soft pastel and charcoal.

I used very sharp pastel and charcoal pencils for fine lines and soft pastel for the broader strokes. I think the combination of marks gives more life to the fur. Had I not used the pastel ground I would not have been able to achieve the amount of variation in the strokes. This medium is definitely going to become an integral part of my mixed media work. Pick some up and give it try; I think you’ll be pleased with how beneficial it is.

You can purchase this painting and many others from my shop.

Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!

Kelli

Interested in learning about pastels?

I’ll be offering a one-night class this fall. Join me and learn to draw a giant panda.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Every year I create a piece of art for hubby’s birthday. This year it is a pastel and charcoal drawing of a burrowing owl. The feathers are a mixture of textures created by making different marks – fine, random lines done with charcoal and pastel pencils and lovely splotchy bits made from the side or pointed end of a soft pastel stick. He loves his gift and it hangs in a favorite spot in our home watching us.

Cheers!

Kelli

Peony

Mixed Media Peony

I am really liking the effect you get when pastel is applied over watercolor pencil. It gives the peony an added dimension and sparkle.

This piece and more are available for purchase from my shop.

Until next time…keep those pencils sharp!

Kelli