The Girl in Pencil

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This was one of my first colored pencil drawing.  I spent my 16 birthday overseas and my Uncle Jimmy gave me a very nice set of colored pencil set to take with me.  He knew how much I enjoyed art and thought I would enjoy sketching with them.  At that point I didn’t know anything about colored pencils and when I attempted to use them I quickly decided they were not for me.  almost a decade later I decided to try my had at actually create something that didn’t look like my two-year old’s drawings.  After watching a few tutorials online this was the outcome.  I know improvement is needed, but not a bad first attempt.

The Octopus

 

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This is a watercolor of an octopus. I really love drawing and painting them, I find them to be very interesting creatures and subject matter.  I used watercolor pencil and palette for this painting.  This created a nice texture and dimension, more over the combination gave me more control over the subject.  This is one of my favorite watercolors as of right now.  I am very pleased with the finished product.

Ballons

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In each medium I have a favorite subject, and in some mediums I develop a few favorites over time.  For watercolors I really love balloons, they are just so much fun to make.  As odd as it may sound balloons have so many options and possibilities.  Both of these paintings were actually done with watercolor pencils.  Watercolor pencils give a nice clean outline, and really help with tone and blending. I went over the balloons with my actual pallet for the balloons on the right, however the balloons on the left are only the pencils.  The right side is my favorite out of these two, but I have a small watercolor which I will be posting sometime this month.  I think that painting is amazing.

Lily

This is Lily, my father’s Pomeranian.  Several months ago I was showing him my latest landscape, and he wondered if I could do a portrait of her.   I have never done a dog before in any medium and wasn’t sure how it would turn out.  After he left I decided that her portrait would be a perfect birthday and father’s day gift.  Through the process of this painting my daughter and boyfriend cracked up laughing numerous times, eventually they both said it was really cute, I thought I was done.  I sent the picture to my friend in Spain and she thought it was my dog, since the family canine is a Shiba Inu, I knew I needed to do more work.  Friday night I was finally happy with the portrait.   I was really worried about giving it to my dad, because I didn’t know if he was going to like it.  However, I have never seen my dad that happy with any gift I have given him.  I think my first dog portrait was a success and I can’t wait to see it in his new home.

The ClayGround Studio and Gallery

A few people have asked me how the clay gets baked.  My work gets fired at The ClayGround Studio and Gallery.  I called several different workshops before deciding where I wanted my home studio to be.  The key factors for me picking this studio was price, location, and they had a gallery.  I have been working with them over the past few months now and I am really happy that I choose them.  I purchase my clay from them, I do all my glazing there, and then they fire it for me. Their team is great, the owner is awesome, and I love the setup, it works.  I do open studio, but they do offer classes in several mediums, their gallery has a lot of functional art provided by over 40 different artists.  By the end of this month early next month my work will ba available in their gallery

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