Monday, June 30, 2014

Black and Tan

This is a portrait of a Black and Tan rabbit.  The actual name of the breed is Tan, the color is black.  They've been shown in the UK since the late 1800's and can be found in small numbers all over the world.  They are a fun, small and engaging rabbit. 

About the piece:  Just as cavemen did thousands of years ago, this exquisite drawing was created using lightfast pigments on slate (the rock). It's the perfect archival quality material and the presentation is unique.  The pigment is colored pencil on slate using colors with the highest lightfast ratings available - ASTM D6901 (scientific testing). The image is sealed with a spray fixative for additional protection. Approximate size is 6" x 8".

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Divine Lupine

I was strolling through Schreiner's Iris Gardens and taking in all the beautiful flowers this spring when I came across this beautiful Lupine. I captured them in mixed media using watercolor, acrylic ink and colored pencil in a botanical-esque presentation in an unusual size for an eye catching format.  I really like the end result:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Preview of the pieces for "Colored Pencil in Keizer" show

Here are some of my pieces that will be on display in the "Colored Pencil in Keizer" show July 2nd - September 26th at the Keizer Civic Center in Keizer, Oregon. 
All are available for purchase.
"Sweet Mint"

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Psst - Your Tan Lines Are Showing"

A fun mixed media piece titled "Psst - Your Tan Lines Are Showing".  The rabbits are a breed called Tans.  These are two sisters, one is a Blue Tan, the other a Lilac Tan.  Colored pencil, watercolor, pen and ink.  This piece was awarded Reserve in Show at the 2013 American Rabbit Breeders Association annual convention in Harrisburg, PA. 

Available for purchase. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Memories - Roche Harbor, WA

This piece is a bit different from the other mixed media pieces I've done.  In order to meet the criteria for the International Derwent Art Prize competition, everything had to be done with pencil.  I made my own pallet from Derwent Watercolor pencils and used that to create the painted underlayment.  The drawing portion was completed using a combination of Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Prismacolor Premier pencils.  I like the end result.  I hope you do too. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

En Plein air: 6/2/2014

What to do with a cloudy morning. Well, make the most of it. The clouds obscured the mountains in the distance but the sun peeking through made for some interesting ambiance on the hills. This plein air stuff is kind of growing on me.  
I'm considering posting an invitation to the members of the local art guild to join me riverside but I doubt they would find the 5am hour to be a sane time to be painting. And I rather enjoy the quiet solitude. I've never been one to need a crowd to enjoy what I'm doing.