Stages of Edie; Colored Pencil added to Watercolor

February 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

In this last stage of the mixed media piece of Edie, I add colored pencil to the watercolor after it is thoroughly dried or I may add water soluble colored pencil while still drying. This adds vibrancy to the gradations and greater clarity and richness to the work.  Edie’s face contains a wonderful portrayal of the concept of yin and yang.  Balance and harmony is achieved as we find the lights within the dark areas and the darks with the light. What a great face!!!!

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Stages of Edie; Adding Watercolor to the Contour

February 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

The next stages of the drawing of Edie involves adding watercolor to the colored pencil contour.  For this piece, I used a 280-300 lb Fabriano hotpress watercolor paper that does not move when moistened and provides smooth washes.

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Joe and Frankie

November 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

One last view of the drawing of Joe and his Boston Terrier, Frankie as a pup.  I’ve been working on revisions and at some point I have to say I’m done!!

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Final Version of the Drawing of Joe and Frankie

October 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Nearing the final stages of the mixed media drawing of our grandson Joe and his Boston Terrier Frankie.  I had originally thought it would be watercolor with colored pencil, however I found pastel provided the drama and abstractions where needed.  The pose was a difficult one and  I was very unsure of it.  However, time and the light play over the subjects led to subtle nuances which added to the story line. Plus I enjoy this tender moment in Joe’s relationship with Frankie.

Using Form as Framework

July 16, 2015 § 2 Comments

This is a watercolor of my Mother holding my sister, Karlin.  My Mother’s form was not completed with detail, but instead was used a  stabilizing and supporting element surrounding the baby.  Notice how the arms and legs of the mother leads you into the area of focus; the child.

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Sunflower

May 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

ImageThis is one of my first attempts at pairing watercolor with colored pencil of a tall sunflower past it’s prime.

Rough Stage with Watercolor for The Pileated Woodpecker

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This is the next stage completing the washes of watercolor for the pileated woodpecker.  This leg in the journey accomplishes a roughing in of the colors and composition.  I currently am using watercolor to allow greater freedom with my drawing and provide more intensity.  Do many of you work with mixed media and if so, what are your techniques?

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