Sunday, November 16, 2008

Something different

Low Country
8 x 10 inches
colored pencil on pastel board
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

I have heard that in order to allow something new to come into your life that first you must make room for it by clearing out the old. Makes sense to me. Otherwise where is that something new going to go? So I am preparing for the next thing by clearing out some of the things that may be in the way. My creative ideas need shaking up. Plus I am quickly running out of storage space in my little studio/cubicle where I make my art works. Sorting through my art works the other day I decided to try selling some of these pieces through a blog dedicated to sales. You can see what I have set up here at Ann Thompson Nemcosky. I plan to add an additional piece to sell every few days and I am sure it won't be long before it starts to fill up with art works. If you like you can subscribe to my sales blog so you don't miss any updates.

In the image above I tried a different approach with colored pencil. I acquired a nice set of Prismacolor Art Stix a while back (thanks Donn!) and tried them out with this piece. First I drew the entire image with the art stix on the pastel board, much like how I would approach a pastel painting. In fact, the process seemed almost the same as using pastel. Then I washed all the color with a solvent, softening some of the strokes and filling in all the texture of the board with color. Last, I drew over the image with Coloursofts, adding a few details and tightening it up a bit - but not much, I liked the pastel quality I had going. In fact, some areas I applied very little dry colored pencil. The whole process was quite fast, for a colored pencil work anyway.

13 comments:

Margaret Ann said...

Oh my gosh Ann...this just glows with such a soft serene light...so dreamy and rich in color...looks VERY much like a pastel. I love the magic you create with you colored pencils...Fabulous!

Cecelia said...

Beautiful work! I enjoyed looking at your blogs! I just joined Every Day Matters, and found your post. You really have jogged some memories for me. I love Prismacolors. I've seen some gorgeous work done with them. I had my students use those instead of ordinary colored pencils when I was teaching. Once you use Prismacolors, the others just can't measure up.

Luba said...

You do such nice things with colored pencils. What a lovely reflection in the water here!

Linda T said...

This is beautiful. The water is remarkable.

Van said...

Nice effect, Ann. Interesting technique, and the colours are sumptuous. Beautiful scene, too.

Teresa said...

This is gorgeous. The water is stunning. Do you mind if I ask what type of solvent you use/prefer?

genxsters said...

Another stunning piece Ann. What an incredibly peaceful scene. I always love your choices for your layers of colors.

Oh, and thanks for commenting on my watercolor experiments! It's greatly appreciated.

Rachel H said...

I love that - the detail and colours of the grasses in the foreground are really beautiful, and contrast wonderfully withe the colour of the water. Such a relaxing piece.

Monette Satterfield said...

Ann, I love your work. Kate's right, we should start collecting now while we can :)

Ann said...

Thanks everyone for such nice comments :)

The Tile Lady said...

It's very lovely! And thanks for explaining your process as well.
Marie

pavinee said...

Wow! This looks so real I almost thought it's a photo.
I like the touch of pink and the tranquility of the scene. love it!

Keith Black said...

Great examples of what you can do with colored pencils. It makes me want to work with colored pencils. Great work.

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