Sunday, February 1, 2009

A long time

It was a long time ago
colored pencil on Rising Museum Board
4.5 x 6.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

My apologies for such sparse posting of late. I'm still busy with design work, which is a good thing for my pocketbook, but does tend to sap my enthusiasm. However I am still working out the details for my colored pencil series. This past week I tried the study above on Rising Museum Board. I'm not sure about using this support however. It has a feel similar to Stonehenge yet slightly harder, didn't seem to accept quite so many layers as easily.

But I am all about planning these days. I have been revisiting old, old photo references, sorting them into categories, scanning a few to see what improvements I can make, that sort of thing. I have also been revisiting the writings of Annie Dillard and Charlotte Mason. All of you homeschoolers out there are probably familiar with Charlotte Mason's nature studies. While doing a Google search for 'nature studies' I came across this marvelous blog. And I have been investigating other colored pencil artists looking for those who's work I not only admire but also give me pause. I found these three to be especially intriguing, Susan Brooks, Priscilla Humay, and Allen Servoss. All of this somehow fits into the perimaters of where I would like a series of colored pencil works to lead. Now to just get started.


Mary Timme said...

I love the links you provided and I don't even do homeschooling. One of my children did, but I think it drove her nuts as she isn't the most organized person in the world. I'm going to check out more links!

Diahn said...

What a wonderful link - I'd love to do nature studies like these with my boys - maybe this is the motivation I need to start! Thanks!

Now, I'm off to visit those colored pencil artists - you all amaze me with your patience and dedication...

FRANKYE said...

Ann, I watch your blog faithfully and continue to be amazed at your incredible colored pencil work! The grasses in this painting are so soft and full of beautiful color. Your use of atmospheric perspective adds so much to the depth of this painting. Thanks for sharing the links too!

Teresa said...

Your paintings are so inviting... makes me want to walk into them and spend a day... kind of like jumping into the chalk drawings on Mary Poppins! :-)


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