Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wishing Tree

Wishing Tree
5.5 x 7.5 inches
colored pencil on Rising Museum Board
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
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Here's my most recent landscape on Rising Museum Board. I am really liking this surface. With this one I wanted to see if I could keep the color softer and more muted, in order to make the tree appear a little mysterious or magical. So I did a grisaille using warm grays before adding color. It may just be my imagination, but doing a grisaille first that is addressing only the values in an image does seem to speed up the process a bit. At least it's a method I am enjoying and I think the result ties the color together better. The image comes from a beautiful old live oak at the Outer Banks, NC, beside the old Whalehead Club house.


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Carolyn said...

This is so beautiful!

Alex said...

Really nice details on the blades of grass and the tree trunk. As if you could almost feel the grooves and all.
I've always like big old trees ^^ This could be potentially one of those trees people toss their shoes over, like I've seen many times on films :D

Anonymous said...

ohhhhhhhhhhh Ann.......this is so soft and lovely...definitly a magical tree! But instead of shoes, maybe different colored glass jars/bottles...or maybe just the way it is.......really nice!....deni.......;)

Jennifer Rose said...

no its not your imagination :) doing a grisaille cuts down so much time its not even funny :) It is so much easier to colour areas when the values are already there

this is a really nice looking tree. Great bark texture and it does have a very soft but bright look to it :)

MILLY said...

I do like your colours, lots of great detail in this tree.

Teresa said...

Ann, this is flat out GORGEOUS!! I love the soft, muted colors. Haven't tried using a grisaille underpainting yet... but perhaps I should!

Mary Timme said...

I really like this one Ann, it whispers to the viewer.

Ann said...

Mary - that is just what I was after! You said it so well.


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