Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Humph

Yes, I am still mining old photos for these Every Day in May sketches. This one is also brown colored pencil with washed water color pencil in my hand.book journal. I am thinking this will ultimately be a good way to explore compositions for future colored pencil works.

I am still feeling my way with these water color pencils. I like that not all of the marks dissolve and that some are still visable. That is often what attracts me to any media. I am usually drawn to art works that show off the media they were created in. I like to see brush strokes in paintings and linear patterns and the marks of pencil. It is a direction I am headed with my colored pencil works, hopefully. I would like to create pieces that do things a photograph can not.

Speaking of colored pencil works, here are two from this past year that were rejected from the annual CPSA International Exhibition. Now I have been around the block enough times to know that what one juror selects may not be what another would choose. And that's okay. Katherine Tyrrell over at Making a Mark has an informative post highlighting some of the accepted works. It was interesting to have this preview of the exhibition. There are some amazing works in colored pencil. I'll be looking forward to seeing the rest of the show when it becomes available on the CPSA website. In the meantime I thought I'd share an example of what didn't get in. Humph.

*top picture is Edisto Dune, colored pencil on pastel board, 8x10 inches, and bottom is Stratus, colored pencil on pastel board, 11 x 14 inches. All work copyright © Ann Thompson Nemcosky.

10 comments:

angeltreats said...

Hard to believe that either of those two was rejected from anything! Both are wonderful, the first one especially, Edisto Dune. Their loss!

Jennifer Rose said...

lovely water in your sketch :)

I'm of two minds about the CPSA. on one hand I think its great there is a group dedicated to CP work, on the other I think a lot of it has to do with who is popular, not who is talented. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of really nice pieces in the exhibits, but sometimes it seems to be more of a case of who knows who. (I haven't joined not for that reason, mostly because it seems like a bit of a waste of money for what might add some letters to the end of your name :/ )

Teresa said...

Oh, Ann... you're so very talented and your art is simply gorgeous. It's just a matter of time before everybody else finds that out too!

Alex said...

I find no reasons for the rejection... except that they were probably color-blind, or they thought those are actually pictures taken using a camera and photoshopped ^^
I think they are just so good, and your masterful work with blades of grass is constantly having my mouth gaping :D

Rose Welty said...

Ann, you have got it all...your talent speaks for itself and with this post you've proven you have guts. With both, you will find success, in great measure. Chin up my friend!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I especially love Edisto Dune, and I think you are right that some of the fun of the watercolor pencils is the combination of dissolved and undissolved pigments in the lines and washes.

Steve said...

I will chime in here too and say that I am in love with Edisto Dunes. You have captured a real moment there. I look at that piece and am instantly transformed to NC. I smell the salt in the air and feel the sand between my toes. The cool morning breeze and the sunlight dancing over the piece creates such a mood. It truely is a beautiful piece. I am sorry it was rejected.

Carol said...

I don't understand why those were rejected. I think they are beautiful works. I am enjoying your EDin May watercolor sketches:)

ffyrebird said...

I think your work is amazing and the rejected pieces are just wonderful!! I am truly enjoying seeing your EDinM pieces!

genxsters said...

Whatever they think is irrelevant. Your Edisto Dune piece is beautiful. I admire your skill and eye for color. The sand and grass are remarkable here.

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