Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A little scribbling

Daniel Boone Gardens
colored pencil on pastel board
5 x 7 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Here's a piece that I did last week using pastel board. It has been quite some time since I have used this support for colored pencil and when I found a stray pastel board while rummaging around my supplies looking for something else (naturally) I decided to have a little fun.
I first sketched my composition onto the pastel board with Neocolor II water soluble crayons. I wanted to keep the feel of the piece loose and impressionistic. I intentionally chose bold colors for this underpainting step, knowing that the translucent nature of colored pencil would allow some of this highly saturated color to influence the colors placed on top. After I had scribbled in my areas of color, I washed the Neocolor with water. Above is what it looked like after that step, when the washes had dried.
 Then I went in with colored pencil. I prefer Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils when working on sanded surfaces. They are softer than my usual Faber-Castell Polychromos. Because of their softness, Coloursofts behave more like pastel pencils on the sanded surface of the pastel board. An effect that I like. My only regret with the process that I used for this piece is that I wished I hadn't started with such a dark blue in the sky. I would have liked the sky to be a lighter value at the end, something I couldn't achieve once I had that darker value of blue in place with the Neocolor wash. Oh well. It was a fun piece to play around with. And I am happy that I had the restraint to stop before I refined to many areas with detail. I do like the impressionistic feel where the mark making is evident and left alone. Pictured above is the finished piece, same as at the top of the post. I hope you don't mind seeing these pieces in stages like this. I never know if it would be interesting to anyone else or not. I know I always enjoy seeing works-in-progress that other artists share and hope you do too.

24 comments:

Vicki Holdwick said...

Ann,

This is wonderful; thank you for sharing the process.

xoxo

magpie said...

these are beautifully done.
makes me wnat to pull out my pastels - untouched in years...
i found you through the everyday matters group.
love the series of paintings too.

Marmsk said...

This is very interesting and I was interested in the process! The end result is lovely, I must try a landscape sometime if I can get up the courage.

Dan Kent said...

Very beautiful! The process is interesting - I don't really understand it, but I am fascinated that the impressionistic turned into your result. It is evident that you do not have the slightest idea how to scribble.

Sue said...

Ann, I'm always learning, so I do appreciate your sharing your creative process. Good impressionism is difficult to achieve. This is beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

PAMO said...

I love seeing your process! I never thought to do an under-coloring for pencil work.
I'm in awe, really, of how beautiful this is.

BarbaraB said...

These are gorgeous! I've learned a lot from your explanation.

Sara Light Waller said...

I love reading about your process. :-) Thanks for sharing it with us.

Gillian said...

This is very much my 'cup of tea' - I like the impressionistic glimpse you've given us of a summer scene that radiates warmth. Thanks for the WIPs too. x

Katherine Thomas said...

It's wonderful. You achieved the softness of pastel AND the detail of colored pencil all in one gentle scene! Very nicely done! I enjoyed reading the process, too. It was very inspiring!

AutumnLeaves said...

Not only beautiful Ann, but you have me thinking too. I'm noticing the sunlit tips on the bushes, trees and grasses. I never seem to incorporate the sun in a landscape and it brings depth and life to a piece. I think the colors are gorgeous and I really like the purple in the background trees.. Really stunning piece!

nanke's stuff said...

I really like seeing and reading about the process artists go through when making their art. This is a lovely piece, and I've never thought to do a water soluble crayon under painting when using colored pencils. What a great idea! It's a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing. nancy

Alex said...

This is GORGEOUS! And I totally appreciate the steps too ^^

donna said...

I love seeing works in progress and I love the impressionistic look of this work.

ffyrebird said...

This is absolutely lovely! Thank you for giving us a glimpse of how it was made!!

drawn2life said...

Scribbling?? Wow! This is gorgeous! It doesn't look like colored pencil at all...more like pastel to me. I've never seen colored pencil with this intense color. Just lovely.

raena said...

I LOVE it when you show the steps like this, and learn from it! Please don't stop! This was very interesting and educational!

Deborah said...

Wonderful! I like to use colored pencil with some sort of underpainting; I've used watercolor, markers, but honestly never thought of using Neocolor II's. I don't know why! This is a beautiful piece and I love that you shared the process.

MILLY said...

I have been enjoying catching up on your work. It has been a while, so best wishes for 2011 and hope you manage to achieve the balance with all the demands on your time.
I have always loved your pencil drawings so glad to read you are hoping to do more.
The tree roots is such a lovely piece, love the detail.
milly

Susan Walker Art said...

ANOTHER lovely piece! I find it is like an old friend when I rediscover a material. What fun. Great results.

kazumiwannabe said...

It's gorgeous. The way the light plays really makes you get the feeling of the place, like entering into the picture : ) !
Personnally I love it when you explain your process. It's very interesting. I put it in a corner of my mind for experimenting, one day!

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

Ann I liked every step of the way! Winter is a great time to experiment and play - and think of summer.

Ann said...

Thank you all so much for your kind and thoughtful comments. Every one of your opinions really mean a lot to me :-)

Teresa said...

LOVE seeing the stages in your work! So interesting. That little patch of bright yellow/green grass just pops right out. Beautiful!

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