Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Roots - finished

Roots
colored pencil on Rising Museum board
8 x 8 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Here is the finish of the piece I showed here as a work-in-progress last week. This was a fun piece to work on, yet somewhat like figuring out a puzzle, what with all the different textures and dappled light.
This is what it looked like once I had the composition filled in with all the local color. I was happy with this for the most part, but felt it was still a little flat.
So I upped the contrast in some areas by going in with black. Yes, the black colored pencil, lightly over some of the shadowed areas to punch up the darks. I believe this was the first time I have used black in a colored pencil drawing. I usually rely on the darks of various hues to create those near black values. But in this case I felt that I made the right decision. I also warmed up the sunlit areas with a cream color. So here you see the finished version, same as the image at the top of the post.

Now it's off to the next drawing, or painting. We are enjoying these quiet days before we get back into our usual school routine next week. And our house is still decorated for the holidays. Yep, need to get all of that sorted out and put away. The new year is here. I'd better get busy!

25 comments:

Revelle said...

WOW!!! awesome!

Vicki Holdwick said...

Ann,

I so love your use of color. I'd like you to come and stay at my house for about a week so I could do some art with you.

You rock!!

xoxo

Florence's Art said...

These are so pretty, I love all the color you put in.

ffyrebird said...

This is absolutely amazing! The colorwork is beautiful.

Jennifer Lawson said...

So interesting, Ann. it almost looks like knitting.

debra morris said...

Beautiful Ann!

Jennifer Rose said...

wonderful work :D
using the black was a good choice, doesn't make it look flat at all like black can on some pieces

Shirley said...

Lovely colorful tree!

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

Whoa-I can see the eye boggling puzzle! Nice job with texture and light!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Ann, I like the color of light dancing on the tree root. It reminds me of the woods around here on a sunny day. Nice composition!

Vic said...

I love this beautiful piece of work,wonderful array of colours.

E*phi said...

I'm in absolute awe and wonder. I really do admire your colored pencil skills. And the patience this must have taken. Fantastic drawing!

Cathy Holtom said...

Beautifully done, I love twisted roots on trees. Strange the odd times I use black is on trees too!

kazumiwannabe said...

Fantastic color work! I loved seeing the work in progress, as usual ^^! It's a beautiful subject and a wonderful drawing.
Bonne Année 2011, I wish you all the best!

Deborah said...

I can't say enough about this beautiful piece of artwork. It might just be my favorite that you've ever done. It is a powerful image, filled with color, pattern, great composition, light, everything. It simply has it all. You have done a remarkable job with this. Thanks for sharing!!!!

nanke's stuff said...

It reminded me of knitting too! It's just lovely with all the textures, colors, and patterns in it. nancy

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Truly beautiful.

Peachtreeart said...

Great to see the sunlight come together!

Dan Kent said...

Magnificent.

AutumnLeaves said...

Ann! This is so absolutely gorgeous!! I am a tree lover, all things nature, and green is my favorite color. Mix in all these delights of color and I find myself wanting to just wallow in this piece!! Truly a favorite!

I also want to thank you so much for your sweet gift to me. It was such a spirit raiser at a time I really needed those spirits lifted. I hope that I can make it beautiful, as you do!

Ann said...

Wow. Thank you all so much for all of your wonderfully supportive comments! You all keep me inspired!

And Sherry, you are welcome :-)

Alex said...

as expected, the result is totally out of this world Ann =]
I love looking at them again and again

Tahirih said...

Oohh...I love these roots. They have a very mystical feeling to me, and the colors are wonderful:)

Teresa said...

This is wonderful! You're so patient... all those hues and details. My hat's off to you!

jill said...

absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

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