Friday, August 12, 2011

Daybreak

Daybreak
colored pencil on Rising Museum Board
10.5 x 13.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Here it is, more or less finished. I am stopping on this for the time being anyway, although I may go back and tweak a few things here and there after I have looked at it a while. I have to say that the sand/beach area was the most challenging area of the entire drawing. In the end it was cotton swabs that saved the day. They were just right for lightly smooshing (art terminology) the color together to get that sandy texture. I don't know that I'll try another one this large for a while, but I am glad that I did this piece in this size. I know it's not that large by any leap of the imagination, but it was just enough of a jump in scale to create new challenges for me. However, with smaller sized pieces I can explore many more ideas in the same space of time. So I figure it's a good thing to stretch yourself every now and again, just to keep everything fresh.

22 comments:

MaryO said...

Simply breathtaking, Ann, congratulations!

Jeanne @The Noodle Factory said...

Really well done. Your spot on rendering of two such different textures (water and sand) is really impressive. I'm not quite sure how you used cotton swabs on color pencil. I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

That is stunningly beautiful! The texture of the sand is perfect. Who knew cotton swabs could do that?

Shirley said...

Beautiful Ann. All of your hard work really paid off tremendously.

AutumnLeaves said...

Breathtaking is the right word, Ann! So beautiful and it gives me a sense that it is I walking towards the waters of this beach. Sigh...

Alex said...

all I can say is..... WOWWW! =) Congratulations Ann... it would have taken me a few lifetimes to finish a work like that, at least a lifetime to learn how to do it right.

Cathy Holtom said...

You're hard work paid off, this is beautiful. I have given up on sand in the past, I will try the cotton bud 'smoosh' next time!

Katherine Thomas said...

10 x 13 is pretty big for colored pencil! And you did an amazing job with the waves and the sand! I always thought it would be difficult to do waves with our pencils, but you've handled them beautifully! I love it!

Lotus said...

Wow!
I am so glad I got to "watch" you in action! It was great seeing your progress through this amazing picture! Colored pencil? Really? lol!
Wonderful!!!
Lotus

Jennifer Edwards said...

Oooh...breathtaking! The light just emanstes off the water! Beautifully done!

whatidoisme said...

I've been following your progress with this, Ann - the final result is lovely. Well done on all the hard work that went into this!
Sue

Mary Walker said...

This is amazing, all the work you put into it has really paid off!

debra morris said...

Beautiful Ann!

Jennifer Rose said...

gorgeous :D
the sand looks great, has lots of colour and shape to it, just like the real thing :)

nanke's stuff said...

Ann, it really is stunning! I so admire your patience and skill in the beautiful execution of such a challenging subject. I'm going to remember the cotton swab trick! nancy

Teresa Mallen said...

Terrific job Ann! The beach looks gorgeous - any challenges you had definitely don't show. The piece is beautifully rendered. I could stare at it for a very long time. :-)

Dan Kent said...

A glorious finish!! Every part of it looks great to me.

Saint Ursula said...

It's simply incredible.

kazumiwannabe said...

This is my favorite moment to enjoy the beauty of nature, too. It's a wonderful piece, it renders the moment perfectly, the beauty and the peace of it.

Valley Art Project said...

This is Beautiful!

freebird said...

It looks wonderful. I can feel the sand between my toes!

Teresa said...

The highest compliment I can pay you is that it makes me long to walk on that shore.

Beautiful, Ann!

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