Friday, May 30, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Summer/Fall Class Schedule
I have finally scheduled some workshops at my studio in Kingston for the summer and fall. I will be teaching the same method as previous classes at Sitka Art Center (Oregon) and Tiggy's in Canada. Here is the general course description:
Friday, May 16, 2008
"Self Proclaimed" 9x10"
I am happy to say that this piece was juried into the Colored Pencil Society’s International Show at the Seattle Convention Center this year. This one qualifies me for my Five Year Merit award within the society so I am very happy that juror Jeffery Moose (Jeffery Moose Gallery of Seattle) felt it should be included. It is 100% colored pencil, as per the show's requirements, and I was reminded while creating it why I now work in mixed media. Major time consumer!
The subject might be familiar to some of you. It is a neon sign for a diner in the SODO District of Seattle down on 4th Avenue. I have never eaten there so I can’t attest to the fish claim but it made a nice drawing!
Hope you like it and that you can make it to see the show if you are in the Seattle area this summer. Please visit www.cpsa.org and click on “Events” for more information on this year’s International Exhibition.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
My Favorite Colors
This posting is to answer one of the most asked questions I get as an instructor– what colors do you use the most or in other words, what are your favorite colors? I am going to list my favorite Prismacolor colored pencil colors as this is the brand I use the most. They are not in any particular order but the bolded ones I consider “uber” favorites. You will probably be surprised by some of these choices since I am known mainly for my animal art but without these superstars my work would be flat and lifeless.
Limepeel – Great for cat eyes, fur, and bright blades of grass.
AQUAMARINE – Most favorite color! Adds life to fur, eyes, everything. A little goes a long way so be careful.
GINGER ROOT – Perfect for light colored animal fur like on Golden Labs.
Deco Blue – discontinued color so if you see it anywhere get it. Nice for shadows on white or light colored areas.
PARMA VIOLET – Just a pretty color, perfect for adding to objects that are predominately red/brown or sienna like a Golden Retriever’s coat. (Complimenatry,eh!)
Pale Vermillion – Another bright, lively color that works well when added near green (grass or cat eyes), think Wayne Thiebeau style.
Poppy Red – Use much like Pale Vermillion.
Mineral Orange – A nice, subtle orange that brightens brown eyes, and the coats of light brown to red animals.
Henna – The base color for many animal noses, mouths, tongues, and other mucosa.
Eggshell – A little darker version of Cream in the Lightfast line of colors. Nice when paired with Ginger Root.
Dark Umber – A good, dark brown with some red in it so it isn’t flat.
Indigo – Perfect substitute for Black as long as you don’t add any light color over it. White over Indigo creates a pale blue color that isn’t always desirable.
IMPERIAL VIOLET – This color and Violet are always added to the shadows in my drawings to add life to the image and create depth.
Violet – See above.
Peacock Blue – This is an interesting greenish-blue that works well in the shadows of greenery and makes a nice addition to the cool shadows of animals and other subjects.
Pumpkin Orange – A stronger version of Mineral Orange and used in much the same way only more sparingly.
French Grays – All the percentages of these grays are very useful for establishing values. I like them best because they are cast toward the brown tones and therefore warm.
Peach Beige – This is a good neutral when working on light subjects, especially white animals.
Green Ochre – Finally, a good, natural green to use for grass, trees, ect.
SPANISH ORANGE – This color can brighten up just about anything with just a light layer or make a big statement with just a little line.
There you have it. These are by no means the only pencils I use (I pretty much use them all) but these are certainly standouts that I seek out more often than not.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I would like you all to meet "Val", my current commission. She is a LARGE and in charge Rott mix that a client of mine just adores. Those of you who just took my Animal Features workshop will recognize the technique I am using. The top image shows the whole piece and you can see that I have inked the entire piece black except for the brown areas that are blocked in with watercolor.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Chez Two Dog
So I am back home and getting caught up on the mundane tasks around chez Two Dog. I had a great time in Canada at Jackie's studio (www.tiggy's.ca) as always and have posted an image from the class. Scout and I are going to miss being up there but look forward to returning in September to teach more workshops.