Portland right now is living up to the old song lyric, “the weather outside is frightful” as a steady batch of snow hits us. This not only means all the little birds are flocking to my feeders (except the hummingbird feeder which is currently inside thawing out), but also means I need to type quickly before we lose power.
So, without wasting any further online time, let’s get started with a quick announcement…
Updated Gallery Pages!!!
One of this month’s Big Chores was to give my website a little tidy up. Not only have I cleaned up some dead links and refreshed a few book summaries, but I have also (finally) updated my gallery pages. YAY!!!!
The pages now contain my most recent work. I’ve also revised my purchasing policies to offer free shipping to U.S. addresses. (Folks lucky enough to not live in the U.S. must absorb a tiny bit of the hefty U.S. Postal Service’s international shipping fees…sorry).
So, if you happen to be looking for a way to kill a little time, feel free to wander the gallery for a bit – I encourage you to have wine and nibbles on hand to make it seem like a true art event.
New Work = New Future Project
Sometimes a picture just grabs my eye and I think, “I gotta try that.” Such was the case when I came across Lillian Bell’s photo of billiard balls.
I mean c’mon…shiny surfaces, reflections, bright colors…that’s what I love taking a stab at. So, I got my paper and pencils ready and jumped in. Of course, it didn’t take long to come up with some silly titles for this piece like “Nice Rack” or “Check Out Those Balls.”
Getting the shading right on the balls wasn’t too difficult and I had a great time working the reflections of one ball on the surface of another ball. But the deeper I got into the project the more I wish I hadn’t been in such a hurry to jump right in.
The depth of colors, especially the darker shades, was tricky to achieve and I still wish the color appeared more saturated or intense. This could have been partially solved by using a watercolor base layer under the colored pencil as a little “boost.” But by the time I thought about using this technique that I keep meaning to try out, I was more than half way done.
As always, the background proved to be the toughest part and I’m still not super thrilled with it. Just as I finished this piece, another too-late idea came into mind that I should have used Dura-Lar film with a white backing board to really enhance the color of the balls.
As it is, I mostly like this piece, but I think it’s one that will definitely go in the Try Again file (when I will also be a little more careful when rendering those curves…some are a bit off).
Okay everyone, thanks for stopping by. I’m now off to get some entertainment by watching people attempt to drive up (and down) the now-very-snowy hill I live on.
How’s the weather where you are? Have any projects looming in your Try Again file?