I’ve been working on this new drawing for about four weeks and the background and top of the glass vase are almost done. It’s a large drawing (about 20 x 15 inches) on Bristol Board, and it’s interesting to switch back to a flat paper surface after working on the textured Rtistx for a couple of pieces. I have to be very careful to leave the whiter/lighter areas intact, as there’s no going back once they go too dark. On the sanded surface, you can keep changing the color, adding whites or light tones on top of darks, nothing is a problem. But on paper that type of option is lost very quickly. I started the background by layering two to four different shades of Caran D’ache Aquarelle pencil colors and then blending the colors with a wet brush. Then I started in with Prismacolor pencils, first using Limepeel, then Grass Green, Olive Green, Peacock Green, Black Cherry and some Dark Umber. Certain lighter places have some Yellow Ochre in them, and most places (except the darkest darks) are burnished with a pale light blue. I know it’s not the most simplistic approach, but I love the color transparencies that one can achieve by layering this way.
My drawing “Amber Bowl” is currently in the Academic Artist Association’s 60th Annual National Exhibition in Springfield, MA, and was awarded the Windsor-Newton Award. The big red letter day fast approaching for all of us colored pencil artists is the announcement of the jurying results for this year’s CPSA International Exhibition, which will be made public on April 26th.