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Little B

Even though the food and presents are always good, it is the time spent with family and friends that I look forward to every Christmas.  I love watching the emerging personalities of my nieces’ children.  Each personality is very unique and strong, it makes for an entertaining evening.   This sketch of Little B is from a photo my husband took on Christmas Eve.  I am not sure what she was doing or thinking, but boy is she cute.

Little B12 x 15 Charcoal Sketch on tinted paper

For this sketch I experiment with different methods of applying and blending charcoal – a definite learning experience.  I found the hair more difficult with this type of paper. Once the charcoal is worked deep into the tooth it is not easily removed to create highlights.  Mental note made for next time :).

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Almost there…Pen and Ink

For this weeks sketch I decided I would try another Pen and Ink.    The technique used is called stippling.  Both pointillism and stippling use tiny dots to create an image.  Pointillism uses primary colors and relies on the eye and the mind to blend them when viewed from a distance.  Stippling uses dots to produce solid and shaded areas.  I am finding this piece a lot of fun, but it is more time-consuming than a sketch.  I have only posted a picture of the eye for the simple reason that the rest of the sketch has not yet been completed.   😉  Hoping to have the completed piece posted in the next couple days.

In the meantime, enjoy these pointillism pieces by Henri-Edmond Cross and Paul Signac.  Make sure you stand back from the picture when you view it to get the full effect as the eye and the mind blend the colors.

 

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The Incomplete Story

I enjoy people’s life stories.  Seeing this elderly woman made me wonder what her story might be. Drawn to her hand, I thought that it might make an interesting sketch.  Looking back I think it was the entire look and demeanor of the woman that intrigued me (or maybe an over active imagination).  I don’t think I got the complete story with this sketch.

As an exercise this sketch was valuable, and I guess that is part of the learning and growing process.  …now, time to move on. 🙂

The Photo

Charcoal Sketch  11 x 14

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White and Black

This time, instead of a black and white, I thought I would give white and black a try…I know, it’s the same thing, kind of. 🙂

Martini - 17 x 11.5 Charcoal on black paper
Martini – 17 x 11.5 Charcoal on black paper

12×18

White Charcoal On Black Paper

  • Simple, Fun, and Therapeutic 

             “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

              Thomas Merton

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The Cooler Side

Banff, Alberta, Canada

…one of my favorite places to visit for many reasons:  beautiful breathtaking scenery for myself and my husband, quaint little gift shops for my girls, and an awesome candy store for my son.

12 x 18 Charcoal Sketch on blue-tinted paper

I am always amazed at the beauty that surrounds us, whether prairie or mountain, sky or earth, old or new – all you have to do is stop and look (or maybe I should say see). 🙂 Inspired after a trip to Banff I decided it was time to try sketch a landscape.   I have to say that it was an experiment and I never intended to finish it.  I wanted to know what effect black and white charcoal would have on blue-tinted paper. When I started the sketch I struggled with the cold feeling.  I really wanted to add brown tones to warm up the sketch, but refrained and I’m glad I did.  I enjoy the cool feel it created.  It fits with our week in Alberta – cold and snow! 🙂

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Paper Probe

Is there a right or wrong paper to use for a graphite or charcoal sketch?  Lately I have come across charcoal art pieces done on a variety of surfaces (newspaper, paper bag, MDF, canvas…)  Each has a unique look and I am sure, and new set of challenges. Time for me to try!  Thought I would start small – see where it goes.

Niska

12×18 Charcoal Sketch

I did this sketch on textured, colored paper.  The challenge was the deep tooth of the paper.

I had to include this quote this week.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ”
Pablo Picasso

There was a lot of “dust” this week – the sketch was a great escape!

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Stippling: Working With Pen-and-Ink

Pointillism is a form of painting using many tiny dots of primary colors to create secondary colors.  This form of painting is very long and laborious and not a very common form used by many artists, however it does create beautiful optical results.  Even though the sleeping dog above is not “painted” using color, it is still created using many tiny dots (points) using pen and ink.  This technique is known as stippling, using dots to create a variety of less and more dense areas.  This technique creates the optical feel of depth where the dots are more concentrated.

Sleeping

In my snow leopard piece titled,Watching I also used stippling to create depth and form.

This technique was developed in late 1880 by George Seurat, a French  painter. http://www.georgesseurat.org/

Also check out Artsy which features 16 artworks by George Seurat, exclusive articles, related artists, and exhibit listings of Seurat works