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Watching – Stippling, Using Pen and Ink

Snow Leopard

Stippling with Pen and Ink

Stippling
Stippling, Snow Leopard – Pen and Ink

Many, many, many tiny dots later the leopard piece is complete.  Stippling uses tiny dots to create solid and shaded areas.  Sections that contain large concentrations of dots close together, as seen in the eyes, create depth.  Fewer dots with greater spacing are used to form the leaves producing a soft presence of the leaves. 

For this particular piece I used tinted paper.

Size: 15 X 12 completed in 2012

 

The technique of pointillism which incorporates colored dots 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

 

Other Pen and Ink pieces on my site: 

Click on thumbnails below.

 

 

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Beginnings

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 17 x 12 Soft Pastel and Charcoal

Obtaining a Black Belt is often seen as the end of a journey, but really it is only the beginning.

“What we call the beginning is often the end.  And to make an end is to make a beginning.  The end is where we start from.”  T.S. Eliot

 

Aren’t beginnings great? This past year has been full of many beginnings for me.  It isn’t always easy to start something new.   Maybe it is because we get comfortable with the routine of our life, or we don’t think we can do it.  Pushing forward into something new, venturing out into a new job, or moving is never easy; but it is often filled with great rewards, sometimes more than we could ever imagine.  Personally, I am glad there are beginnings.

 

 

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Tears of Love

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

                                                                                                        Kahlil Gibran

Love Tears

Last week our community lost an amazing woman.

  A woman of great Faith, Hope and Love.

These tears are for you, because I love you!

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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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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! 🙂