Friday, February 15, 2013

Best Pals - SOLD

'Best Pals'  sold 
5" x 7" 
colored pencil on Ampersand Pastelbord

Finally finished. :) Usually when I have a painting that takes me a long time to complete I end up feeling frustrated, and I lose interest. But not this time. This drawing was a joy from beginning to end. A few bumps in the road that caused me a bit of a headache, but overall a complete joy. I really love how it turned out. 

I have a bunch of photos of my son playing with his toys that I think I'll start working on too. All in this beautiful light. I'm excited. 

Technique note: This drawing ate up a LOT of my colored pencils. The sanded surface of the pastelbord is very abrasive and hard on the pencils, I wore probably five of them down to little nubs by the time this was finished. 

But on the positive side, this surface doesn't require much layering. It is a very direct process, which was a sanity saver for me. I have come to realize that I am getting bored with layering paint, I'm an impatient person. ;) I will have to see if I can adapt my watercolor process to get the results I want but avoid all the layering (glazing of color) I typically do.

Have a great weekend everyone. :) See you Monday!

17 comments:

  1. Well worth your efforts and your pencils. An outstanding piece. Bravo!

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  2. Really love this one! For a colored pencil piece you are going at extremely fast pace! I can't agree that a week is a long time for completing such a complicated piece... I would love to see how your direct painting looks in comparison to the layered ones -- I think each technique has its own merit and I do want to learn how to paint by glazing in watercolor with you some time soon in the future, since there is a beautiful glow in your watercolor that can only be achieved by glazing. But I'm sure the direct painting you do will have a different kind of freshness and bold expression like your oils! I'm so looking forward to your new adventures...

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  3. OUTSTANDING!!! I love this painting, Crystal..the colors are amazing...wonderful job.

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  4. It turned out MARVELOUS!!!!! Love it!!

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  5. I'm not surprised you wore down your pencils, the saturated colour in this piece is wonderful. Looking forward to more pieces along this line, glad you took all those pictures :-) Interesting new development in your process, love how it's always evolving

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  6. It's so beautiful, and amazingly made with color pencils.Bravo!

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  7. Crystal, this pencil work is superb!!! I LOVE all the "tiger orange" running over the T-shirt, floor, jeans ... and his hair! What a phenomenal job! I think it was worth a few pencils. :)
    I will be very interested to see if you can come up with a one-stroke-does-all watercolor technique.

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  8. OMG that's so sweet, how can it be so tiny?! I want that Tiger and I want it N·O·W *cuddles*

    This means the wip jinx is officially broken? yeah!

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  9. This is SO beautiful! Not just the subject, but the orange and blue together are stunning and I love how they reflect in the hair, clothes and skin. You are just SUCH a remarkable Artist - You really are! :0)

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  10. Je suis très heureuse aujourd'hui d'admirer votre travail accompli. Et quelle merveille !
    Je vous félicite. La lumière que vous avez aussi capturée est extraordinaire.
    gros bisous

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  11. Hello Crystal:) What a beautiful result! Some how I can see you put a lot of love in this drawing/painting. Very nice. You are very talented:) Have a nice day!

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  12. superb crystal ! ..you must be pleased with this one .

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