When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

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Windswept, NC

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Windswept, NC - finished! 24 x 18 inches, mainly Oil Pastels
Windswept, NC Cypress, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, North Carolina – 24 x 18 inches  mainly oil pastel on paper, graphite, watercolor pencils…setting this aside to study it for a while…there are interesting parts in this drawing, but it needs something more dramatic besides the tree. A stormy sky maybe, or just leave it alone or crop it, not sure.  Detail images:

Windswept, NC - top detail
Windswept, NC - bottom detail

Windswept, NC – work progress

Monday, January 28th, 2008

                                Cypress, KittyHawk, NC - 24 x 18 Oil Pastels 

Windswept Cypress, Kitty Hawk, NC almost finished 24 x 18 inches, started as mixed media, now primarily oil pastels.

Comments about process: experimented with a soft blended look, tried choppy with blocks of color, scraping everything off and starting over a few times, but the nature of the windswept branches really calls for the drama of lines and contours. Painting water over the watercolor pencils had little effect, except to weaken and warp the paper, which is already almost unworkable because of so much scraping, so this one’s almost done.

Lizard Love

Friday, January 25th, 2008

 

Lizard Love, Fort Worth Zoo, Texas USA, 11 X 14 inch photograph

Lizard Love – Photography, 11 x 14 inches prints available with black mat, total size 16 x 20 inches. The Fort Worth Zoo has the best amphibian displays. Visiting a zoo or botanical park can do wonders to lift the Winter Blues!

 

Windswept, NC – phase 2

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Cypress, Kitty Hawk, NC - 24 x 18 inches graphite, oil pastel, watercolor pencils
Windswept, NC Cypress, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks – 24 x 18 inches graphite, oil pastel, watercolor pencils, mixed media experimental, work in progress. Low light conditions today, so the photo below left, is dark.  I find that manipulating colors and contrasts digitally to correct them never works for these type of drawings, so included are two scanned portions showing accurate colors.
Plans now are to erase some of the color, then see what happens when painting lightly over some of the watercolor-penciled areas; there will be some resist because of the oil pastel base. I don’t mind taking this drawing beyond this stage because while portions are intersting, the cypress alone is not enough compositionally as I had hoped; it’s rather boring on its own. Some hints of background or interaction with another element is necessary, and once I drew the fence in, am disappointed with it in there now that I see it.

Cypress, Kitty Hawk, NC - work in progress, phase 2   Cypress, Kitty Hawk, NC - scanned detail; accurate colors (work in progress)

Windswept, NC – started

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Cypress, Outer Banks, NC - work in progress

Windswept Cypress, Outer Banks, NC, USA, 24 x 18 inches work in progress: Sculptural, windswept cypress are common ornamentals in yards along the Outer Banks, North Carolina. This started as a graphite drawing, then added some energy and a few problems to solve with the use of oil pastels, which were mostly scraped away before continuing with watercolor pencils. Hoping to see the effects or textures created by mixing oil and water mediums.

Frozen

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Moth in frozen pond water
1st image: a deteriorating moth captured in ice
Oak leaf frozen in back yard pond water

Salt Spring Island Fog

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Salt Spring Island Fog, B.C. Canada, 18H x 24W inches graphite, dry pastels, colored pencils on paper, framed size 29H x 35W x 3D inches                    
Salt Spring Island Fog, B.C. Canada, 18H x 24W inches graphite, dry pastels, colored pencils on paper, framed size 29H x 35W x 3D inches Drawing details:
Salt Spring Island - bottom left detail

Salt Spring Island Fog, detail Salt Spring Island Fog, detail

Credit to my Dad, Jim Drury for the photo references.

Salt Spring Island Fog work in progress

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Salt Spring Island, B.C. early morning - phase 01  Salt Spring Island, B.C. early morning - phase 02

Salt Spring Island Fog, B.C. Canada, 16H x 22W inches graphite, dry pastels, colored pencils. Stages 1 and 2 work in progress

Awe

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

2:06 p.m. yesterday

2:11 p.m. yesterday
2 p.m. Afternoon sky casting a bright, silvery light, with the cloud formations echoing the tall grasses in the foreground.

A New Day

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

It’s a New Day - after day one

A New Day 20 x 26 inches dry pastels on scarlet orange charcoal paper –  Day 1 and Day 2 work in progress. Using pure color has an incredible effect and change on the mood; mind, and in the work. Metaphorically, it feels like a brand new day!

A New Day, 20 x 26 inches dry pastels on scarlet orange charcoal paper, cream colored mat

Details:

A New Day, 20 x 26 inches dry pastels on scarlet orange charcoal paper, details  It’s a New day - detail, bottom right

 

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