Friday, November 14, 2014

Strokes Of Genius Vol. 6 : Value / Lights & Darks by North Light Books

I am so very honored and proud to have had one of my images placed in this book of wonderful drawings.  Colored Pencil, Pen & Ink, Pastel, Graphite and much more.  My work "Harley's Davidson"  Colored Pencil can be found on page 51, as seen below.

A link to the North Light Book is HERE.

Of the 1500 entries submitted there are 140 great images.  If you are into drawing this is a must see book.  I received my copy on Monday and now that classes are finished for the week I can't wait to drink in each and every drawing, along with a hot cup of coffee that is!

Happy scribbling everyone. 

Gloria Callahan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

More 2014 Plein Air Colored Pencil Works

I promised you more Plein Air pieces and here they are:

"Pier 22 Annapolis Docks" a 8 X 6" Colored Pencil on Ampersand Pastelboard completed during a weekend workshop on location at the docks.  My BFF and fellow plein air junkie, Kathy Scott also worked at this view in her native oil paints.

In Sept. we attended a plein air workshop from Oil Painter - Barbara Nuss who's book on Composition we both own and hold in high regard.  Which can be purchased from her at her website HERE or at a Barnes and Nobles.

Now again most workshops I attend in plein air are for other media, not colored pencil.  But I always feel you can learn from other artists in their approach and palette.   I just translate in my head the colors they mix or demonstrate into my well known Prismacolor shades.  Black Grape, Moss green etc.

To the right is Kathy's 10 X 8" piece done in Oil "Dockside Bar"  Her piece was also finished in the studio afterwards.  To view more of Kathy's work her website can be viewed HERE You can see the differences two artists observe in the same view.  It is the artist's prerogative to add or remove elements they find distracting to their subject.

The view across from the main dock area was in constant motion.  The large sail boat Woodwind II from my piece, came and went in the 4 hours we painted in the sun.  A large bay charter boat came and went from slip 22 every hour and a half.  Blocking our view and making us move our set up spot initially.  But such are the perils of working in the fresh air!  

The above shown pieces were from our second day of the workshop, Sunday.   On the prior day, Saturday we watched a demo Barbara completed from the window of the Quiet Waters State Park in Annapolis, MD, while we waited for the rain to clear.  Then it was out to the South River view to take it on for ourselves.

So my "South River View" an 8 X 8" Colored Pencil on Ampersand Pastelboard came to be.  Now again, my colored pencil works are usually near 75% complete on location, with the build up of layers and saturation of color added afterward.

We concluded our trip to Maryland with a detour thru Chads Ford, PA to see the homes and studios of N. C. Wyeth and his son Andrew.  What a treat!

I do have a few more works yet to see the finishing touches from other 2014 plein air adventures in CP.

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Back To The Blog - Summer and Fall Plein Air Colored Pencil Works

Finally after a very busy Fall I am getting back to blogging.  My apologies for letting things slide here on the blog.  But on the positive note I have been creating out in the Open (Plein) Air.     Which was one of my goals for 2014.  The piece to the left is one started on site in June at a location in the Bellevue area of Richmond, as part of the VA Plein Air Painters group of which I am a member.  It is currently on exhibit at "Stir Crazy" the local Bellevue area coffee shop, as part of our group exhibit.  The lovely home at 1622 Pope St.  is featured only in part here because this was not intended to be a home portrait.  But it was to be a study in the dappled light falling on the lawn and seen thru the trees between the lots.  
Thus the title: Dappled Light - 1622 Bellevue SOLD

The scan of this piece is reading a little red and with a slight cast of acid yellow which does not appear on the original piece.  But I gave up trying to tweak it in Photoshop.  If it does not sell at the show I will photograph the piece again to get a better image truer to the original's color. 

10 X 8 Colored Pencil on Ampersand Pastelboard.  I would say 70 percent of the image was done on site with the final saturation of color completed in the studio.  We worked about 4 and 1/2 hours on site that day.  

Prior to putting the finishing touches on this work I had started several pieces in plein air this season and am in the process of putting finishing touches on the rest.  Our Plein Air group considers works done en Plein Air, works that where 85% of the image is finished on site. (No matter the media)  So this one is noted as Plein Air and Studio for that reason in the show.   Accomplishing 85% in one working period out of doors is a feat I have only accomplished a few times in CP and the results are smaller works generally.  Unless I can use a toned board, but that effects the overall colors in the works due to the translucent nature of CP.

Look forward to the next installment on my 2014 Plein Air Season and my new addition!

Gloria Callahan

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