Friday, May 22, 2015

Had a Hoot in Lindale

Eating lunch in Mineola...a cute town near the workshop

Alan Woollett demonstrated how to do each part of the owl drawing.
This is the twine that goes across the bottom of the piece.  

This is my finished piece next to his example that we used to go by.
The colors are a bit different, just because the copy was a different
shade.  He told us what colors to use for each part, so the
colors are accurate in the real drawing.

I am happy with the finished product.  I did learn a few things.  Most of all,
that I don't take the drawing far enough...detail wise, etc.  And we used
different paper and pencils that I have never used before, so the results are a little
different as well.

This is the nice group of ladies and Alan that I spent the week with.
They were a "hoot"!

Alan Woollett and I...his prize pupil!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Whoooo Can Draw an Owl

Making a little progress on this... almost done with
the owl

This is Alan's drawing...he is demonstrating for us

Monday, May 18, 2015

Student Once More

I am in Lindale, Texas! and this is Maureen Killaby's wonderful
studio.  I am here for a colored pencil workshop taught by an artist
from London, England, Mr. Alan Woollett.

Here is Alan demonstrating for us.  We are all drawing a barn owl
that he has already done.  We began with a light pencil sketch, and then
started with the dark background. This is not how I would regularly work, so
I am glad to try something new!

Her studio is in an old building, kinda  like mine.

This is my dark background, leaving some white
whispy strokes for the feathers.

"The touch of the master's hand...."

This is where we stopped today.  This is my drawing.  I really liked
doing the straw, and making it look like it was receding in the
dark.  I can't wait to start the bird!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Feeling the Blues No More

Finally finished this colored pencil drawing of these blue crabs.
It was a challenge...especially trying to figure out what part went
with who?! But the colors were fun..I like the contrast between the
blues and the oranges. It's an interesting viewpoint.

I am leaving today for a colored pencil workshop in Texas with the
English artist, Alan Woollett.  He does a lot of birds, and I really
admire his work.  It will be fun to meet some other colored pencil
artists, and "talk shop".  I will try to post while I am there.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Best Black-eyes

I have been driving by these black eyed susans
for a couple of weeks now.
I have been wanting to stop and photograph
them, and today, I finally took the time.  It rained again today,
but the sun came out late this afternoon.  It lit up the petals, and gave the
contrast I wanted.  These would be fun to draw or paint.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Germany, Here I Come

My upcoming trip overseas is fast approaching!  I always do a
sketchbook journal during the trip, so I thought I would
go ahead and do the intro page.  I have a couple of travel
guides, so I used the photos in them to do this montage.  It will
be alot of fun to see what I will want to draw and paint in the book...
landscapes filled with mountains and vistas; cityscapes of
ancient buildings and alpine gingerbread; interesting food like
sausages, apple strudel, and beer!;
and fascinating people along the way.  I am so looking forward to it,
especially since some of my own family is going with me this time.
We have never all traveled it will be a hoot.

Hopefully I will be able to post while there.  I am planning to...hope connections will
be available.  So, check the blog out during the month of June, and
you should see some European scenes.