Switching to Colored Pencils!

Over the past four years, I’ve been drawn away from oil painting to trying out colored pencils. My initial reason was that it was difficult using oil paints around small children. My little ones loved to “help” me with my paintings, and proceeded to getting oils over everything!

However, the more I tried out colored pencils, the more in love I became with them. I’m also dappling with watercolors, however, my focus is completely on colored pencils.

The pencils I use are Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d’Arache Luminance. These are oil-based pencils that apply smoothly. It takes at least 4-6 layers to cover the picture the way I like it, and I blend the colors together, as if I were painting.

I’ve only started taking on commissions this past week. It’s an amazing feeling to bring other peoples’ animals to life in my drawings.

Start of a New Life for 3 Escargots

This morning I worked on a painting, but am not satisfied with it enough to put it for sale. I put aside my palette knives and decided to play with clay today. Three little escargots popped out.

When they’re dry, I’ll sand and paint them… so they will look quite a bit different in the end. I bought a different clay than what I used for the finished escargot. This one is very hard to work with – it’s too soft, so I lose much detail. I’ll see how the final product turns out to see if I’ll continue to buy this kind of clay, or return to the other type.

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Completion of 2 Oil Paintings

Today was a very productive day! I woke up early and both started and finished a 20 x 33 cm oil painting. I was still feeling the vibe, so when the kids took their naps, I went ahead and started (and finished) another one. I can’t believe I was able to finish them so quickly.

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And the second painting…

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Both paintings are already up for sale on Etsy in my Etsy Store.