I don’t usually take commissions because they take me so long and most of all I am always nervous as to whether the person commissioning the art will be happy with the finished piece. So when my friend showed me a picture of her daughter on a very special horse I could not resist the challenge. Her daughter was so short she couldn’t even reach the stirrups with her feet! Another part of the challenge was I had never done a horse in colored pencil. Can you tell I love a challenge? Yes the horse is HUGE.
While going through radiation earlier this year I finished a project I had started a year ago but with moving last year then finding out I had breast cancer I had put it away for a rainy day. Well here in East Texas we had plenty of “rainy days” therefore it got finished! And I was blessed with it being purchased as soon as I got finished with it.
I would like to share a couple of class projects that I finished in 2014. I love portraits, it does not matter if it is graphite or colored pencil. I especially love children because of the looks of innocence on their faces or body language. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them.
I have been working on this piece for the most part of a year but I admit I did get side tracked by the bird man, Alan Woollett, for his week long workshop; which by the way was fabulous, I made new friends from different areas plus had a ball!! Sorry Alan i still haven’t finished “the bird”, but I will!!!
I wanted to share some pictures of River Roses in progress and will be completed by Christmas. The painting is 11″ X 17″, on Stonehenge smooth paper, Prismacolor, Pablo, Polycromos and Luminance pencils. Hope you enjoy and the final picture will be posted by Christmas. By the way I have been told I never do anything simple!!!!
I finished this right before Christmas finishing it by using white gouache and a white gel pen to get the extreme highlights. I really love this piece because it has a story that leaves the viewer to walk upon the roses thrown in the river and make their own story as to why?
The reference photo is used by permission from my daughter, Tisha Clinkenbeard. Thank you Tisha for believing in me! Love you.
I have a limited edition glicees of RIVER ROSES for sale for $40. Image size is 10.75″ x 15.75″.
This is a kit found on Ann Kullberg website that I thought was interesting. It is done on a 5 X 7 Ampersand board I have to say i really liked the rough texture of the Ampersand and I finished in time to give as a Christmas present last year! I used Prismacolor pencils on this work.
I personally believe we must stretch our comfort zone in order to grow. I will show you another panting of mine that pushed me out of my zone again! With “Three Orchids” I worked on 800 grit UART paper although it did present challenges because I really did not know HOW to work on it I pushed forward!! I used Prismacolor pencils and Derwent Art Sticks and as I have said before I have a love/hate relationship with my work until the last mark is on and I have signed my name.
I would like to give many thanks to Ann Kullberg for choosing this painting of mine to be one of many to be in CP Treasures III!!! I feel so blessed to be in the same book with artists that I admire so much!! Since the first CP Treasures I have read and reread the books from cover to cover and I find something new every time; new advice, new prospective on the painting, and new materials to work on.
I recently finished this painting, I was so excited because I had never worked on black paper. This is 8″ x 10″, black Stonehenge paper, photo reference by permission Angelique Brunas. As most artists know that working with black paper is fun because it gets you out of your comfort zone!! And for me the picture needs to tell a story so that the person looking at the picture is able to read your story or it enables them to read their own story into your painting.
This challenged me not only going from dark to light in my thought process but gave me the opportunity to create one last drop on the flower as if fell from her tears. Thus As The Last Drop Falls!
May you enjoy all my work because God is always showering me with more opportunities than I can thank him for. Just think if God took away all the blessings we forget to thank him for what would happen?
This is a picture done when I first started colored pencil painting. A friend Shanan Jones, at church showed me her reference photo and it spoke volumes to me. Shanan Jones gave me permission to use this photo. This is a pair of ordinary brown cotton gloves left on the framework of our new church as it was being built. The man wearing may have left them to go on break or until the next day.
Either way God uses ordinary people to build his house! This painting hangs in a private collection.