The end of summer is always such a busy time of year for me, so I haven't been able to post an update until now. Working on this piece has given me a new understanding of the saying "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger." More rocks coming soon!
The ocelot is finally finished, and now it is time for rocks--and rocks, and more rocks ;) Thankfully the rocks are many different colors so I won't completely lose my mind doing them. Stay tuned for an update later this week.
Two things are always guaranteed to occur at my house during the summer: high temperatures and a busy schedule. But for this week both have been below average so I am finally getting to spend some time at the art table.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see the premier episode of an incredible new wildlife series called "Big Cat Dynasties." Now I have been an avid nature program follower for years, but so far this series has the best "up-close-and-personal" footage of felines that I have ever seen. If you love the big cats as much as I do, then be sure to check it out.
Now that the initial drawing is done, I have started to question my sanity about undertaking this project--it is 16x20 inches in size! But some colored pencil pieces need to be large in order for me to get the detail I desire. So be prepared for many "work in progress" posts.
Here is my latest colored pencil piece: "Season of the Lynx." At first I tried to do a background of evergreens but it felt too dull compared to those vibrant yellow eyes. So I tossed the reference photo aside and had fun :) In order to achieve this effect I first laid down the darkest values--in this case two different types of green with orange layered over the top in some places. Using an electric eraser I then lifted some of the color back off. Then I added the light and medium-value colors over the lifted spots. In the end I had a background I was happy with, and a very messy table ;)
This experience was yet another reminder to trust in the inspiration I receive while working on any project.
Only a month into the new year and it is proving to be a very busy one for me! I'm finally getting around to photographing the pieces I have finished. This one is called "Snow Queen" and is rendered using graphite and Prismacolor pencils. She is part of my "Eyes of the Wild" series.