This month, I took a little break from watercolors and acrylics to work with my new Faber-Castell colored pencils I received as a Christmas present. Colored pencils seem to not get as much respect in the art world as a painting done in oils, watercolors, or acrylics, but the medium is just as creative, imaginative as well as extremely labor intensive. I fell in love with a photo of my husband's aunt's twin great-granddaughters, Aniston & Mia, who are gazing lovingly at each other and seem to be communicating in their own special language. There's all kinds of textures going on: weathered wood with paint peeling on the house wall behind them, the furry vest's they are wearing contrasting with the silk ribbon ties, the adorable fluffy soft feather & stone headdresses, as well as the beautiful baby girls themselves. I did the underlay of values in ultramarine blue and then finished by putting in the color. Nothing else was added, no Icarus board, burnishing, erasing or other cool techniques, just the colored pencils themselves. The girls cheeks are much more subtle in the original drawing/painting, it's just my lousy photo taking and editing capabilies that is making their cheeks look a little more rosy. I hope to enter this in the SD Colored Pencil Society's show "Pencil Us In" at the Sierra Mesa Library gallery next September.
After taking Carlo O'Connor's workshop a few weeks ago, I've been studying the photo of the twins more and trying to see how I might paint it using some of the elements of design I learned from Carla. Alphonse Mucha sure knew how to add design elements to his figures as did Klimt and Egon Schiele. Using them and Carla as inspiration, I would very much like to be able to paint portraits and figures along this line.
On that note, I would also like to begin doing portraits of sisters as a series and as something I can give to those who would love it!