A couple of weeks ago, I took a colored pencil workshop with Betsy Holster along with other colored pencil artists at Marina Village. She spoke about your own "personal voice" and what it is you're trying to say in art and whether you are a conceptual artist or a technical artist. She also spoke about setting up problems for yourself and experimenting. Some of the questions she wanted us to answer for ourselves also included how we would like our art to grow, do we know our limitations or what is holding us back. Things that may have us stuck in a rut. I find that colored pencils are a challenge in creating pieces that are emotional and expressive. Colored pencils tend to be very rigid but I enjoy working with them. They are not as easy to use as watercolors or acrylic painting.
My new painting is an experiment in that it's a much larger piece, 18 x 24 inches, on 140lb coldpress watercolor paper. Several acrylic copper washes have been applied and then I lightly laid in the general shapes of a ocean scene of Del Mar. My reference photo was taken at dusk and the exposed rocks are covered in a seaweed moss at low tide. In painting, expecially in oils, I always loved putting in a color wash and then painting over it with some of the undercolor wash peeking through. This is exactly what I'de like to accomplish with this ocean scene with coppery bits peeking out here and there and giving an overall warm feeling to the cool ocean scene. Although my pictures aren't edited below, the painting is coming along nicely so far. There's a wrinkle problem in the paper I hope to take care of once I mount it on to clayboard.
I had the pleasure of being in a few shows last month with "Urban Tales" in El Cajon with my painting "Sakura" which was juried by a curator from SDMA, in El Cajon. It was thrilling to be invited to the "COVA Invitational" held at San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. The colored pencil artist group gave a great show, I was very proud of us all. And finally, I was accepted into the November "Wildlife in Art" show for 2012 with my painting "Reflections". Maybe it's because I've been sick with the flu, but I think that will be it for this year. I'll continue with my colored pencil landscape pieces, come up with some ideas for watercolor/acrylic paintings, and, especially, finish up my Secret Santa mail art gifts. I've finished with one artist and am crossing my fingers on her hoping she'll like what I've done. The other artist is more of a challenge, but I have some ideas. I think I'm going to have to be a little more crafty with her and am crossing my fingers that I can pull it all off.