Art-ING vs mum-ING…

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Having a toddler & a baby seriously diminishes any hope in hell of getting my art-pants on…so, in the face of the baby’s dreaded separation anxiety, I’ve been getting my art on in the company of the midnight moon. 

(How can I not love this face though???)

These pieces have a long way to go…but, at least I’ve finally, finally, finally started! 

Seriously 😑

Not all are created equal…

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The PRISMACOLOR pencils are definitely a softer lead than the POLYCHROMOS and the LYRA REMBRANDT colour pencils…this allows for more pigment transfer when you’re drawing on harder surfaces like wood. More pigment = greater coverage with the same amount of layers; allowing for a more uniform burnishing process. The colours aren’t as vibrant as the LYRAs, but you can’t have everything!

Petal Perdition 

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(unfinished piece, 2017)

MIXED MEDIA: coloured pencil, gouache, ink, clay, gesso, polymer clay, leaf pressings, feathers, wood laminex, applique, false eyelashes, snail shells & jewels on distressed, recycled wood.

I spent a long time simply making all the different elements and types of leaves and so, when it came to constructing the 3D elements of this piece, I kept hesitating. What if I couldn’t get it to work? It was a question I didn’t really want answered…
But I finally braced myself and…voila. It’s working so far; now for the faces and filling the little gaps within the petal mass. Wish me luck… 

Ooph! Because, all of the burnishing…

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The burnishing process with coloured pencils…can be, well, tedious and hard on the old hands. Like any artist worth their salt, I have art-calluses on my hands and fingers; and burnishing ALWAYS contributes to said calluses.

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But the final effect is worth any subsequent pain; the depth of colour and the seamless movement between highlights and shadows isn’t comparable; and so…I think I can, I think I can, I know I can, I know I can.
#fml

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