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Colored pencils on sanded paper

January 26, 2017

Continuing my experiments with colored pencils and sanded paper. These two were done on an Ampersand Pastelbord, a bit softer than the Uart 600 grade. I found it very pleasant to use, and this time, I was able to blend my layers of Pablo pencils with a bristle brush; it worked like a charm and I loved the soft, velvety finish. I will have to order more of those boards, for sure!!

The squirrel is my entry for the January Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge.


Squirrel 2 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils on Pastelbord - FOR SALE


Fox 13 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils on Pastelbord - FOR SALE


I also did this one on sanded paper, but it was Pastelmat. And the other one is a watercolor I had started last summer and finished recently.


Bulldog 1 - 7x9.5" - Colored pencils on Pastelmat - FOR SALE


Oriole - 9x12" - Watercolor on Aquabord - FOR SALE

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Monthly challenge WIP 4 and final work

December 10, 2015

I can't believe I haven't posted the last photos yet. Argh!!!

So here are the final images of my Nymph.


"Nymph" - 9x12" - Colored Pencils - SOLD



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Monthly challenge WIP 3

November 7, 2015

Slowly but surely the leaves' underpainting was completed. I now have to go over them again to add details.






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I'm back!

September 1, 2015

I hadn't fallen off the face of the Earth, I simply took an extended Summer break, which I enjoyed immensely.

It doesn't mean I stayed away from drawing and painting entirely. In fact, I was quite busy.


Here are the Colored Pencil Magazine challenges for the months of June and July.

I had to stop working on my bigger drawing for lack of time, and ended up doing this little one in my sketchbook instead. I'll finish the other one (a closer crop) later. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the seeds. But I'm pretty happy with the result. It was great practice, I'll be able to finish my bigger drawing with more confidence.
Great subject this month, another fun challenge. Thank you Sally Robertson for the photo

"Stawberry" - 5x7" or so - Colored Pencils


Double challenge for me this time as I was on vacation with limited art supplies. I learned that I don't really enjoy using cold press watercolor paper with colored pencils, it's too grainy for me, and I can't add details as well as with smoother papers. Also, I missed my beloved scanner, and had a hard time taking a good photo. Yet, I enjoyed the challenge anyway because it made me grow a little more.
Another great photo provided by Sally Robertson.

"Popsicles" - 5x8.5" - Inktense colored pencils


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New Challenge

February 10, 2015

And now,  more fun.

I started working on the January Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge a while ago. It's a portrait this time. I decided to take my time, and do the best I can. It was just a bit intimidating!

I used Prismacolor and Lyra pencils on Stonehenge Kraft paper, 9x12"
I also used some mineral spirit for the black because it didn't stand out on the Kraft colored paper as I had hoped.

What a challenge! I had to pry the pencils out of my hands and force myself to stop so I wouldn't ruin everything. I added so many layers that the paper doesn't have a tooth left, it's smooth as a baby's botton, and probably twice as heavy as the original paper weight!

A big thank you to Sally Ford for sharing her beautiful photo.


You can see a few more work in progress images here.

Snow Baby - 9x12" - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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ACEO Challenge

June 29, 2014

ACEO #17-20

Back to doing animals...

Siames 6 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Tiger 48 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD



Raven 203 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Raven 204 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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ACEO Challenge

June 11, 2014

ACEO #11


Corgi 3 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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ACEO Challenge

June 10, 2014

ACEO #10.

I did this one as a merkitten a while ago. But I thought it was so cute, I wanted to just draw it as a regular cat.



Tuxedo 25 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD



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ACEO Challenge

June 10, 2014



Snow Leopard 14 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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ACEO challenge

June 3, 2014



Raven 201 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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ACEO challenge

June 2, 2014


On with the second one.


Black Lab 26 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD



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ACEO challenge

June 1, 2014

ACEO #1.

Here we go, the challenge started today. Make sure to post your ACEOs to my Facebook page. If anything, it's free advertizing!


Tabby 104 - ACEO (2.4x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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I'm in love!

March 12, 2014

With the Derwent Coloursoft Pencils.

In my quest to find more pencils to use, I recently purchased a small set of Derwent Coloursoft colored pencils. I've been so pleased with Derwent that I keep on trying more of their supplies.




So today I decided to give it a go. I must admit that I've been addicted to the fabulous Prismacolor Premier colored pencils for years. I use them ALL the time. I love their softeness and how you can layer them, and blend them. Their rich colors are amazing. I tried several other brands of colored pencils, but never found one I liked enough to want to switch. So I was not very hopeful with the Derwent Coloursoft.

I gave the Coloursoft the ultimate test, in my opinion, and used a sheet of my beloved black Stonehenge paper. I thought if I could make the colors of the pencils stand out as well as with the Prismacolor, I would be pleased. Well, I was! Not only was I pleased with the vibrant colors, but I was also happily surprised by the softeness of the lead. The tip glides on the paper with a lovely buttery feel. I would say they are almost like soft pastel pencils.

The Coloursoft pencils cover the paper very well and quite fast. They blend together nicely, and don't leave that pesky residue on your paper, like the Prismacolor pencils do. The leads are easily sharpened and the sharp tips don't break. I LOVE them!

Although I will continue using my Prismacolor pencils because they are awesome! I will definitelly work more with the Coloursoft pencils. They are so smooth, and really lovely to work with.

I'm so happy I tried them.


"Tomato" - 4x6" - Coloursoft pencils - SOLD




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30 Paintings in 30 days

January 28, 2014

~ Paintings #24 and #25 ~

Still working on this fun project. Here we have #5 and #6 of the Bearded Collies I've been drawing for my client. Those dogs are just so cute!


Mia - 4x6" - Colored Pencils - SOLD


Raven - 4x6" - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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30 Paintings in 30 days

January 20, 2014

~ Painting #19 ~

I finally finished my duck!!
A big thank you to photographer Paul Sawford.


Duck 2 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils - SOLD


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30 Paintings in 30 days

January 17, 2014

~ Painting #15 ~

I was so excited a couple of days ago, when I had caught up with the challenge, but I'm running out of fuel, and so I'm behind again. Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to catch up. I've got a couple of paintings I'd like to finish. We'll see.
In the meantime, I've got this little guy for you:


Raccoon 16 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD



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30 Paintings in 30 days

January 13, 2014

~ Painting #11 ~

Another little one:


Raven 199 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - SOLD


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