Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Back to Basics

I have been working my way through Arlene Steinberg's Masterful Color for awhile now.  The past two weeks have been spent on this little guy here.  I have never been comfortable with color, but when I saw the cover of this book, I had to give it a shot.  She layers colored pencils like paint and what you end up with is vibrant, rich color.  I started the underpainting, and as I said, I'm not comfortable with color, so I balked.  It looked like a tomato, but it was green and I was wondering exactly where this was going.  I understand about using the opposite color on the wheel for shadows, but this was going farther than I had ever delved.  My pallet is on the left, if you can read it.  That was another thing that made me anxious;  I had never used so many different colors before.  It wasn't until I actually started adding the reds that I became excited when I saw how critical the underpainting had been.  I learned that you can layer ALOT of color on paper.  I didn't layer enough, because when I started burnishing, some of the color started to come up.  I was a little heavy on the shadows;  on the table and on the tomato, but all in all, it was a great exercise and I am happy with the results.  I also learned a lot about color theory, which I slept through in art school.  I will definitely continue with the book and I do believe I am hooked on color.  I fell in love with my pencils again during this exercise, so I'm looking forward to beginning the next exercise and I'm already thinking about a project.  This was done on 5 x 7 inch Strathmore paper.  Criticism in all forms is appreciated.       

Monday, December 7, 2009

Solo Show!

Artist Reception
Open to the Public

Sherie Griffith, Fine Artist
Friday December 11, 2009
1011 Highway 150
(near the corner of Lake Brandt Rd. & Rt. 150)
Summerfield, NC

Come join us for some hot coffee/tea, hot chocolate or eggnog and 
browse the gallery of pencil, colored pencil drawings and pastels 
drawn by Sherie Griffith.  Originals and prints available for purchase.

Live Celtic and Christmas themed music will be provided by
James Woodward & Kaitlin Bonner.