Admittedly not the best photo, but this was drawn yesterday. I started to colour it yesterday, using various brands of coloured pencils, and completed it today. An hour or so to draw, 10 hours to colour is my estimate!
I have also realised why I tend to use paints and markers and inks for colours so much these days – these media are kinder to my arthritic-y finger and thumb joints! I do love coloured pencils, the intensity of colour you can achieve, but needs must.
I have ordered various designs of cushioned pencil grips to see if they help with keeping my joints ache-free in the future.
In the meantime, I return to designing and drawing colouring templates with drawing pencil and pens, which seem to cause very few problems with the old joints.
It’s colouring day, if you’re taking part, have a lovely time with all your colours and templates. Enjoy taking the time out to create, relax, unwind and reconnect with yourself away from all the busyness of modern life.
I’m just drawing my design to colour in, as colouring in is a bit of a novelty for me these days due to all the linework I’ve been doing for colouring templates for new books up and coming – a fourth in the Color Me line, two more for Dover Publishing’s Creative Haven series.
There’s also two projects I’ve yet to have the clearance to announce, but they are exciting, and as soon as I can mention them, I will!
So, once again, happy colouring and happy creating!
This is something I finished today. It’s not my usual intricate, fussy kind of work, but instead I’m working with mixed media.
To create this I have used gesso, crackle paste, various acrylic paints, iridescents, stamps, stencils, pens, Gelatos and a whole heap of patience with myself and breaks away from it to regroup and return with fresh eyes and new ideas.
I’m quite pleased with the end result … and I think I have learned some things through doing this.
I’ve been mentioned towards the end of this article in the Boston Globe.
Also, Color Me Calm has made another bestsellers list on philly.com in the Trade section. Color Me Calm comes in at number 5, between James Patterson and Jodi Picoult! Who’d’ve thought it, eh? Listed up there amongst such successful and popular fiction authors!
In 1999 I traveled to Japan to participate in several exhibitions hosted by my dear friend Mr. Shiho Kanzaki. I arrived with gifts for all the many people that were required to make this amazing opportunity a reality for me.
After I arrived and was unpacking, I discovered that 4 of the side-fired cups that I’d brought as gifts had been broken by the baggage-handling process. Without a thought I dumped them into the waste basket in my room. Sometime later that week, someone came to my room and took out the trash.
After a remarkable 6 weeks in Shigaraki, two exhibitions, travel, fine food, new friends…my visit came to an end.
As often happens there were some “parting gifts” given by me to my hosts; and some gifts were given to me by my hosts. Among the parting gifts I received, I discovered…