"Hi, Xiao - I agree with Jessica - nice narrative aspect . I wonder if zooming in more/cropping closer wouldn't have helped strenghten the composition - I feel the bottom right hand corner doesn't add anything"
Hi Xiao. I know it is hard to make time for as much artwork as we would like to do because of family and work responsibilities, and all the busy, hectic schedules! I had a problem this month because my dog got sick -he should get better with time and medication. But he has many doctors appiontments and a lot of medications I must give him to take.I don't even think I can get a painting ready in time for this month's challenge. As for the colored pencil information: "Prismacolor Premier" are the pencils to buy for painting. They come in black tins with a color drawing on the front. The other Prismacolor pencils are called "verythin" and they are harder pencils which are used sometimes for sharp edges. But you do not need them to make a painting if you ever do want to buy some pencils. If you ever decide to buy any colors, let me know and as I said I will be happy to tell you which colors and how etc. If you ever need to email me I am at: firstname.lastname@example.org It is fun talking with you and we will talk again soon I hope. Perri :)
Hi Xiao. Thank you for your kind compliment! For colored pencil painting, the best way to begin is to buy a set of Prismacolor colored pencils. Buy the largest set you can afford. They sell small sets of 12 pencils, all the way up to 150 pencil sets. Art supply companies also sell colors separately for about 99 cents each. Some colors you will use often and others only rarely.The most impotant colors you use depend upon the subject you are painting. If you want to start with one object, let's say an apple, you would first take a photo of an apple that looks very much like what you want to end up with in your final painting. Then let's say, this apple is a red apple, you would begin with either an indigo blue pencil or peacock green colored pencil--(sounds wierd right?) but it makes sense when you can see it in progress. The key to doing a painting is to begin by laying down one color, gently and evenly so that you get a layer of that color that is completely covering the area (of course only where that color is needed). After you lay down the layer of color you should not see any pencil strokes. This is done in many layers of color. If you want to buy some pencils and pick a simple subject (like an apple), you can let me know first and I will be happy tell you what paper you can use etc.so that you can truly understand and succeed at the method. It is not that difficult and it will teach you alot about color and value too.It is a lot fun but you are right it is a slower medium than doing impressionistic oil painting-- but you can definitely do it no problem!!! Anyway, if you decide you want to persue it, I can guide you through a specific "lesson" just let me know when you are ready before you buy supplies. Perri : )
Hi! yes it is nice here in South Florida but it gets very humid in the summer-whew! I did a colored pencil painting this time because I had to go away and could not use paints. I love this method of colored pencil painting because if you don't mind using a lot of patience, you can get very realistic results. If you ever want to know more about it, I will be happy to tell you. Thank you for your kind words and I look forward to seeing your next painting! Perri
Hi Xiao. Sorry it has taken me long to respond to your comment-I have been away. Thank you for your kind compliment! I plan on uploading a slide show soon which I will include some encaustic paintings. I use different mediums because everything interests me! I love your landscapes! I live in Florida too, but I am in South Florida. How long have you lived here?