Monday, July 26, 2010

peony petals finished

untitled 'petals', coloured pencil on Stonehenge, 22.5" x 6.5"

While the piece still doesn't have a title, it is for the most part done. I will no doubt go back in and tweak some values before it is framed. Maybe I'll call it Peony Clouds - it reminds me a bit of how clouds look from an airplane! :-) While a peony was my inspiration, I deviated from reality by making the petals a lot more multicoloured and by stylizing the various veins and shapes. I have included a more detailed shot of a section of the piece below.



I won't be in the studio this week because I am heading off to California! I am attending the Coloured Pencil Society of America's convention. I shall also be able to see the CPSA exhibition. Woo-hoo!! The CPSA's 18th Annual International Exhibition is now open for viewing at the Art Museum of Los Gatos. If you are visiting the San Francisco area this summer do take the opportunity to visit this incredible exhibition - all of the work juried into the show has been executed exclusively in coloured pencil!

Now I must confess that two of the aspects of being an artist that I truly love are the quiet and solitude that this lifestyle affords. So...traveling across the USA and spending time in crowded airports is for me an experience right up there with dental surgery!

Ah, but I am looking forward to seeing the exhibition. (Seeing the art submitted for the silent auction is like seeing a second cp exhibition!) And as I discovered at last year's convention in Atlanta, coloured pencil artists are definitely some of the nicest people you could ever know! I am also excited to be attending a workshop on Thursday. The instructor for the workshop is Ester Roi, the inventor of the Icarus Drawing Board. Ester shall be sharing her techniques in working with waxed based media and heat. Ester's work is amazing and I look forward to experimenting with this new way of working. So California, here I come! :-)

Ah, but how could I leave this little guy? He is our three month old bundle of goat cuteness. Fortunately, all of the critters with fur, hoofs and feathers shall be in the capable care of my husband. Guess he will be glad to see me return! :-)

15 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

I do hope that you have a wonderful time and see and learn all sorts of good things. Petals is beautiful! The baby is going to miss you.

Dianna Soisson said...

I love the soft and varigated colors you used Teresa. I'll be trying to imagine those as the clouds as I'm flying through them to San Francisco. I hate flying....so the picture of your peony clouds along with a meditation track should do the trick! hahahaha!
Two days and counting! Woohoo!!

Ann said...

Beautiful petals! I love those soft colors. Hope you have a wonderful time at the convention! That baby goat is too cute :-)

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Vicki, thank you for your kind thoughts! Fortunately the wee one has his goat mommy here and my husband has a real soft spot for him so I think he will be in good hands! :-)

Hi Dianna, hey a new blog pic - goodness you work very vertical! :-) Yes, focus on the pretty clouds, imagine peonies, let's do whatever it takes!! See you Wednesday!!!!

Thank you Ann, and yes he is too cute! It truely is a slippery slope - we started out with two goats! LOL

Gillian said...

That's beautiful, Teresa. it reminds me of trapunto quilting - all undulations and texture.

I'm with you regarding the idea of crowds and bustle - give me peace and solitude any day!

Teresa said...

Wow... that sounds like a fun, informative trip! "Peony Clouds" fits the piece really well... such gentle, soft color. Great job, Teresa!

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Gillian, trapunto quilting eh? Will have to google that! :-) Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Thanks Teresa. I have messed about with melting cp pigment (over stove elements and using a pancake griddle) so I am looking forward to using a proper heated board! LOL So, yes it should be an informative trip!

Jeanette said...

The crop of peony petals is gorgeous. I've been contemplating trying something similar but haven't been brave enough yet.

Enjoy your trip to California. I have to agree with you about the travel part. Its never much fun and I always breathe a sigh of relief getting back to familiar territory again.

The little kid is sweet and I'm sure you will be phoning home to ask how he's doing. I know how things grow. I started out with just six chickens...then...well there were many more.

AK said...

Teresa your work is brilliant and inspiring.

Jan said...

Oh, this is one of my favorites of yours! The colors and the color shifts are beautiful!

When we had farm animals, my dh and I rarely got to go away together. While losing my horse was heart-breaking, it has allowed us a vacation together this year.

Hope you had fun at the convention! Lucky you getting to take Esther Roi's workshop!

Debbi said...

wow you have been awfully quiet my friend, and I am wondering what you've been up to lately?!?!? I hope all is well.

Gary Keimig said...

Teresa I have not seen a recent post from you and do hope you are just too busy with those pecncils?
I do love the softness you have achieved with this piece. How was things in San Francisco?

Christine said...

Teresa, you haven't posted in a while, so I hope you are well!? Just know that you are missed. :-)

Gary Keimig said...

quite interesting miniature Teresa. Love your newly posted farming photos.

Felicity said...

Good to see you on one of the other blogs Teresa, I hope that means you will be back soon!