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Branching Out with My Prismacolors


I write, I cook, I drum.   I should make a tee-shirt that says this.

I used to make art too — drawing and painting. I am not all that technically adept. My high school art teacher, way back when, called my work “painterly.” I think that was a nice way of saying that she did not expect to see any photo-realism coming from my brush or pens.

The consequence is that over the years I have not made as much art. That nagging inner critic works just as diligently with fine artists as she/he does with writers.

That being said, I have decided to branch away from my usual avenues of creative expression (writing, drumming, cooking, photographing) and work on improving my technical skills in the visual arts. I just started working with colored pencils (for the first time) since my home studio is not equipped to handle wet media.  Furthermore, I need some practice with the most basic of subjects: humans.

To that end, here is a little study I did yesterday with pencils.

“Red-Headed Woman”, 8″x 12″, Prismacolor pencils, on 50# sketch paper

ljgloyd (c) 2018

7 thoughts on “Branching Out with My Prismacolors

  1. Painterly is a use some artists use – I ‘m never quite sure what they mean but I think it means art that has an expressive, emotional quality. Also it’s something to do with the way you make marks I think – again I think it refers to expressive mark making rather than illustrative and controlled. High school art teachers can be very damaging. Mine frightened me away from art making for years too. I’m glad to see you are returning to your innate desire to create anyway.

    • Thank you. I have read that the Impressionists were “painterly”. I can dig that. 🙂

      • You’ve got me intrigued now. The teachers at art school used to say some students had a painterly style. I’ll do a quick search and see what I come up with – an online dictionary definition – (of a painting or its style) characterized by qualities of colour, stroke, and texture rather than of line.
        “Botticelli is a linear painter, whilst Rembrandt’s work would be considered painterly”. Well Rembrandt is good company anyway 🙂

  2. sorry – there’s a typo in first sentence. I meant painterly is a term some artists use.

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