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Friday, October 29, 2021
We are in between selling our house and buying a new house. But no matter where I am, with my portable equipment, I can continue to produce art. To be clear, I only made provisions for Colored Pencil Art. Clean. Easy to transport. No messy paints or glue or water or anything to clean up.
The rolling storage cart can easily be moved room to room, even outside on the deck or patio. The easel is a table style. It can be set up on a variety of surfaces and is small and compact.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Thanks to the York Art Association, I am well on my way to showing my colored pencil paintings.
220 South Marshall Street
York, PA 17402
Friday, October 15, 2021
The colored pencil is a relatively new art medium, only making it's appearance in the early 20th century. It is still struggling to be recognized as a fine art medium.
Pigment is the operative word here. It is what makes the colored pencil a fine art medium. Acrylics, oil paints, watercolors, pastels, all art mediums have pigments. The technique used in colored pencils; layering and blending, also qualify this tool to be included in the fine art family.
The wooden case protects a narrow pigmented core. This core is made of either wax-based or oil-based pigment, additives and binding agents. The concentration of the pigment will determine the grade of the pencil. A higher pigment concentration will result in a professional grade pencil, lower concentration will be a student grade.
Friday, October 8, 2021
I have broke down my Grant Journey into four parts:
It all begins with the Studio and the supplies. I am in the process of down-sizing and moving, to where is still an unknown. So I need a portable studio, one that may be utilized in a home, an RV, a condo, on the back porch, you get the picture. Colored Pencils are the perfect medium for this scenario. They are clean, portable, and require very little supplies.
Shopping is the next step, oh how I love to shop for art supplies! A portable easel is the first purchase. It can be used on any surface in any location. It has a drawer to carry a limited amount of supplies. Then I added a storage cart, on wheels, to move to any location if necessary. And of course, new pencils. I researched which pencil colors had the best lightfastness quality and I created my new and improved pencil palette.
My colored pencil "body of work". I love doing colored pencil art but I didn't think it was taken seriously by galleries and critics. So I created in other mediums that I thought were more acceptable. On this Grant Journey I will focus just on colored pencils. Improving my skills and learning new techniques. I will create as many new and awesome colored pencil paintings as time allows.
This is the most challenging part of my Journey, changing the art society's opinion of colored pencil art. Helping them realize that the Coloring Book Craze (CBC) is a separate genre completely. I hope to infiltrate a few galleries and exhibits to expose the public to this new genre of Colored Pencil Fine Art. Not only creating an appreciating new audience but also a few artist converts!
Documenting the Grant Journey. Not only do I have to submit a final report to The Cultural Alliance, I will document this process for inclusion in a self-published book. This book will include basic colored pencil instruction and samples. Of course I will use my own art to illustrate this book. Ultimately, I hope this book will encourage more artists to try colored pencil art. The more artists painting with colored pencils, the better chance we have to change the opinions of society.
Monday, October 4, 2021
Congratulations to me! I have been awarded the 4th quarter "Artist Professional Development Grant" from York, PA's Cultural Alliance. I have six months to complete my project. My 1st goal is to set up a portable studio. Due to downsizing and moving, I no longer have a dedicated studio. My 2nd goal is to spend the next six months creating colored pencil paintings. A perfect portable medium requiring little space or mess. My ultimate goal is to share these paintings and hopefully make people realize that colored pencils are an accepted fine art medium.
Cultural Alliance of York PA
Artist Grant Awardees Announced
The Cultural Alliance of York County is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of the Artist Professional Development Grant. This grant provides financial resources to creatives in York County to do the work they are passionate about, and take the next step in their practice or career.
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