Andria Burchett Beech Tree Buzz newsletter beechtreestudio.com fine art in colored pencil
Turning the Tables
I try to pay attention to new trends, tools and techniques in the colored pencil world so that I can share what I learn with my fellow BTS artists. I became a student once again during the national Colored Pencil Society of America convention, held in Chicago this year. Having taken the two workshops that were offered, I came home a bit giddy with new possibilities for my colored pencil drawings! So much to draw-so little time!
When building skin tones, haven't we always worked from light to dark? Not Barbara Dahlsted! Barbara showed us how to move quickly and loosely with Black Cherry (gasp!) right from the get go. By laying the foundation of shadows in with a grisaille of darks and oranges, we gradually were able to develop these glorious shades of color on top. Some of us are still scratching our heads in disbelief, even though we saw it with our own eyes!
colored pencil by Barbara Dahlsted
"Colored pencils" and "abstract art" are not usually found in the same sentence, but Dyanne Locatishowed us how to take portions of landscape photos and turn them into contemporary and well-designed works of art- totally out of my comfort zone! The whole process paired the right balance of ambiguity with familiarity, and I can hardly wait to try it again. And again. And again.
colored pencil by Dyanne Locati
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