Coloured pencil on paper
6 x 9 1/2 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017I started this self portrait a few months ago, and then
what with travelling, shows, and painting, forgot about
it. Until today. When you come back to something
I think it's always a shock. The drawing needed more
contrast. And the medium is very soft. When I first began
showing my art I worked in coloured pencil. The thrill wore
off quickly after I moved into watercolour, and both faded
from my mind for the most part when I
started painting on canvas with acrylics.
But these cool pencils arrived in the mail from Sketchbox,
they are multi-coloured coloured pencils, and I thought I
could just slowly, slowly complete the drawing. Not
realistic. Not because it wouldn't be fun, but because
I need to do other things. If I'm going to put days and
weeks into a project I want it to be a painting.
And today, the drawing reminded me of the feeling I had
during that dinner with my family, holding a beautiful baby
on my lap. That's the look. Super Happy. I also
loved using these coloured pencils with multiple
colours in each one. You can't predict or control the colour --
subtle as it is, because the colour in the pencil changes as
you draw! Cool. Very cool.
Have a trying-out-new-supplies day.