I was experimenting yesterday with charcoal pencils. Some time ago, I bought some Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils. On this page I used the Burnt Orange, Forest Pine, and Peat pencils. I also used a General’s Charcoal 6-B pencil. I started with vivid red orange and cad yellow medium hue acrylic paint on the background. For the face area, I used unbleached Titanium, raw sienna and a little of the cad yellow and orange. The hair is raw sienna with black acrylic paint. I did this in two stages….I used some charcoal over the paint and used hair spray as a fixative because I didn’t have anything else…and why not…..I never use hair spray…I think I’ve had this can around for about ten years 🙂 Anyway, today I went back with more paint and ended with more charcoal. I think I’ll be trying this again.
We are experiencing something here, according to Ozarkian lore, that is called “Blackberry Winter.” The wild blackberries are starting to bloom and whenever we have a cold snap around that time, it’s called blackberry winter. My mom told me that she’s heard it called that as far back as she can remember.
I found out about a new online art journaling class by Kelly Kilmer. It’s called “The Journey of You” and will start on May 23rd. The price is right…only $20. After May 23rd, the price will go up to $25. Go to her blog here and read about it on her May 9th post.