Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ocean Waves

I started this piece last week and I'm really excited about working on it. We're getting a ton of snow right now but I'm happy to be housebound with my colored pencils! This piece is on a 16x16" gessoboard square with Storm Blue and White Colourfix primer mixed and applied to the surface. Like the candy apples I just finished, the colored pencil easily flakes of so I have to be very careful putting it on the surface and making sure it stays. Thus, I decided to work from the top down. The sky and ocean above the waves are done with colored pencil and solvent. The solvent helps the pencil flow more like paint. I even use my fingertip to smudge the pencil into the solvent to make it apply evenly. 

5 comments:

Kathy said...

This is beautiful, Kendra. You have a real feel for the water. We got dumped with a foot of snow, after about 6" the day before. Feeling hibernation setting in.

Teresa said...

Wow.... awesome waves!

Jackie said...

It's refreshing to see the ocean waves on a dreary day with snow on the ground. Great job with the water crests!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Kendra, this is so beautiful - you really captured the waves and the movement of the water - gorgeous color!
And Happy New Year!

Kendra said...

Believe it or not, I took the reference photos on a cold winter day ... but I added more color to the waves when I drew them, the original photo is more gray. Thanks for the comments & Happy New Year! May it be a great year for art!