Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Artist Reception Friday, May 26

Visit Neville Fine Art & Framing on Friday, May 26th from 4-7 pm to meet the artists and see new work. I am exhibiting colored pencil works and book sculptures. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Colored Pencil Classes

I will be teaching a six week course entitled "Creating Art with Colored Pencils" at Bristol Art Museum, Wardwell St, Bristol, RI. Classes will be held on Friday mornings from 9:30 to Noon beginning May 12th thru June 16th. The cost of the class is $130 for museum members and $140 for non-members. People may sign up by check made payable to Kendra Ferriera and send or bring to the museum. No materials fee. If you have any questions please contact me at kjfdesign@cox.net.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just Passing Through

I've just finished this colored pencil piece, it is 14.5 x 18.5" worked in all Prismacolor pencils. My surface is a cream colored rag mat board with some lined texture. I like the mat board because it is sturdy and soft enough to take layers of pencil, burnish and erase. I started this complicated piece by working one shell, coral or starfish at a time and gradually moved along until all of my subjects were 90% completed. Then I moved onto the background objects and finally finishing with the sand. The sand was the most complicated part, it needed some texture but just a small amount so it wouldn't detract from the busy shells and starfish forms. To create the texture in the sand and part of my starfish, I used the three erasers pictured above. 

I have just started experimenting with the Faber Castell Perfection eraser brush (looks like the old typewriter eraser) and like what it can do. It can erase but also softly remove only parts of color and burnish some remaining color into the surface, creating a softer erased effect. For the areas I want to remove all color down to the surface I used the Sakura Electric Eraser and smallest areas I used the Tombow Mono Zero which has a fine point. 

 Work in progress

My completed piece!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Yesterday I visited the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL. Born Ann Weaver, she attended Smith College in Massachusetts and then put herself through art schools in New York City when her parents refused to pay for her schooling. Ann wrote and illustrated three children's books and taught art classes in order to support herself. 

She moved to Palm Beach, FL when she was hired to teach sculpture in the Norton Museum of Art. She became a good friend of the founder Ralph Norton and later they married after his first wife had passed away. I thought it was particularly amusing that Ann told Ralph that she would not share in his duties in the Norton Art Museum or be "on his arm" as a dutiful wife, she was a sculptor and was going to sculpt. Ralph purchased their home and grounds on Flagler Drive as a place for Ann to work. 

Her sculptures are placed amidst the many species of trees and plants in her gardens, sculpture and plantings complimenting one another. I was especially in awe of her incredible studio space, it still contains her tools, materials and small studies and sculptures. I could feel the spirit of Ann working as I walked through in quiet awe.

Also showing in Ann's gardens this season are Todd McGrain's Lost Bird Project, prints, drawings and bronze sculptures of extinct birds he has studied. And Sophie Ryder's lady hare sculptures in wire or bronze. 

Todd McGrain, The Lost Bird Project

Beings by Ann Norton

Rising by Sophie Ryder

Ann Norton sculpture constructed of handmade bricks.

Girl Leaning on Horse by Sophie Ryder

Ann's studio

Sophie Ryder sculpture in Ann's studio

Ann's studio, small studies for sculptures and horse by Sophie Ryder.

Back view of Sophie Ryder's sculpture in Ann's studio.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Current Exhibits

Thursday, January 12, 2017 – Friday, March 3, 2017
The VETS Gallery at The Vets Memorial Auditorium
One Avenue of the Arts, 
Providence, RI 02903

Draw Fold Tie, my handmade book

Providence Art Club Members' Exhibit
January 29 - February 24, 2017
Opening Reception Sunday, January 29, 2-4 pm
Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street
Providence, RI 02903

Women Artists and Educators of the Providence Art Club
at Women & Infants Hospital

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My Latest Pet Portrait

This is Brina, 8x10" in colored pencil on gray Fabriano paper. I worked Brina in Prismacolor, Lyra Rembrandt, Caran d'Arche Luminance and Derwent Artists colored pencils. The reason for all the different brands is because I like the different brown tones that I can't find in just one brand. I also like the variety of softness and hardness of the leads and just the feel of different pencils.

The piece is mounted on white gatorboard with double tack mounting film. I sprayed one good coat of Krylon UV Resistant Clear, then two coates of Krylon Kamar Varnish and about four coats of Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS applied with a brush. I framed the piece without glass in this nice soft silver frame.

Brina is my brother's family dog who (unfortunately) recently passed away. This portrait was a Christmas gift for the family, a nice remembrance of the family pet.