I love art! I am a self-taught artist living in Maryland. I am one of the many artists who spent a childhood doing art and then it got pushed to the back burner as life took over. I am not happy when my art is on the back burner! Things have changed! I am extremely happy to say that as of this writing January 2016, I am a full-time artist. I am living my dream!
I work mostly in pastels and colored pencil, but also plan to revisit some of my old favorites -- charcoal and ink. Maybe I'll even combine some of my favorite mediums or try some new ones. I've got big plans!
I hope that you'll follow along on my art adventure!
This was done from a very small black and white picture of my grandparents, Max and Celia, in front of the meat market/grocery store they owned in Washington, D.C. in the 40's-50's. I have wanted to do this picture for a long time. The first decision to make was whether to correct the spelling of my maiden name which actually ends in an "h" not a "k". The sign maker got it wrong and gave them a discount instead of redoing it. I decided it had to be kept a "k". I did this on a piece of sand Canson Mi-Tientes board. I specifically chose this more highly textured surface to avoid getting too terribly detailed with this drawing. I know me, smooth paper would have allowed for too many details that I just didn't have in the reference I was working from. It would have made me a crazy woman! It's 14 x 8 inches. I thought I wanted to go with a sepia look and completed the whole thing initially using only light umber, dark umber, cream and eggshell colored pencils. Although they were much older by the time I was born and how I remember them, I feel really content that I captured the essence of them. They have both been gone more than 30 years and I found myself missing them all over again as I looked down at them. When I initially completed it, I thought it had turned out just fine technically, but not very lively. Well, I decided it needed some color. If they could add color to sepia photos, which used to be a very common practice, I could add color to my sepia drawing, right? Out came the PanPastels. They went very nicely right over the colored pencil, even in areas where I had burnished somewhat, which was a happy surprise. The end result is very different, but I think I like it.