Actually, only 9 owls, and until January 10. Our art association, Placerville Arts Association, is having a 3D and 3X3 show. The primary motivation is to have a show for our 3D artists, but since we need to be sure we have enough art to fill the walls, we’re supplementing the show with a 3X3 portion. The 3X3 portion will be twelve collections of 9 paintings. Each collection will be by a single artist working in a single medium and united by a theme of the artist’s choice. Each painting will be 8″ x 8″ and will be hung unframed. The nine paintings in each collection will be hung together in a formation of three rows and three columns – hence, “three by three.”
I’m one of the participating artists and my theme is owls. So here’s the first one.
For my medium, I chose colored pencil. I’ve worked a fair amount in colored pencil, but always in a “drawing” style rather than a “painting” style. For this group, I’m using solvent (Gamsol) with the colored pencil. The solvent seems to intensify and, in some cases, blend the color.
This is my first effort, and I must admit that I struggled with all the detailed markings in the feathers. And the solvent, applied sparingly with a q-tip, was certainly something I had to get used to. Although I prefer other brands of colored pencils, I’m using Prismacolor because I think they are the most popular and so it’s a fair guess that much of the information I’ve seen on the internet about using solvent would apply to this brand. If I like the effect, I’ll probably experiment later with my preferred kinds, Caran d’Ache, Derwent, and Polychromos.
So far, I have learned that the solvent acts diffferently with different pigments. Some spread and blend more than others and Indigo Blue becomes very brilliant and somewhat greenish – kind of reminds me of Prussian Blue. I like the intensity of color that the solvent gives, but I seem to be losing some of the control with value that I’m used to by varying my pressure. Also, I have to be very careful when applying the solvent because some colors – black, for example, will smear. But, as my sister would say, “Keep working!”