Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New blog

My website has a place on it to blog.  I will be using that blog from now on as it is tied to my website.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Shows

I shipped three paintings (The maximum allowed) to the Women Artists of the West show, in Rockport, Texas, a few weeks ago.  The show opened and one of my paintings got an honorable mention and I have a pending sale of another.  Would love to be there.  The weather in Wyoming has been unusually chilly and rainy.  I'm tired of it!  To view that show go to

I was also accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America's annual show and I will ship that painting next month.  This is the fifth time that I have made it into this show.  Three made me a signature member and five earns me a five year status.  This show is in Richardson, Texas.

International Artist Magazine April/May 2011 page 13!  I was once again a finalist.  I love that magazine!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Colored Pencil - Light Fast

I love working with colored pencils!  I feel however, that the fact that some colors are not lightfast (Colors will stay true for 100+ years) diminishes the integrity of this medium.  Here are some of my thoughts and my solutions for this problem..

The Colored Pencil Society of America puts out a Lightfastness Test Result Handbook.  My latest copy is Version 6.  My observations are that the main colors that are not rated highly are the portrait and pink colors. I use Prismacolor and Derwent Coloursoft pencils almost exclusively.  Some of the ones that don't make the lightfast list are Prismacolor clay rose, Tuscan red and deco pink (discontinued but still available through Ann Kullberg's colored pencil website).  I originally learned to create colored pencil portraits from Ann Kullberg's books and I don't think I could create a portrait or a still life without Tuscan red and deco pink. I have found that Derwent Coloursoft has an almost exact match to deco pink called 190 pink.  This is the reason that I own an entire set of Derwent Coloursoft pencils because I liked this pencil so much.  However, this pink doesn't pass the lightfast test either.  Nor does their Blush Pink.

Prismacolor put out a new line of lightfast pencils which has since been discontinued.  This set had some beautiful colors that are wonderful for portraits. Terra Rose is my favorite!  When the recession hit someone wrote a comment in the CPSA To The Point magazine, that we artists should go out and buy all of these lightfast pencils to let them know that this is what we want and then they wouldn't discontinue them.  I feel that most of their pencils were already lightfast and they repackaged them at a higher price. I SINCERELY hope that the new colors that they introduced will be reintroduced.  I stocked up on my favorites so I am good for awhile but, I've found that many of those colors are my main stays.

Since I cannot create a colored pencil painting without using some of these "fugitive" colors, I have looked for other ways to retain the quality of my work.  I have found the UV spray varnishes work well.  I use Prismacolor final fixative when I finish a painting to prevent wax bloom.  This (I read from an artist) is the only fixative that prevents wax bloom on heavily burnished blacks.  I then use Golden UV varnish.  I prefer matte or satin.  I have read that others do a better job because of little particles of white that land on your painting when spraying.  I found that spraying my painting when the painting is vertical alleviates that problem.

Most of my research comes from one lone artist in the boonies of Wyoming.  I would very much like feed back about other artist's thoughts.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Welcome to my blog

Hello to anyone who has taken the time to seek me out!  I have lots of ideas for this blog.  They are mostly  about the art world.  Some are about colored pencils.

Here is a little about me.  I live in northeastern Wyoming between Sundance and Upton. My husband and I have a ranch and we raise cattle.  We have three Children.  The oldest, Brenna, is married and just graduated from school with a degree in art education.  She is the blonde in many of my paintings.  She just gave me my first grand baby on January 7th.  Her name is Noella and she is BEAUTIFUL!  My second daughter is Maura and she is the young brunette in many of my paintings.  She is in middle school.  My youngest son is Jamison and he also models for me.  My husband Tom is a real cowboy.  He's tall and handsome but, I have only created one painting of him.

I live in a house that was built by my grandfather in 1931 and that I came home from the hospital to as a newborn.  It's a lovely two story bungalow type.  I raise a lot of flowers especially peonies.  I have nine peony bushes in my yard.  I also raise a lot of other flowers.  My mother has the prettiest gardens of anyone. That is her passion and I hope to create hundreds of paintings from her gardens.  My favorite that my mother grows are old fashioned roses.

If you haven't noticed the previous two paragraphs are also about my favorite subjects to paint/draw.  The other passion of mine is animals.  I live in the boonies of Wyoming and am so fortunate to have wildlife at my door (Except when they eat my cats).  My favorite subject with animals are the bison.  I drive by them a lot in my travels.  I also attend the yearly buffalo run at the Custer State Park in South Dakota.

I read recently that in order to make a name for yourself you have to limit your subjects.  Well,  I can limit to three but I won't limit any more than that.  However, I plan on doing a few architectural paintings in the future and a snowy landscape or two....