I have dabbled with coloured pencil for a while but started to work seriously with them about a year ago having seen some Botanical work in an exhibition here, in Canberra. I then attended a course on wildlife drawing with Chris McClelland and he used coloured pencil with his graphite drawings. I progressed from there, looked at coloured pencil work on the web and found ACPN. I attended another workshop with Chris and intensify the colour was his tip for that one. It has encouraged me to do just that. So I went over some works previously done and was amazed at the difference. For instance, the Autumn in Canberra that I previously submitted for the competition.
I love coloured pencils for their ease of use and control. The colour goes exactly where I want it and layering mixes so well. It is wonderful for feathers and fur. Using the pencils over watercolour gives a good intense colour, particularly when shading flowers. I can add fine detail easily with a sharpened pencil.
Which are your favourite pencils and supports/surfaces to work on?
I started coloured pencil work using Derwent pencils. I soon discovered Faber Castell Polychromos and love the effect they give. I have a few Prismacolour and like them also. I find Lana paper excellent for the pencils and Arches smooth watercolour paper, but do sometimes use coloured pastel paper, particularly if I am doing a light coloured subject. I am not keen on water colour pencils.
Do you have any particular themes or subjects in your art? What are they and why ?
My paintings are primarily Botanical or Wildlife. I try to promote nature, an awareness of the environment and endangered plants and wildlife. I am experimenting with works that show more than one subject such as the Autumn in Canberra which was entered in the competition.
I have won several awards for my work over the last 10 years, but mainly in watercolour. The biggest thrill was winning Best in Show for a botanical artwork Autumn Fruits in November 2008. The most recent was a second prize for the re-done Autumn in Canberra which was also sold I had my first exhibition earlier this year at Bungendore Fine Arts. I exhibit mainly in Canberra at the local Art Society and school exhibitions.
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