Best of Show

I am very pleased to announce that “Woodland Nymph” was awarded Best of Show at the 105th Annual Logansport Art Association Fine Art Show. The same piece was also awarded First Place in the Professional Division.

"Woodland Nymph"
“Woodland Nymph”

“Woodland Nymph” is approximately 22″ x 28″, Prismacolor and Faber Castell Polychromos pencil on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch black paper. The reference photo is courtesy of Colored Pencil Magazine Monthly Challenge.

“Child’s Play” was awarded the Virginia Murdock Award which was sponsored by the Alpha Mu Chapter of Tri Kappa.

"Child's Play"
“Child’s Play”

“Child’s Play” is 9.5″ x 12.5″, Prismacolor and Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencil, and Pan Pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch black paper. The reference photos are courtesy of June Artz Photography, used by permission.

The original artworks are for sale. Prints of each are also available on my website at LisaBlissRush.com.

 

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Woodland Nymph – Finally Finished!

colored pencil, fairy, flowers

It took a long time, but I finally finished the “Woodland Nymph.” This drawing started out last October as part of the Colored Pencil Magazine’s monthly challenge. I had not entered the challenge contest before primarily because I didn’t think I’d be able to finish a drawing inside of a month. While I don’t have an outside job, I still don’t spend my entire day just drawing. (Although sometimes I’d like to!) Colored pencil drawings are very time consuming and it’s really hard to squeeze in enough time to get anything finished very quickly.

I chose to jump in on the monthly challenge last October because I just loved the photo reference provided for the challenge. The subject matter, the colors, all of it was just so inspiring. I really thought I could get it finished within the deadline. Obviously that didn’t happen. Life happened instead. ¬†However, I am very pleased to announce that after 7 months of drawing, planning, waiting, and drawing some more, it is finally finished.

Here are a few work-in-progress (WIP) photos. You will find more WIP photos is earlier blog posts from last fall.

Woodland Nymph is drawn on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch black paper using 100% colored pencils. I used Prismacolor Premier, Faber-Castell Polychromos, and a couple of Caran d’ache Luminance pencils. The background was largely done with Prismacolor Art Stix and a few pencils. When using pencils on the background, I sharpened them to a very fine point and then used the pencils on their side to take advantage of the pencil lead making as much contact with the surface as possible. Overall I am quite pleased with the outcome of the background. I wanted a background that was interesting, yet didn’t distract from the nymph.

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Laying down a highlight layer of cream on what will become a leaf.
Laying down a highlight layer of cream on what will become a leaf.
After adding some greens and yellows. I use a clear sheet of acetate under my hand to protect the  drawing that is already completed.
After adding some greens and yellows. I use a clear sheet of acetate under my hand to protect the drawing that is already completed.

The following are some of my favorite details of the piece.20160513_102355

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All matted and framed and ready for a new home!
All matted and framed and ready for a new home!

Woodland Nymph is currently on display at the Logansport Art Association Annual Fine Arts Show in Logansport, Indiana. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing the original artwork. Prints of “Woodland Nymph” are available on my website at LisaBlissRush.com¬†.