I am Lisa Bliss Rush. I am an artist, a work-at-home mother of three (two have already left the nest,) grandmother of two, and wife to an amazing man I'm proud to call my husband. I plan to share my art with you as I travel this creative path through life. I also want to share with you all of the wonderful, fascinating things that inspire me to create. Be it nature, music, people or other great works of art, this world is full of inspiration just waiting to be absorbed! View or purchase my art at: www.lisablissrush.com Follow me at: www.facebook.com/lisablissartworks
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” 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” 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.
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.
The following are some of my favorite details of the piece.
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 .