Thursday, July 4, 2013

Grapelight - G is for Grape

'Grapelight' 
5 x 7 inches 
colored pencil on Ampersand Pastelbord
$100 plus $7 US shipping/$15 International





Every time I do a colored pencil piece I have a series of conflicting feelings: 

1. (Infatuated beginning) "This is SO much fun! Why don't I do these more often? I can't wait to do more. I want to do a pony, and a puppy, and some glass bottles, and some orange slices, and some shiny ribbon, etc. etc. etc." *manic grin*

2. (Midway through) *sigh* "This is taking forever. I want to be done. Maybe I'll just call it done. No wait, I can't because I've already spent like forever working on this." *sigh* "And I'm all out of cookies." *heavy sigh* 

3. (Almost done) "Almost done! Huzzah!!!" *lackluster fist pump*

4. (All done) "I am never doing one of these again. Never." *takes bite out of cookie* *thoughtful gazing at finished piece which I'm very proud of even though my fingers are totally sore now from pressing so hard* "Well. . . maybe not for a few days at least."

In other words, it's something like this: 


This is G for grape in my alphabet series.

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!! :D

34 comments:

  1. That was too funny : ) Gorgeous though! Snap! Love, love, love. Now go enjoy your holiday : )

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    1. Thanks Kim! Have I told you that I love it when you say snap? Because I do. :D

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  2. Love this, and I know what you mean about colored pencils. I used to use them exclusively in college. Maybe you need that board that Esther Roi designed, seems like it makes it go a lot faster.

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    1. Thanks Carrie! It actually was faster than watercolor, but still. Kind of slow. ;) And I've been wanting one of her boards for a long time. I'm not sure how it would work through the board though.

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  3. Ha! Love it! I think I go through a similar process with most every painting ;-)
    I really do need to give colored pencils a try......

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  4. Ha! Love it! I think I go through a similar process with most every painting ;-)
    I really do need to give colored pencils a try......

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    1. Ha ha! yes it could be applied to any painting right? And yes you should, they are loads of fun. Grown up coloring!!

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  5. Grapes! God, I love the light in it. LOVE! Every so often I think I should paint some still life but then I realize... I really, really hate still life.

    Unless there's cool light effects going on, which includes Carrie's glass and reflective things and lots of other stuff. Cause I think that's epic and I'd kinda sorta like to paint it. Maybe. Probably not.

    I'm on D! :D

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    1. Ha ha ha!! I'm exactly like you, I hate painting still life if the lighting is subtle. But with the right sunlight, I'll paint just about anything. ;)

      Go D!!

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  6. loving this alphabet series! I haven't tried colored pencils for years!!! You do so well with them I can see why they keep drawing you back in...hahaha pun intended...

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  7. Oh that light, delicious! Gotta love me some grapes with a mr. Ackles on the side :D
    Now seriously I didn't realize it was colored pencils until I read the post, the result worths all the sore fingers girl!

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    1. Ha ha!! Grapes with Mr. Ackles on the side. ;) I love it. :) Thanks so much Teresa!

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  8. Beautiful piece! I'm agreeing with Teresa, worth the sore fingers :) x

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  9. Oh my goodness, please do more!! Tis is outstanding!!! Beautiful light!

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    1. He he! I liked 'Tis is' it sounds so epic. :)

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  11. It's gorgeous, Crystal! The finish is so smooth, it looks like a watercolor or oil. That is a serious amount of pencil-pushing!!! And as always, I LOVE reading your story about the painting. Say "Hi" to Dean Winchester for me. :)

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! :D It was some intense pencil pushing for sure!! I'll be sure to tell Dean Hi for you. He he. ;)

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  12. I felt that way when I painted a pineapple one time (in watercolor). I swore I'd NEVER paint another one...and I haven't!

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    1. Lol, you're a woman of your word Helen. :)

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  13. I know your colored pencil art is fantastic but I never would have guessed this wasn't a watercolor if you hadn't told us. Hope all is good with you and yours.

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  14. Beautiful work, Crystal. It was worth the time you took to draw this...Amazing piece...it looks like watercolor!!!!LOVE IT!!

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  15. G for just GREAT ... beautifully rendered crystal

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  16. Wow! This looks just like watercolour! How do you do that?????????????????????? Amazing!

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  17. I'm just in awe that this is colored pencil! My colored pencil sketches do NOT turn out like this. Lol! Your mastery of light blows my mind, my lovely friend!

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  18. You've expressed the hope/despair, ecstasy/agony of making art so well in this post! I can so identify.

    It's a lovely piece and turned out nicely even with all the despair and agony!

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