The postman delivered a very special package yesterday – two brand new, hot-off-the-press copies of DK’s Artist’s Drawing Techniques. The pastel section of this book is filled with my pastel paintings as well as my words about the techniques and about my beliefs around working in pastels.
Before reading further, refresh your memory about this project by clicking here to read my blog about how it came about and the work I’d done for it in January.
I worked on this project for the first three months of this year – intense but rewarding days of painting, writing, editing, emailing. It was wonderful but I sure couldn’t keep up for that pace for many months! The project required completion by the end of March (hence the intensity) so there was no Mexico winter getaway for us this year 🙁
But when I opened this gorgeous book, I knew that all the work and the sacrifice of other projects and travel were worth it!
What’s strange is seeing the rest of the book. I was in my own world of creating, only vaguely aware that there were two other artists working in the pastel section and even less aware about what was going on in the four other sections of the book – pencil, charcoal, pen, coloured pencil. I haven’t spent much time with it yet but WOW – so much info and beautiful work here.
So what to show you?
How about the spreads showing the paintings I revealed to you in the January blog?
Right. First there’s the “Returning Home” painting. I created this for the ‘Darkening Colours’ spread. Sometimes when you’re working with a limited palette with very few darks, you have to resort to using black – eek! This spread shows you how I do that – lay down the black first then add the dark colours you do have over it. (This photo doesn’t show the subtleties of colour over the black – in right top corner).
Rather than decide between the two tulip paintings I had done, the DK editors and design team decided to include both! This was in the ‘To Blend or Not To Blend’ spread. I loved painting the tulips (one of my favourite subjects) in different colour schemes – same group of tulips but a different set of pastels – one bright and the other more subdued.
And yup, that’s my hand you see in many of the images. It was quite something to hold the camera with one hand (and not letting it slip!) and pastel with the other AND end up with a clean, non-blurry image!
Here’s the painting I did for ‘Mixing Neutrals’. I do like this painting with its fairly muted colours and the mysterious conversation in the background!
And lastly, here’s the cat, all done! This is the spread on ‘Scumbling’. It was a real task coming up with compelling subjects that were not only appealing to look at but that would also demonstrate a specific technique in the most revealing and practical way.
It’s quite something to see my work and thoughts reproduced in the pages of this wonderful book. I feel grateful and honoured to have had this opportunity.
I created 16 spreads for DK’s Artist’s Drawing Techniques and these are only four of them. They are merely a teaser! I’m hoping by now you may be intrigued enough to buy the book 🙂 Here are the links. The first is for US and International buyers and the second for Canadians. I don’t get royalties from the sale but I do get a wee commission from Amazon if you purchase through one of my links.
Things can happen when you least expect them. I encourage you to ride the wave of opportunity; be open for when it comes by.
Tell me one amazing thing that’s happened to you this year!!
Until next time,
PS. Most of the paintings done for this book are still available for purchase!!
PPS. If you do purchase the book, and you like it, I hope you’ll consider leaving a review on Amazon 🙂