Prismacolor on Bristol

     This week was spent  thinking about small exercises that I could do in colored pencil.  I wanted to pick small projects that would take about 15-30 minutes.  I knew for certain that did not want to draw fruits and veggies and I sure as heck did not want to draw another APPLE.  But there I was all week collecting ref. material for fruits and veggies.  I hate to admit it, but they are the best to start with, I guess.  They have simple shapes  and different depths and variations of one or two colors.  so why fight it.

I’m not to happy this this lemon, it just about glows in the dark!  I used a color pallet from one of my c.p. books.   I guess you can’t believe everything you read. For now,  I am putting the books away and I’m going to wing it.    I really shouldn’t be using them anyway.  I hope I have something better to show next time.  As for today, it ends on a sour note….My nuclear lemon.

A New Year Begins….

 EDM #9 Draw a bit of organized chaos

EDM #12 Draw what you ate for dinner

EDM #13 Draw your telephone

EDM #15 Draw a tree, leaves or branches

EDM # 16 Draw your favorite tool

Graphite and Colored Pencil on Sketch


     EDM 9 is the inside of a wrist watch. EDM 16 is a wire bending tool for jewelry making. EDM 12 is a sad drawing of a great dinner.  EDM 15 is my Harry Potterish tree.  EDM 13 is my phone with the number 867-5309 on the screen then I just had to add a bathroom stall.  I know I am dating myself, but as I began to draw the phone that song just came to me and I ended up singing it until I was finished drawing.

    I have been giving a lot of thought to my resolutions, goals and lists.  I really am not into structure; well not in my personal life anyway.  I have been in a  K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) mode ever since I quit work to stay home with Alana.   So in the end I have no resolutions, no immediate goals and no list for them.   I am just going to enjoy the drawing, the painting, the beading and the reading all year long.

“Quick Sketches in Still Life” Crayola Colored Pencil on 60 lb. drawing paper

These are sketch color exercises in still life that I will be participating in starting April, but I wanted to get a head start.  The idea is to find something, draw it, and color it as fast as you can while you time yourself.  My drawing is kinda of hit and miss.  Sometimes I can draw it and sometimes I can’t.  I am hoping that these exercises will help me.  My problem with drawing is that I don’t draw what I actually see, I end up drawing what I think I see and that’s a big no-no.  I have started carrying a mechanical pencil and a Moleskine sketch book in my purse just in case I get inspired, we’ll see.  These drawings are done with the 50ct. Crayola Colored pencils.  I do have artist grade pencils, but I didn’t want to waste them on practice sketches. But surprisingly enough the pencils are actually pretty good.  So, If you are new to colored pencil, Crayola is a good pencil to start with. 


sheet wrinkle – 30 minutes                                 salt shaker – 15 minutes

roladex – 17 minutes                                              candy cane – 16 minutes

perfume – 45 minutes                                           coffee cup – 20 minutes

cinnamon candy – 5 minutes