Friday, January 7, 2011

Contemplating Mischief

Contemplating Mischief
8x11 inches
Coloured pencils and Pan Pastels on wood
More experimentation with wood, only this time I primed the wood with Clear Colourfix primer and then sanded it with very fine sanding paper. I think this surface worked slightly better with the coloured pencils than just the acrylic or wood on it's own, although next time I would probably do another coat of primer and sand it even smoother. I do prefer the smoothest surface possible. I miss the fact that you can't really scratch the colour out like you can on drafting film, but there are so many other aspects that make the wood very pleasant to work with.

The reference photo for this cutie was provided by Ainhoa pcb on Flickr and was used with her kind permission. Some of you might remember I used this image before to do a graphite drawing called Whistful.


15 comments:

Dors said...

Lovely work Karen. Amazing how pencil works on the wood surface.

Love it.

sue said...

Oh I do love this one - so soft and cute. Definitely has the Ahhhh factor!

Mona said...

Karen, what a great idea to put the colorfix on wood! I like the effects you got with this, and also with the acrylic/pencil/gesso in Goddess of the Sea on wood. Great experimentation & great results!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Dors, Sue and Mona for all your encouraging words. I am really am enjoying the wood and it is lovely to know you find it an interesting surface to view :))

AutumnLeaves said...

I absolutely love the surface, Karen. This piece and the last are so very beautiful!! What a contrast with the softness of the colors and subjects and the wooden surface being hard. Perfection!

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Sherry - how lovely to see you back on my blog!!! Hopefully things are starting to look a little rosier for you now - I was soooo sad to hear about the loss of your beautiful pooch, but I think 2011 is going to be a much better year for you!!!! Oh, and thank you for your kind comments :)

sam said...

Beautiful Karen, youve captured a lovely soft feel.

Artoholic said...

I could just reach out and tickle kitty under the chin! Just beautiful Karen.

The greys of the fur really complement the blonde timber.

More please!

Cheers,

Cindy

Wendy Mould said...

I love the texture you got on the wood. Your little kitten just has such a feeling of softness to him. Very nice work.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Sam, Cindy and Wendy for your very encouraging words!!! :)

Gary Keimig said...

really nice Karen. Interesting your use of surfaces. I used to do a lot of oils on walnut panels that i traded a cabinet maker out of and have thought of doing more of that myself.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

I'd love to see some of your works on the walnut panels Gary. When we visit any of the galleries that have paintings done by the masters, I always seem to be drawn more to those paintings done on wood, over those done on canvas - they appear to have more detail and such a smooth texture.

DEB said...

What a beautiful portrait Karen! I too have gotten used to being able to scrape out color on film or board, but I've been using bristol vellum lately to try to break myself of that habit. Truly, I think your talent would shine regardless of the substrate. I never thought of combining pastels and pencils. I love the acrylic / pencil combo. Interesting!

Carol Andre' said...

Gorgeous little piece Karen. The wood is agreeing with you I think. It is soooo soft. I just want to reach out and touch. Alot of folks say "it looks like a photograph" thinking that is a compliment, but good work is BETTER than a photo. It has a "reality" quality that makes it go far beyond what a camera can do. You achieve that constantly...

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Thank you Deb - I know you are like me and love to experiment with all those different surfaces and mediums - isn't it fun!!!

What a lovely compliment Carol - that means so much, especially coming from someone as talented as yourself!!!