Thursday, October 13, 2011

Drawing Day in the Studio

Autumn Coast, 9x13, Graphi-tint pencil, Autumn Brown, water added, on hot pressed paper
Jan Blencowe, copyright 2011

Acadia Memory, 7.75 x 10.75, charcoal on handmade paper. Jan Blencowe, copyright 2011

I love drawing. I don't spend nearly as much time doing it as I would like to or ought to. Funny thing about drawings (and most works on paper), they don't fetch as big a price as a painting on canvas or linen of the same size, yet I think that drawings are so expressive and retain so much of the artists handwriting that they are perhaps worth more than a painting in the long run.

(BTW if you'd like to purchase either of these send me an email

The piece on top was created using graphi-tint pencils, they are graphite pencils with pigment added. They are also water-soluable and when you go over the drawing with a wet brush you essentially create a watercolor, which is what I did here. I have this new "dynamic viewing" option plugged into the blog now so if you click on the image above it will open larger in a light box. It's kind of cool and lets you see the painting/drawing larger and in more detail.

The second piece is vine charcoal, a very expressive medium and some white charcoal, which is essentially pastel for added contrast, on beautiful heavy weight handmade paper.

I'm holding off on working more on my new large painting as my Tuesday students have asked me not to work on it until next week so they can observe the entire painting process. That means that I'll probably draw for a few more days, which is fine with me!

Experience is an Arch, 24x30, acrylic on linen, Jan Blencowe, copyright 2011

I got word today that Experience is an Arch was juried into the New Britain Museum of American Art Show. This is my fourth year in the show and I am very honored to have a painting selected by Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Coincidentally, I will be going to the Cape Cod Museum on Saturday with my daughter for the regional portfolio review for high school students. While I'm there I'm looking forward to seeing Men and the Sea, works of Frank Cardozo Nicholas, given my new interest in seascapes. 

I'm extraordinarily busy these days, but in this case busy is good! The Autumn Art Trail last week end was wonderful. I had approximately 30 people visit my studio and I had a delightful time chatting with them. I began a new group of students on Tuesday who will continue with me for a month. I have a prospective student coming on Sunday for an interview. Plus I am organizing an incredible art event, that I can't tell you about yet!  On the heels of that I will be planning a special invitation only holiday open studio with another artist. 

Live with Art, It's good for YOU!

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