Thursday, August 05, 2010

Espresso Caramel

Back to my colored pencils. I'm doing a small piece - an espresso caramel in a wrapper.

Its getting there. Even though its small, its still work. Doing a small piece isn't any easier - it just doesn't take as long. But I'm finding that after doing painterly digital for a while now, my eyes are having to retrain themselves to see details again. Colored pencils also take me into a 'zone', which digital does not.

I'd like to do this one as a series of four - one from the other side (which looks very different); one that's just the caramel, unwrapped; and one of just the empty wrapper.

The wrapper is a sort of waxed paper, and the caramel itself is very dark (since it has espresso in it), so the colors here are a challenge - not what you would normally think of when you think "a caramel in a wrapper".

And oh, its 4 x 4 inches, and Polychromos on Stonehenge (surprise!). I have some new pencils that I do want to try, but my default setting is Polys.


CC said...

I love your pencil work and this one is lovely. I especially enjoy the "steps". You
must have infinite patience.

I'm not getting anything spiritual out of digital either. I am, however, fine tuning my
collection of 4 letter words.... ;-)

Thinking I need to return to flower painting.

Carry on, M'dear.

Vicki Greene said...

I love all of the wonderful colors that you bring into a piece.

Janet Pantry said...

I love this Paula, and thanks for uploading the stages. You do put such soul into your pencil work with those subtle colours...Polys help with that too, I think :)