Saturday, June 18, 2011


This is what I'm working on.

Its just the top half. Yes, its very turquoise.
I can't believe how long it took just to do this much. Well, actually I can. Its just that every time I do something like this I question my sanity. You colored pencil people know what I mean.

I'm not satisfied with just putting down a flat layer of an aqua or turquoise color, then a plain stripe of yellow and orange. I have to add all sorts of blues and greens, and change the temperature of the colors in the zig zag stripes as well.

This is how many colors have gone into this so far. Prismacolors and Polychromos.

This has a long way to go, so I will be tucked in beneath the A/C vent, squirreling away on it for the foreseeable future. Actually, now that the heat has officially arrived, I would like to stay squirreled away until about September!

Adios ~


Sarah Melling said...

Well, rest assured that all of that wonderful layering is appreciated by the viewer, whether they know it or not. We colored pencil folks know how much time it takes (maybe that's why most of my stuff is on a white background?), but the uninitiated will still be drawn in by the magical beauty that only comes from such painstaking work.

And I'm happy to see that not everyone works on the whole piece at once...I try that when I can, but prefer to shuffle my way across the page. Well done!

Wendy Edelson said...

absolutely, everything that Sarah said above.....but from the view of a watercolorist who glazes in thin watery layers of transparent color.
Nothing can recreate the transcendent glow of a chorus of color lovingly applied, a meditation while the world spins.
Brava, Paula!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

So far so good...delicious colors!