06 June 2012
Painters at the Lake will be taking a summer hiatus, beginning in June and will return in September. Their last class focused on decorative painting with colored pencils. Marilyn Hale and JoAnn Oss taught the class in hopes that some would want to continue to explore the medium.
“It’s a great medium, it’s portable, you don’t need water or paints and clean up is easy,” said Hale. Many of the members seem to enjoy working on the picture of an old boot with the bird perched on it.
Colored pencil in decorative painting is much different than in traditional art circles. Many of the decorative artists prefer to use a circular motion to fill in color and layer colors. This can be one technique. A linear motion is also often used by colored pencil artists, including Gary Green.
Layering the colors is key. These artists were also using a rougher card stock with Prismacolor pencils, making the picture appear sweeter, wispier and softer. For deeper color, some artists use oil based pencils and vellum paper.
There are many tricks and techniques to using colored pencils and most of them are easy and fun but unlike some forms of art, the details take longer to complete.
For more information about PATL, contact Marilyn Hale at 589-6672.