Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Watercolor crayons

20 x 30 cm  Watercolor Crayons and Watercolor on Arches 140 WCP


I am back in the saddle again and decided to jump in at the last minute to try the latest challenge from Karin Jurick - drawing from a photo of a statue.

I used 3 Caran dAche watercolor crayons to make the drawing:  Royal Blue, Bordeaux Red and Golden Ochre. Then I used a brush full of water and blended these colors to define my shadow areas. While it was still wet I dropped in some regular watercolor (yellow ochre, ultramarine blue and permanent rose) to finish it off. My friend Hillary Miller sent the crayons to me as a surprise after I admired some drawings she had done with them.

These crayons are such a joy to work with!  I can't wait to take them with me to my life study group next week!

23 comments:

Jean Spitzer said...

I like this combo of crayon and water. Very beautiful, especially when viewed larger.

adebanji said...

Simplicity! This is simply great!

A Brush with Color said...

Beautiful! I really love this.

dominique eichi said...

THis has such a nice look to it. : )

Sheila said...

Lovely watercolors! The warms and cools are particularly enticing in this one. Great work. And thanks for the Reid workshop posts, they inspire me to get back into watercolor painting!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I/We missed you.
I love this one it is beautiful.

Carol Horzempa said...

Beautifully done, Carol! It makes me want to go back to watercolor. Thanks for sharing information on the watercolor crayons. I would like to try them some day. Love your blog!

Hillary Miller said...

Awesome! it's a beautiful piece, and I'm glad you're enjoying the wc crayons!

Cathy Gatland said...

Wow - this is so beautiful. Are these the crayons that look like wax crayons (neocolor II I think)or are they pencil crayons? I have some neocolor IIs but have never got them to look like that!

Jennifer Lawson said...

This is just wonderful, Carol. I loved how you used the crayons—a perfect combination with regular watercolor.

NoNo said...

hello!!
Thanks for the Charles Reid report. Truly interesting!

Nice work with DSDF.
Saludos

Sandi Hester said...

WOW - BEAUTIFUL!!!!

laura said...

Beautiful, Carol--the glow is gorgeous and the drawing perfect!

Pat said...

Lovely use of color.

Annelein said...

Beautiful detail with the watercolor crayons...I haven't used those in years...I just got a set of a new Caran d'Ache product a lead holder with watersoluble leads...their museum collection.. very nice as well. Thanks for your comment on my dsfdf piece, welcome back and I've really enjoyed your Charles Reid postings!

L.Holm said...

Lovely work!

Beetle said...

Delightful sketch. I find statues a great subject due to the clarity of light. I must say I'm envious of your Charles Reid Workshop. He's a genious, and modest too by all accounts.

annie said...

Beautiful, Carol. I love the watery shadows and colors against the rough crayon texture. A real inspiration to me because I have been going crazy with watercolor pencils and crayons, but this will get me back to try, again.
Thanks,
annie

Miriam said...

Glad you're back in the saddle again! Ride, ride, ride.
Miriam

milindmulick said...

nice work here..nice blog!

arcobaleno said...

Beautiful art! very beautiful!!! I like... Ciao, I am italian artist of Roma!!!!

marcello murru said...

very bellissimo!

MR Anand said...

I love the flow of the painting, and the energy...simple yet breathtaking.