I have started a series of colour pencil paintings of Rylstone, New South Wales, a tiny historical stone village on the edge of the Greater Blue Mountains National Park. Many of the buildings date from the early 1800s.
My Supplies for Colour Pencil Paintings
Stonehenge paper (specifically made for colour pencils)
The photo printed at the size to fit the painting on the drawing paper
A palette selection from my gorgeous Prismacolor™ Premier® pencils in
pigments to match the photographs
Foamcore™ board for attaching the drawing paper
Push pins to pin the corners of the paper to the board
White plastic eraser
White mounting putty for gentle erasing
Sharpener (hand held) with sharp blades
F or HB pencil for light preliminary drawing
The first two paintings
Historic Rylstone Station
The railway used to operate here and the old station building still stands, although is now privately owned.
Painted from a mid morning photograph with diffuse shadows.
A Stone Cottage
No one lives in this cottage at present. Constructed of stone quarried locally, it has interesting quoins. (Quoins are the joined corners at the ends of stone walls of buildings.)
I took the photograph for this picture in the late afternoon, so the shadows are dark and long.
I have several more photos and plan several more colour pencil paintings from around the village.
Buddi has been Denise's companion for fourteen years. He talks to me at my feet when I sit down in her loungeroom. My two little dogs love him, but he is old and sick now, and not too fussed any more about two young ruffians hooning around.
Working on the colour pencil drawing
I started his colour pencil portrait this week and Denise came to see the work in progress and was really moved.
The paper I am using is Canson Mi-Tientes in mid blue, which contrasts very well with his light coat.
Working for an hour each day, it is progressing quickly.
Buddi portrait in progress
Sadly, Buddi is going to say goodbye to his mum today, so it's a timely pet portrait.
My Biology practical book was kept by the teacher when I finished matriculation as inspiration for future classes, because of my drawing skill. But that sort of drawing is not what I need for my travel journalling sketching, so I decided to learn about shading, form, and other interesting stuff.
I am reading all I can on my iPad when I can’t sleep, and watching video lessons while the removalists pack the bulk of our possessions for storage.