Australian Coloured Pencils Network
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Name: Richard Klekociuk
Born in Hobart, in 1950, I developed a passion for drawing from my father.
During my time as a teacher I managed to practice my art where and when possible. As well as a producer of art, I am currently the Curator of the Mezzanine Gallery at Country Club Tasmania and conduct occasional art workshops.
Besides many solo exhibitions, I was a member of the former, Tasmanian Abstract and Contemporary Artists’ group (vice-President) and I have recently re-joined the Launceston Art Society, and am a member of the Burnie Coastal Art Group.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Richard Klekociuk was kind enough to send me some images of his work so i will be doing an artist profile post on him in the next couple of days, stay tuned for that.
Today i was very excited to receive my copy of Arlene Steinberg's new book "Masterful Color".
I have known Arlene for a few years now via online forums etc, her work was one of the first ever coloured pencil pieces i have ever seen and inspired me to start working with cp, so i was so excited to receive her new book (i have been waiting on for a while). Arlene supplied me a couple of weeks ago with a breakdown of her book have a look at my blog post here if your interested.
It's not just your standard cp technique book, she taught me alot about complimentary colours and underpaintings in my pieces and she demonstrates this technique in her book. For the beginner she also has line drawings that you can trace or photocopy to get you started. I am yet to get stuck into it, but on first glance looks great. Not sure if it will come out in bookshops here but if it does definately work a flick through.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I DO like to blend, I use brushes, makeup pads, cotton tips, solvents, my finger and sometimes the colourless blender. I recently have been using Neocolours II with a slightly damp brush underneath my pencil particularly for backgrounds. I generally like a really smooth feel with no bumps and ridges showing through i am trying desperately to kerb this obsession as its very time consuming but i generally "know" when an area is done. I generally always burnish most areas towards the end.
Here are some examples of Belinda's Work
This blog was started for a few reasons, the one main one being that I wanted to create a place where Australian Coloured Pencils (ACP) artists can meet up and get to know one another. There doesn't seem to be much local support for ACP artists and most of us don't know who the others are so with this blog wanted to try to change this a little :)
In recent times, people have contacted me asking whether there was any local societies available, the US and UK have their societies and the short answer is no there is nothing like that here that i can find. That doesn't mean there can't be one in the future but we need the members and participants to support it so i am also hoping that this blog would be a way of asessing what sort of interest there is. I think we are getting more and more CP artists in Aus so this blog would be a good place at least start to gather a list all of your websites and contact details with the view that if there is enough interest eventually we can build an online gallery / website and maybe even our own society later on down the track.
At the moment i have left this blog open to the public so that we can display our work and become a bit of a directory but if artists want more of a closed community we can turn the public function off and just have it a closed blog to members only if that issue arises.
I see this blog as a community project, i just don't want this blog just to be updated by myself, i would like others to help add to the site and keep the site fresh and new for the interest of all of us.
So here is how you could be involved:
- If you are an Australian cp artist send me your website or blog address and i will add you to the list (right) of ACP artists.
- If you have a show or some cp news you would like to share or just want to show a wip or new work, i would like to have multiple artist authors so you can either send me an email with the details you would like to add to this site or request to be an author to add to the site yourself, please only do this if you would like to be adding regularly.
- I thought we could also do a mini gallery / profile via a blog post for ACP artists, i will start and do one on myself, if you would like to have your own work displayed either by adding it yourself or sending me the details and i will ad it. Please include some photos of your artwork and a short bio on yourself and your website or email address whichever you prefer.
- If you post on your own blog on tips techniques etc make sure let me know and i will link to it.