Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bellagio - SOLD


This is my submission to this months A Day Not Wasted challenge, which is a photo from Lee's travels. This one is a restaurant in Bellagio Italy. His photos are always so full of color & detail, plus the lighting is excellent. For this one I did choose to do a tighter vertical crop, and I may do a mate to this of the opposite side of his photo.

But what is very different is the style of this piece of art. After reading a few threads in different forums, I ordered 2 sets of art tools to work with. I tried using them with this painting, hence the more illustrative look.

I ordered a set of the Pigma brush tip pens. These are extremely interesting. Acrylic inks within a pen that has a pointed brush-like tip. Wonderful for doing fine lines, but also for filling in shapes. There are only 8 colors in the set, but it was enough to do the basics in this, especially the black, brown, orange & red. You can attempt to blend the inks but run the risk of ruining the tips, as they will absorb the opposite color a bit & become stained. But I loved the feel of the pen in my hand, and the ability to do fine lines - something my hand trembles with a regular brush. I had ordered these through Jerry's Artarama online.

The other set of inks I ordered were more expensive. These were the Copic multiliner SP set of 12 assorted colors. I found a link on these after I signed up for the Sketchbook Project. I read some artists comments, expressing concern that the paper in the Sketchbooks was thin enough to cause a "bleed-through" when working on them. A few of them commented on the Copic multiliners giving them the ability to "sketch" with color and not suffer the bleed-through (unless pressing very heavy). These pens are more pen-like than the Pigma (which were more marker like) and reminded me somewhat of my old Rapidigraph pens. The Copic set was ordered through Dick Blick's website.

I learned a great deal on this project - sort of my testing zone for the Sketchbook work. I loved the feel of having pens/markers - but won't be abandoning my brushes! These new items will just be added to the list of tools I love having at my fingertips when I want to express something with fine lines. Love having that option!

Assorted inks on canvas, 7x11

6 comments:

Jean Nelson Paintings and Photography said...

Hi Nancie, I like the style you achieved with pens. Your story about them is interesting. Your painting has an illustration quality, as you say, like watercolor and ink. Bright colors and fine detail. Very nice.

padmaja said...

Nancy, this is stunningly beautiful with the vibrant colors and detailed lines and shapes.Great job!

Dusty Pines said...

lovely deep colors & lots going on - a fun work! glad i found your blog! (i had been searching for you, as the info from my bloglist didn't include your blog address)

Margaret Bednar said...

This is truly outstanding and I'm going to have to jot down those supplies... I cropped to about the same view of this photo- LOL - I'm going to give it a whirl. His photos and blog are so beautiful.

martinealison said...

Absolument très belle harmonie de couleurs... Bises

Nancie Johnson said...

Thank you! This was a lot of fun and glad I could pass along the info on the pens. I love the look of watercolor & ink, but have not tried working with watercolors (yet). I thought these pens & this style would get me as close to that look with acrylics as I could. Thanks again.

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