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Congratulations, Sara. Well done, indeed.


All's well that ends in cookies! I, too, want to do something away from the computer, and since it's about 1:20 a.m., it might even be SLEEP.
Then again, it might not.

Congrats on nanopoblomo! Your fish are marvelous!


And all cookies end in me! :)

Thanks, ladies. Patry, I'm glad you like Fish II. Guess what I made it out of? That's right: colored pencil on paper. I hope you saw my post on my plein air adventures in Newport, too. I think they'd make you laugh. They also resulted in some lesser examples of colored pencil painting you might find interesting.

And now, my budding fellow colored pencil artist, I will tell you two secrets of the painting Fish II, both of which are things I learned from my mother. This painting was created using a very limited palette (just a few colors, maybe five, mostly white) on luscious black Fabriano Tiziano paper.

Using colored paper as a base is a classic technique but is also considered a slightly risky move if one is looking for longevity of a given piece because colors can fade and thus dramatically change the whole piece fundamentally over time. However people looking for particular longevity don't work in paper media in the first place because even acid-free, archival quality paper is very fragile relative to, say, canvas, and colored pencil works need to be kept away from things which cause fading, things like direct sunlight and high heat situations, anyway.

I don't know about you, but I do not create art for posterity. If anything I make lives past me, well, groovy, but I won't be here, so I don't care. The point is to make the art. Meanwhile, though I hope the owner(s) will take good care of it, I must admit I also kind of like the idea that the piece I spray fixative over one day and that same piece of paper fifty years from now might comprise two totally different images. The same can be said for everything alive, and I like to think of my work as alive after it leaves me and belongs to other people. After all, as I mentioned elsewhere, it's going to have whole other lives in other people who see it, anyway, one way or another.

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