Still working on the coloring of my work in progress. This is seriously slow work. The paper is 10" x 15" so it's pretty good sized and I'm carefully coloring each flower with layers of colors, 3 pencils are used for each color. I think the time spent is worth it, even though it feels like I'll never get this finished. But I shall forge ahead each day until it's done. I may need to do some other art in addition to this each day, though. It'll take longer to get it finished by diverting time and attention to other projects but I think that's necessary to be able to keep developing my skills in other techniques and to have art that I can get ready to show and/or sell.
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So, today's entry is the second exercise in my online colored pencil class. It starts with this grid, which contains 144 small squares. Then we use 6 colored pencils (2 blues, 2 reds, 2 yellows), plus white and a blending pencil in any number of combinations to fill these 144 squares. This exercise isn't about color theory but rather about experimentation and play, employing curiosity when combining colors for each square. At first, I thought, ok, no biggie, this'll be interesting and probably quick. When the teacher said that this exercise could take up to 6 hours to complete, I scoffed. How could this possibly take that long? Well, I'd say this took at least that long. Now, I didn't work on it without breaks but it's definitely more time consuming than I first thought. My title for this post...this did get a little tedious and I had to employ much patience and even perseverance to make it to the end. Since I have a tendency to quit things I'm not enjoying, I committed to finishing this. The teacher said it's totally possible to have 144 unique combinations of colors from these 8 pencils but to not worry about devising a "system" of color combinations, just to let the ideas flow, to experiment and play. I thought, ok...let's see what happens. Maybe she's right...maybe it is possible to have 144 unique colors but since I didn't bother devising a "system" I quickly forgot what combinations I'd already tried so I'm certain I have repeating colors. Oh well...I do find it interesting to look at but I'm so glad it's done!